Chiara Ciociola wrote a nice review of the Mechanical Games for Neural today. I especially like this idea, “Choosing the Mechanical Turk service (also featured Burrough’s previous work “Mechanical Olympics”) is not new in net art. But here its mechanisms are not exaggerated to emphasize the rotten side, as in Sheep Market by Aaron Koblin. The use of such tools as the Mechanical Turk platform and viral video (this one already a standard in the internet marketing business) here is an ironic trick. The goal is to restore a spontaneous production network, as a strong place for virgin ‘immaterial labor’, able to sublimate the frozen and heavy capitalist logic.” Cheers, Chiara.
Voting begins next month at the Mechanical Games website. Part of the Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, this version of the Games is produced by myself with a lot of help from Cornerhouse. New to the Games: a real, live award ceremony, to take place on October 3rd from noon – 2 at Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK. Even if you can’t make it to the awards ceremony, you can vote on the gold medalists from September 1 – 30th.
To celebrate Abandon Normal Devices festival in Manchester (1–7 Oct 2010), Cornerhouse are pleased to present this interactive project by media artist xtine burrough that will set up camp in Cornerhouse galleries on Saturday 24 July. The project created as an alternative performance and gaming event, seeks to inspire and re-ignite our imagination and interest in sport through filmmaking, as well as creating an online and crowd sourced version of the major public sporting events that some of us only see televised. View the Mechanical Games Press Release.