written by Eddie Arroyo
In 1972 Atari released Pong which was the first commercially successful video game introduced to the market which in turn spawned the video game industry. Forty years later there has been an abundance of games which have influenced generations. The most recent effort to contextualize this medium came from The Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian. National Public Radio recently posted a story entitled Blasts From The Past: The Art Of Video Games where they described the overall motivation for the show. Perhaps this reinforces the notion that Video Game art is given more of a voice after so much time under public consumption. Such was the case when photography was placed in the context of art, then video art, and performance art. It has been the position of every new medium.
What is more intriguing in this discussion of the weight of video games on fine art is that this exhibition will go on the road and prestigious institutions in South Florida is going to participate in and hosting it the coming years.
Boca Raton Museum of Art (October 24, 2012–January 20, 2013)
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, Florida (October 9, 2015–January 25, 2016)
There have also been a number of artists who use video games as a source of inspiration such as the street artist Invader and Cory Arcangel; they utilize these iconic images to convey approaches of being. The TM Sister alluded to video game influence with their 2007 performance piece entitled “Things Will End Before They Start”. Michael Matamoros is an artist who is contextualizing this medium and explains his work in further detail.