CfP: In and Out of Art History: The video games conundrum (@AAH2016)

This session will explore the possibility of theorising video games in relationship to and within art history. The session aims to locate and investigate questions such as: Can we identify moments when art history and the history of video games are bound together? Are there modes of enquiry that can be developed to mutual benefit? Can video games challenge now canonised and hegemonic discourses within art history?

AAH2016 Annual Conference and Bookfair
University of Edinburgh
7 – 9 April 2016

In and Out of Art History: The video games conundrum


Bill Balaskas, University for the Creative Arts & Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press), bbalaskas@ucreative.ac.uk
Joseph Taylor McRae, University for the Creative Arts

In recent years, renowned museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York have started acquiring video games for their permanent collections. At the same time, other leading art institutions have been expanding their engagement with video games beyond collection and preservation. For instance, in 2013 the Victoria and Albert Museum in London appointed its first ever Games Designer in Residence. Those initiatives reflect the rapid technical and conceptual evolution of video games over the past four decades, which has resulted in their gradual recognition as a new type of cultural object. However, the firm establishment of video games as a distinct art form remains a rather contested subject not only amongst art historians, but also amongst cultural theorists at large.

Subjects addressed by the session’s papers may include, but are by no means limited to: historical precursors; intersections with digital theories and methodologies; video games as interactive and experience-based art; artistic practices of multiple authorship; online gaming and the democratisation of the cultural object; indie games; ‘artgames’ and their relation to the mainstream gaming industry; ludological and narratological approaches.

Email paper propsals to the session convenor(s) by 9 November 2015. Download a Paper Proposal Guidelines

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