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Gun Ballet: the Aestheticization of Violence in Video Games

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Friday, Mar 2 - Jun 3, 2018


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  • Exhibitions
  • Location
    VGA Gallery
    District
    West Side
    Address
    2418 W Bloomingdale #102
    Chicago, IL 60647
    Telephone
    773-668-6797
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    Violence has a ubiquitous presence in video game history. This exhibition explores why this characteristic is so appealing among gaming demographics. It also examines the various styles of violence -- ranging from extremely graphic to the acrobatic and balletic -- that serve various expressive goals on the part of studios. The title of this exhibit is a reference to the work of filmmaker John Woo, who directed Chicago-made Midway Games title Stranglehold in 2007, the spiritual sequel to Woo’s classic Hong Kong action film Hard Boiled (1992). 
     

    Photo Credit: Krista Wortendyke's (re):media_014, digital inkjet print, Courtesy of the artist and VGA Gallery.