Saturday, October 15, 2005

Let them eat Semtex

Last night was one of those nights where I started wondering whether I really am a fully- blown dystopic, fascist pig. The thing is, I don't think I am.

We were at the opening of an art exhibition that featured and commented on computer game technology. Our friends the art director and the computer programmer had masterminded the local contribution, a nice little computer game installation about art theft. They'd been working their asses off, and the result was just trönderbart.

It started well. We drank beer and bitter and felt peachy creamy, wedged in between a group of drunken oil workers on shore leave from the North Sea on the one side, and a squeeking cluster of anemic, Swedish artistes on the other.

In fact, everything was fine until the Appreciators of Art arrived. You know the type; people whose sense of humor has been replaced with a lot of grooming.

The art itself, at least some of it, was actually quite interesting. One of the computer game installations was a rapid succession of Game Over scenes in a variety of game settings. They all lasted only a few seconds, and they all ended with terrible death by suicide: A tentative jump into the lava pool. Dropping a grenade at your own feet. We found them hilarious, so we laughed. The crowd around us reacted with scorn.

If art can't be funny, it's wasted on those people.

And now to next week's competition: Guess what's on the above picture. There may or may not be a prize. You may or may not want to win it.

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5 Comments:

Blogger MGL said...

Silk glands.

11:58 pm  
Blogger Sara said...

You're getting warm.

12:14 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

In fact, you feel a burning sensation.

12:16 am  
Blogger MGL said...

Spidergoat silk glands?

the turing machine has this code:

atextz

That's a sign of something. I don't know what.

2:02 am  
Blogger Sara said...

The correct answer was 'spinnerets', but since no one else had the courage and wisdom to join the competition, we've decided to announce you as our winner.

2:48 pm  

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