In July 2014, the whole Cubitt young artists group went to visit the Barbican Show Gallery where all sorts of artwork were displayed and here are my favourites.
Indie Games Space
Nidhogg 2013 – 2D game
It is a sword fighting game with the aim to kill your opponent and reach the end of the screen in order to get eaten by a worm. The game is named after the mythological serpent Niðhöggr which eats the eventual winner of the duel. After death, the character is re-spawned, trying to stop the opponent from reaching the end of the screen.
In this game, the player controls a robed character in a vast desert, traveling towards a mountain in the distance. Other players on the same journey can be discovered and can assist each other but they cannot communicate through speech or text and cannot see each other’s names.The robed figure wears a trailing scarf, which allows the player to float through the air when charged by approaching floating pieces of cloth. I have played this game before and I never get bored of it. It is such a beautiful, HD game.
Sound & Vision
There was a Will.I.Am projection on a curved screen, his song playing in the background. As you move around the room, you can see his face slightly turning and his eyes following you as you move. Personally, it was a bit creepy because it was staring at me for so long but it was a very smart artwork.
There was also a three dimensional light field in a dark room (probably a basement). Here you could collaborate with other people in order to create shapes by touching and holding the light as you move it around slowly. It doesn’t work if you move it too quickly.