Work from independent game developers Tale of Tales is presented in Neoludica: Art is a Game 2011-1966, the first expo at the Venice Biennale entirely devoted to video games. Taking place in two locations, and running until 27 November, the expo is curated by Italian art critic Debora Ferrari. To celebrate the occasion, Tale of Tales have bundled their major games on a special limited edition USB stick that can be purchased from their online store.

Still from The Path by Tale of Tales'Ironically, there are only a few playable video games in this exhibition,' say Tale of Tales’ Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn. 'Most of the works on display are simply works of fine art that appropriate elements from video games. Still, the presence of even a few artistic games in this prestigious event will probably become a historic milestone in the recognition of the medium as a new art form.'

The Neoludica exhibition takes place in two locations. In the Centro Culturale Candiani in Mestre, commercial game consoles and video game history artefacts introduce the audience to the context of games culture. In Sala Laneri, the exhibition focuses on the work of independent artists.

Works like Tale of Tales' The Path are on display in Sala Laneri, as are the games-related art works by the likes of Mikayel Ohanjanyan, Miltos Manetas, Eva & Franco Mattes. The Mestre part of the show features a large collection of prints of Lorne Lanning's Oddworld series as well as playable consoles running games including Gears of War and Ico.

Tale of Tales is an independent development studio dedicated to the exploration of video games as a mature artistic medium, created by Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn in 2002. Their work is available for download from tale-of-tales.com and distributors such as Steam, Direct2Drive and the Apple App Store. They are currently working on a prototype for a new version of their first, never published, game 8. To celebrate this special occasion, Tale of Tales have bundled their major games on a special limited edition USB stick that can be purchased from their online store. The drive contains both PC and Mac versions of The Path, The Graveyard and Fatale, as well as a number of extras.

For more information, see the Tale of Tales web store.

Published on Tuesday 14 June 2011

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