THE GAME: THE GAME
RenPy Application for MAC, PC and Linux, released online by the artist
‘The Game: The Game’ is an immersive installation and platform to experience the first chapter of a video game presenting the practices of several prominent seduction coaches (aka pick-up artists) through the format of a dating simulator. In the game these pick-up gurus attempt to seduce the player using their signature techniques taken verbatim from their instructional books and video materials.
Unique Cyantoype Tiles on Linoleum or Ceramic, with hand drawing. 12″ x 12″ (2016)
Washko’s handmade cyanotype tiles are based on original artwork from game art and images from her ongoing image archive of ‘Women as Objects’ as a response to her experience investigating this field and the ways in which women are literally presented as objects in physical and digital space.
ANGELA WASHKO is an artist, writer and facilitator devoted to creating new forums for discussions of feminism in the spaces most hostile toward it. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2012, Washko founded The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft as an ongoing intervention inside the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game of all time. In 2015, she interviewed seduction author, manosphere leader and former pick-up artist dubbed “the web’s most infamous misogynist” as her practice has moved away from tactical media and toward digital ethnography. ‘The Game: The Game’ is her first video game project.
A recent recipient of a Franklin Furnace Performance Fund Grant, a Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier Grant, and a Rhizome Internet Art Microgrant, Washko’s practice has been highlighted in Art in America, Frieze Magazine, Time Magazine, The Guardian (UK), ArtForum, ARTnews, The Hairpin, VICE,Hyperallergic, Rhizome, the New York Times, The Creator’s Project, and more. Her projects have been presented nationally and internationally at venues including Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki, Finland), Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Milan Design Triennale, The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), the Shenzhen Independent Animation Bienniale (Shenzhen, China), Moving Image Art Fair (London and NYC), the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Transmediale (Berlin, Germany) and Institute for Contemporary Art Boston. Her writing has been published in Creative Time Reports, FIELD Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism, Copenhagen University Peer Reviewed Journal (NTIK), Neural Magazine, VASA Journal of Images and Culture, .dpi Feminist Magazine of Art and Digital Culture, Hyperallergic, ANIMAL NY and more. http://angelawashko.com/