Outside of E3, there aren’t many videogame themed events to attend in Los Angeles. Still feeling withdrawal from this year’s show, I was happy to find TETRICIDE, a video game themed art show curated by Walt Gorecki at Pehrspace.
The opening reception brought out a crowd of art, music, and videogame lovers. Game-themed music and food joined the celebration where Julian Yoland created Tetris pieces out of waffles in the dishes he served, and plenty of wine, beer, and energy drinks were present to wash it down.
Howardamb performed an experimental electronic set using several iPad apps (Bebot, Sampletoy, etc.) and the KORG DS-10 (Nintendo DS) in their set. Wet Mango featured chiptune beats and sampled sounds from retro games. Bobb Bruno made a special appearance and Back to the Future the Ride closed up the show.
The name of the show encompasses an old-school DIY vibe, where the artists found inspiration from the 8-bit generation of gaming. With the centralized theme of retro gaming, it was easy for the artists to merge their love of interactive installations, video art, and the pixel aesthetic to create the show. Many of the works embraced the local creative community by including Los Angeles bands for their pieces. My favorite pieces were by William Lu, who transformed his friends’ bands into pixelated illustrations.
Walt and his team of artists give an inside look into the show:
There will be a closing party presented by Walt and Sean Carnage on August 7th ($5) featuring I.E., Baseck and more TBA. DJs include Jacob Safari and Kyle Mabson.