Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism.
Since it’s a relatively new medium, there haven’t yet been that many good, thoughtful movies made about video games. But here are some exceptions that you can stream right now.
Indie Game: The Movie (2012)
Released at the beginning of the 2010s boom in independent game publishing, this documentary profiles a trio of designers as they struggle to put together their latest titles — with minimal teams or simply on their own. Directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot, it’s a great primer on how game design incorporates both aesthetic and technical concerns. It also has one of the best original scores of any documentary to come out in recent years.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
On one level, this documentary by Seth Gordon is about the various people who have fought to claim the world-record high score for the 1981 Donkey Kong arcade game. On another level, it is about the broader world of esports and those who are obsessed with these records. But on a far more important level, it is about the incredible ego and dastardly deeds of Billy Mitchell, an astonishingly ridiculous human being. He may or may not be the “world’s greatest arcade gamer,” but he is unquestionably one of the best documentary villains ever.
Summoning Salt (2016-Present)
This YouTube channel releases short films about the histories of various video game world records. From Punch Out!! to Mario Kart to Pokemon and more, the tricks that people find to beat games as fast as possible are endlessly fascinating. Each episode in this series creates a compelling story around a competition over a specific record, building tension until you’re getting unbelievably hyped just watching someone play a video game. It’s marvelous.
To showcase this work exactly 500 years after Magellan’s conquest of the Philippines in a space that, 134 years ago, was a “human zoo” of Indigenous people from the Philippines, is certainly poignant.
Since 2014, Alison has been visually dissecting Monique Wittig’s novel The Lesbian Body, which theorizes the split subjectivity women experience in language, an inherently patriarchal structure.
This exhibition in Great Falls, Montana addresses the concept of intention in contemporary fiber art and its complex relationship with the history of women’s art as craft.
N.I.H., short for No Humans Involved, was an acronym used by the LAPD to refer to “young Black males who belong to the jobless category of the inner-city ghettos.”
Cha, who was murdered at 31 years old, explored the nuances of forced migration and language.
Explore new avenues in artistic practice and scholarship amongst a diverse cohort of peers while gaining leadership skills both academically and professionally.
Taping a banana wasn’t enough, so the art world had to do something even more stupid with food.
Stoner jokes, unexpected pop culture references, and an unlikely love story jangle against each other like charms on a bracelet.
In this exhibition, curated by Patrick Flores and presented by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Paiwan artist Sakuliu reflects on interspecies co-sharing and coexistence.
The plans for Munger Hall may just be the most ruthlessly efficient way to house 4500 students.
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation says tribal leaders were not consulted regarding the relocation of the statue.
The autumn holiday of Sukkot continues to offer solace and community for new generations.