TIME AND PLACE:
Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.00)
Wed–Fri 11.00-20.00 (last entry 19.00)
@ Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Discover how traditional forms of chess, billiards and mazes continue to influence designers making exciting new games today.
A timeline tracing how traditional forms of chess, billiards and mazes have evolved with a selection of contemporary examples – both physical and digital – will be on show for visitors to try, including:
Four regional variations of Orthogonal/Diagonal, Nova Jiang’s modified chess sets which showed at Now Play This in 2016. Inspired by traditional Bauhaus chess sets, the pieces’ physical shape indicates how they should move.
A playable installation of Zach Gage’s Really Bad Chess, a digital game that recreates chess with a random selection of pieces for each player.
- Home Turf, by Ed Saperia, a distorted billiards table that combines the normal challenges of billiards with a deliberately difficult shape
- INKS by State of Play, an on-screen game within a physical pinball-style environment – derived from more traditional forms of billiards and bagatelle
- Maze, a challenging, two-player table-top maze game by sculptor Alexander Berchert
TIME AND PLACE:
@ Forge & Co, The Gallery, 154-158 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU
Fashion designer, musician and all-round auteur Danny Passarella turns his senses to art in his out-of-this-world debut exhibition.
The ‘Fantasy Scenes’ in question are ten pieces of wholly original art photography. Their backgrounds feature Danny’s home town of Whitley Bay in the north-east of England, while the subjects themselves are retro arcade machines from the industry’s salad days.
The sci-fi-esque images evoke the wonder of adolescence, and call to mind the importance of visionary thinking to a civilised society.
TIME AND PLACE:
18:00-22:00 on 1st May
@ Beach London, 20 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH
For their new exhibition Beach London have invited six artists to produce a piece of artwork inspired by a vintage arcade machine from the ‘Golden Era’ of coin-operated gaming.
Cabinets on show will be Pac Man, Galaxian, Space Invaders, Asteroids, Donkey Kong and Street Fighter II. Exhibiting artists include Gemma Shiel (Lazy Oaf), Anthony Burrill, Pete Fowler, Ellie Andrews, Rosy Nicholas and Malarky.
During the show Beach will be recording the top scores on each machine. At the end, each cabinet’s top-scorer will win the artwork that accompanies it.
TIME AND DATE
Free drinks from 7.30pm
Talks from 9pm
@ Apollo Cinema
19 Lower Regent Street, SW1Y 4LR
FREE tickets here
London Girl Geek Dinners runs events for geeky females who are seriously into technology, gaming, etc. Last year LGGD at Sci-Fi London held a talk from head of Film 4.0, Anna Higgs (then of Quark films) and Leilani Holmes from film-makers networking group OTT. This year, LGGD presents 2 wonderful tech talks: one on the ZX Spectrum & how it changed gaming; one on Raspberry Pi and getting kids programming.
Drinks are from 7.30pm, with wine courtesy of EA Games, followed by the talks at 9pm in the blue haze of the swanky Apollo Cinema.
LGGD attendees/members also get a discount on Sci-Fi London films tickets with the code ‘GEEK GIRLS’
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