Wikid Games

Thorne Brandt, Chris Collins

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Successful games reside in a sweet spot between structure and freedom, emerging from acts of "Play" (a metaphysical act of the will.) In the accelerating universe of the ADHD-digital-age, the incentive for investing valuable time to sit down to try a new game is rare. "WICKED GAMES" attempts to examine the concept of incentive in it's various forms and origins. Curiosity and self-expression sharply contrast competitive survival and monetary rewards, as The Hills hosts a night of immersive interactive media installations created by Thorne Brandt and Chris Collins on Saturday, May 19th. An oxymoronic situation will cause participants to compete for the best collaboration with their opponents. Prizes, including the grand prize of a Wacom Drawing Tablet, will be awarded at the stroke of midnight.

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Artist Bios:

Thorne Brandt is a Chicago based artist and SAIC alum. Thorne has been designing games for artists since 2004 (notably variations of dodgeball, and "art-poker" at SAIC).
He is currently beta-testing his new drawing-game website:http://exquisitechat.org/
Thorne Brandt : http://pizzadog.org/ , http://exquisitechat.org/games/

Chris Collins is a new media artist living in Chicago, IL. He holds a BFA from SAIC, and has exhibited extensively in the states and abroad, including solo shows in Berlin and Cincinnati. Recent exhibitions include Cirrius Gallery in Los Angeles, Grimmuseum in Berlin, 319 Scholes in New York, and GALERIES in Brussels
Chris Collins: http://iamchriscollins.com/