Walk On, 2002
Wooden construction with movement sensors, triggers, computer system and projections, x 250 x 250 x 250cm, Duration Variable
Installation as part of massive retrospective of computer games. Show opened in London in 2002 and continues to travel the world until this day.
Walk On explores one common factor in even the simplest form of computer game: memory. All of Scanners work explores the hidden resonances and meanings within the memory and in particular the subtle traces that people and their actions leave behind. A very primitive form of this is the computer game Simon where as the player you had to remember which light shone in what order on a very basic touch screen object and literally hammer it to retrace the steps. Walk On as an immersive environment similarly follows the traces of visitors.
In this work, the trail of every participants steps is recorded in real time, each participant becoming a player in an enormous memory game. As each new step is taken so the previous one will fade. Thus a record of the ghosts of each participants presence is heard for a moment and then fades away, assembling a momentary forgotten past in our digital future.
Game On is the first major UK exhibition to explore the vibrant history and culture of computer games. Focusing on key developments between 1962 and the present day, it takes an in-depth look at gamings fascinating past and limitless future.
From the colossal PDP 1 of the early sixties to the GameCube in 2002, Game On examines the technologies that have revolutionised the games we play. With over 125 playable games including Space Invaders, Sonic the Hedgehog and Metal Gear Solid 2, and the ten most influential consoles you can experience them all.
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