Join us on Thursday, June 21st for Evan Meaney’s ++ We Will Love You Forever (2017), presented by the VGA Reader. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This event is free.
The VGA Reader presents artist and contributor Evan Meaney’s ++ We Will Love You For Ever (2017), the first interactive VR work accessioned by the Video Data Bank. The artist will present the playable work and discuss his article “The Enemy of Expression: Production Notes on the Simulation of an Endless Place,” featured in the inaugural issue of the Reader. Copies of the VGA Reader and VGA Gallery prints will be available for purchase.
Meaney describes the work:
“This is an experimental virtual reality artwork, and while it offers opportunity for interaction, calling this a game goes too far. It is a disappointment simulator, a best-artist-ever-all-the-time artist simulator, a hospice simulator. The experience speaks to the art making process, impostor syndrome, decay, archives on the moon, and a persistent exile.”
The VGA Reader is a peer-reviewed journal for video game audiences and video game practitioners interested in the history, theory, and criticism of video games, explored through the lens of art history and visual culture. Its primary aim is to facilitate conversation and exploration of video game art, documenting and disseminating discourse about the far-reaching influence of video games on history, society, and culture.
Evan Meaney is an artist and researcher, teaching new media practices at the University of South Carolina in the United States. There he serves as head of the Media Arts program with specialties in game design, interactivity, and experimental cinema. His creative work explores digital liminalities and glitches of all kinds; equating failing data to ghosts, seances, and archival hauntology. He has been an artist in residence at the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Experimental Television Center, a founding member of GLI.TC/H, and a contributor to the Atlantic. His time-based artworks are available through the Video Data Bank in Chicago. He used to say he was a scientist.