So lately I've been very interested in the idea of trying to put on a gallery show of installation games. I'm thinking specifically about games which can only be played as installations, not just making installations out of video games. For example, games like Eric Zimmerman and Nathalie Pozzi's Cross My Heart & Hope to Die, some of Matt Parker's work or Mattia and I's game Shadowplay. Things that require both physcial space and activity to play. The games should also have a strong aesthetic vision they are trying to communicate through the interaction and visuals.
Ideally, I'd also like to make this a show that stays up for a bit of time. So the games would need to be self-sufficient enough that they can be picked up and played without a barker there constantly running the game. To this end the games would need to be very solid and strong enough to withstand repeated interactions with public viewers.
I think there are some really interesting projects being done in this vein and it'd be interesting to see them together. I'm thinking of it like a cross between an arcade and gymnasium.
So a couple questions for you all.
Would an exhibit like this be interesting? Is there enough work and commonality to give cause for a group show?
What other games out there do you think fit this bill?
Anybody have suggestions on an ideal space or type of space?
Babycastles has shown games can work in a gallery context, so is this too close to their mission? I see it somewhere between them and Come Out & Play.