The exhibitions coincide with Abertay’s hosting of the first joint International Conference of DiGRA and FDG 2016, from Mon 1 to Sun 6 August.
Eddo Stern’s work explores the uneasy and otherwise unconscious connections between physical existence and electronic simulation. He works with various media, including computer software & hardware, game design, live performance, digital video and kinetic sculpture. Through his work, Stern advocates independent game development and the inherent potential of game design as a medium for artistic expression and cultural impact.
For Small Wars, Stern presents a monumental installation of his celebrated Vietnam Romance. This work recreates and interrogates the fictionalised history of the Vietnam War and its culturally commodified remains through a mash-up of cultural artefacts drawn primarily from Hollywood film culture as well as war literature, comic books, popular music, collectable war memorabilia, and adventure tourism packages. Stern is spending several weeks in Angus in 2016 to prepare for the exhibition, initially participating in the Hospitalfield Arts residency programme in Arbroath.