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Once a month, from 7PM to 10PM, the artist collective MTAA convert their N6th St. Brooklyn studio into a venue for the presentation of time-based art.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

KRIEGSPIEL - Guy Debord’s 1978 “Game of War” Produced for computer by RSG

KRIEGSPIEL screenshot

On February 08 February 22, from 7pm to 10 pm, OTO is pleased to present -

+ LAN party! +

Guy Debord’s 1978 “Game of War”
Produced for computer by RSG

* bring your own laptop *

In 1978 the French Situationist Guy Debord designed and fabricated a board game called “The Game of War.” Thirty years later RSG is resurrecting this largely forgotten game, translating the game instructions from French to Java and releasing it as an online computer game. We explore the contradiction between Debord, a symbol of radical politics and art in 1960s France, and the Napoleonic war game he created. In Debord’s own words the game was the only thing in his entire body of work that had any value. Was it nostalgia, or a vision of things to come?

Founded in 2000, RSG is a collective of programmers and artists working on experimental software products. The Kriegspiel team consists of: Alexander R. Galloway, producer and programming; Carolyn Kane, research; Adam Parrish, programming; Daniel Perlin, sound; DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek, music; and Mushon Zer-Aviv, design.

* bring your own laptop *

Update - 300 dpi images at http://r-s-g.org/kriegspiel/images_300dpi.html

documentation from this event

posted by mriver at 8:01 pm  


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    Pingback by DUTTY ARTZ » Blog Archive » I DECLARE WAR GAMES — January 30, 2008 @ 2:54 am

  2. Congrats on the project. I wish I could come and play, but I will be in Boston on Friday. No way we can connect remotely?

    Comment by arikan — February 5, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

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  4. When I was a kid, all we had to do was just sit around and hope somebody would invent television so we could play Nintendo.

    Comment by Rolland G. — February 19, 2008 @ 4:39 am

  5. two essays that are relevant here:




    The first objects to the denigration of Clausewitz in HcHugh’s review of Debord’s “Kriegspiel,” while the second shows the factual errors of another (negative) review of Debord’s game.

    Comment by NOT BORED! — December 13, 2008 @ 9:15 pm

  6. […] The announcement: […]

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