Social issue videogames, Summer 2015
The Plug-In Studio's Street Arcade is a collaborative new media art project that uses social issue video games as a platform for community dialogue.
Over the summer of 2015, Kerry Richardson and Steve Ciampaglia collaborated with thirteen teen artists from Chicago's South Side to create a series of art video games on contemporary social issues: white privilege, racial profiling, peer pressure and others.
These unique, 8-bit style games were then featured at the Street Arcade, an outdoor public event at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Several custom-made arcade-style consoles with red-knob joysticks and buttons were installed along the street on a warm summer evening. Each console projected the games in large scale onto the exterior of the art center building. As family, friends and neighbors passing by gathered along the sidewalk to play the games, the teen artists engaged them in a diaglogue about the social issues.
This project is generously supported by A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art. The Street Arcade project was offered in partnership with Hyde Park Art Center.