An Interactive Exhibition of Computer Games
Computer games can be seen as political statements, entertainment or art depending on the context. Featuring sixteen politically-ambitious computer games from the past twelve years, the touring interactive exhibition Games and Politics examines how computer games unfold their political potential.
In these games, players experience the contingencies of political decision-making itself (Democracy III) and witness social injustices. The games address precarious labor conditions (Sunset) and gender issues (Perfect Woman), the surveillance state (Touchtone), the consequences of armed conflicts (This War of Mine), the treatment of refugees (Escape from Woomera) and revolutions against totalitarian systems (Yellow Umbrella). Adopting the characters of often-marginalized people such as a border official, housekeeper, drone pilot or war survivor, players experience limited possibilities and negative sanctions through both the character and the game play.
Games and Politics presents 16 playable games that cover a wide range of political topics. In addition to trying out the games, visitors can view an introductory film about the exhibition (twenty minutes) and three mini-documentaries about the games. An accompanying exhibition catalog provides background information on these independent games and their unifying concepts.
This exhibition is organized by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien in Karlsruhe).