by Mariana Ortiz-Reyes
It's a great time to be involved in creative disciplines. As disciplines are reaching out to reinvent themselves, unexpected opportunities arise to create new connections that challenge and break with traditional definitions of practice. Technology plays a great role in exploring these connections, and so we find it tangled up with other forms of production. As it is the case of the first Video Game Festival of Puerto Rico, technology becomes part of the art scene; an example of the evolution of the creative thought process that is inclusive and interdisciplinary.
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico (MAC) in collaboration with Laboratorio del Error Diseñado (LED, which roughly translates to Laboratory for the Designed Error), host this Saturday July 20 a six hour event for both the general public, and art and tech experts alike.
The MAC recognises the trends of other art institutions that have included in their mission programs for emerging art forms based on technology, for it represents a creative evolution. For an industry that has increasingly acquired relevance in economic development as well as in education and social environments, the Festival is an important step for technology creatives for furthering awareness and diffusion in new grounds.
LED is a venue for gathering fearless creatives of different disciplines that collaborate to manipulate technology for artistic means. In the environment they have created reins experimentation and sharing of tools and knowledge. These principles seem to be translated to the Festival as the programmed activities are set to ignite curiosity and interaction between the public and the designers.
The Festival's scheduled is filled with engaging activities that address the practical aspects of playing and testing video games, as well as education about the interactions of these games with culture and society and their implications for the learning process. During a special workshop sponsored by the International Game Developers Association Puerto Rico (IGDA), the public will be able to design games, at first using analog tools and then transforming those into digital.
For more information and the complete schedule visit the event page.