November 5, 2011 at the Museum-Gallery/Gallery-Museum's Phrenological Makeover show. Cincinnati, OH.
laptops, various percussion instruments
“Easter Egg" explores the relationship between gamers and religious spirituality, blurring the lines between ritual and play. In this installation, three gamers play the violent video game MadWorld. Instead of controlling the main character onscreen using the traditional Wii Remote and Nunchuk attachment, the gamers’ execution of certain musical codes performed on percussive religious instruments control the attacks and movement.
Through their ritualistic practice, the gamers conjure actions that will achieve a common crusade. Their practice of video games fills their spiritual void, thus replacing the spirituality that religions would normally provide.
NOTE: This installation contains scenes of extreme violence and is not suitable for viewers under the age of 18.
Special thanks to Benjamin Chenevey for providing the video and Matthew Peattie for providing the Beneventan chant recordings.