Posted by Pro Helvetia | July 12, 2010
GameCulture – a programme of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Computers have become our most important tool – and also our favourite toy. Games are now part of everyday culture. The market is booming and the games sector has turned into the segment of the culture industry with the highest turnover. It employs an increasing number of people producing ever more complex digital worlds. Games manufacturers commission artists of all kinds, ranging from designers to scriptwriters and composers. So it’s high time for organizations that promote the arts to tackle this new medium.
With its GameCulture programme, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is drawing attention to the social, economic and aesthetic aspects of computer games and exploring the characteristics of the genre as a new art form. Pro Helvetia will be exploring the medium of computer games from autumn 2010 to 2012, staging three different exhibitions, a call for projects and a number of panel discussions and conferences.
As part of this programme, Pro Helvetia is launching the online platform www.gameculture.ch in cooperation with its partners. The content is being prepared jointly with Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), the International Game Developers Association, Swiss Chapter (IGDA) and the Swiss Gamers Network (SGN).