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100 Games on Ecology. Postlecture and workshop
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Public Talk by Jose Sanchez
17 October
Artist talk and Let's Play by Lu Yang
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28 September
A lecture by Sergey Rozhin
19:30–21:00 at Garage Auditorium

“Bugs in video games through the artist’s eyes”

A bug is an amusing and annoying mistake, a glitch in a program. But what if we look at them differently? What if using bugs enables us to build alternative relationships with computer games?

In fact, bugs are not necessarily irritating. The Internet is full of videos with rankings of errors found in various computer games, along with detailed instructions explaining how to detect them. A good bug is valued as much as a decent Easter egg, that is a joke deliberately included in the game by its creators. Just like the Easter egg, the bug busts the illusion of plausibility and questions the rationality of the game’s virtual world, but whereas the Easter egg is a kind of author’s signature, the bug’s behavior remains unpredictable. Nevertheless, many bugs are intentionally kept in games even after their discovery.

What types of bugs can be found in computer games? How do they occur? What does a bug mean to a player? And is it possible to understand bugs metaphysically? Sergey Rozhin’s informal lecture will introduce the most popular bugs, discuss their influence on game culture and culture in the wider sense, and explain the meaning of bugs from an artist’s perspective.

He will discuss examples from the games The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, Mafia 2, Mafia 3, The Sims 3, GTA 3, GTA 4, GTA 5, Bloodborne, Half-Life 2, Goldeneye 007, Stalker, FIFA, Creepy Watson, Red Dead Redemption, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Heavy Rain.

Sergey Rozhin

An artist whose blog Malevich’s Slaves examines contemporary art through the lens of humor. He is an experienced gamer. A dyslexic with a degree in process engineering, he lives and works in Moscow.
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