SUPER iam8bit, the ultimate art exhibit designed to celebrate the place of videogames in culture, opened its doors last Friday, Aug. 11. The late summer Los Angeles art scene will sizzle with the return of the popular recurring group art show, now more robust than ever.
An art book documenting this year’s event as well as other classic contributors will be published under the same name as the exhibit. SUPER iam8bit, the book, will go on sale opening night, and will be available for sale worldwide after.
“SUPER iam8bit will be the most vibrant celebration of interactive entertainment through art to date,” Jon Gibson, co-curator of the show, remarked. “We are equally excited about our new book, which will be an incredible showcase of the artists and works that we display at the show, and allow anyone not in the Los Angeles to experience the intimacy of being in the gallery.”
Key participating artists include Jose Emroca Flores, Jude Buffum, Scott C, Carlos Ramos, Scott Belcastro, Mike Mitchell, Sky Burchard and nearly 100 others from around the globe. A special tribute to Galaga’s 30th anniversary will feature the world’s largest “arcade cabinet,” designer decal collective, BLIK, will be transforming the 4,500 sq. ft. gallery into an 80’s gaming wonderland, and Double Fine artist, Drew Skillman, will be displaying an interactive, retro Kinect hack.
SUPER iam8bit will be on exhibit at iam8bit’s newly renovated headquarters in Echo Park. The show will run for a month.
What: SUPER iam8bit
Where: 2147 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
When: Aug. 11 – Sept. 10, 2011
SUPER iam8bit is a follow-up to the original exhibition series iam8bit, originally curated by Jon Gibson in 2005. After a hiatus of three years, the show has broadened its horizons with the addition of co-curators and partners Amanda White, Taylor Harrington and Nick Ahrens, making possible a more diverse collection, a brand new roster of artists and more impressive installations than ever before.
In its first four iterations, iam8bit saw over 60,000 viewers travel in from all around the world, hosted over 1,000 works and won countless accolades, including a feature in LA Weekly’s annual Best of L.A. edition.
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