Herd It Through the Grapevine

Herd It Through the Grapevine

“Why worry about privacy if I’ve got nothing to hide?” I usually hear this argument in the context of conversations about government surveillance – the sorts of spying done by the NSA, security cameras, Big Brother, and the like. On…

#yesfilter

#yesfilter

Artist’s Statement A few months ago, I got a new LG smartphone with an interesting – and somewhat disconcerting – software feature. When taking a picture using the front-facing (“selfie”) camera, there’s a slider at the bottom of the screen…

Unstabletop Games         (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Unstabletop Games (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Over spring break, my girlfriend and I played tourist in Charleston, SC for a few days. Since the weather was hot enough to be outdoors but too chilly for the beach, we spent most of our time walking around downtown…

PawMisprint

PawMisprint

“PawMisprint” Artist’s Statement by Alec Custer             In the popular Pokémon video game series, players can use any of the in-game PCs to “release” their unwanted Pokémon back into the wild. Once a Pokémon has been released, it permanently disappears…

Welcome to the Murder Hotel

Welcome to the Murder Hotel

“Clue: Murder Hotel” Artist’s Statement Alec Custer             For a game about murder, Clue is decidedly light-hearted. The rulebook has little to say about the scene of the crime, and the colorless cast lacks motives, alibis, and personalities. Every player…

"In 1.2 Miles, Swipe Right"

“In 1.2 Miles, Swipe Right”

  “Tinder Driver” Artist’s Statement by Alec Custer             In his seminal piece on play, Johan Huizinga coins the term “magic circle” to talk about the environment where play occurs (Huizinga 105). This circle, he writes, is a sacred “temporary…

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