JODI: Max Payne Cheats Only

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | October 5, 2006

Thursday, October 5, 2006, 6pm

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Joan Heemskerk & Dirk Paesmans in person!

Digital provocateurs JODI (Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans) pioneered Web art in the mid-‘90s, upending the conventions of the emerging medium to create anarchic programs that simulated computer crashes, viruses, and error messages. The duo has wrought similar havoc on computer programs and video games, radically disrupting the language of these systems—including interfaces, commands, errors, and code—to subvert the relationship between computer technology and its users. Tonight, in a rare public appearance, JODI will demonstrate their latest game modifications, Max Payne Cheats Only (2005), a series of “cheats” the duo compiled from the ultra-violent New York vigilante game Max Payne, along with their ground-breaking modifications of the game Quake 1, Untitled Game (1996-2001), id Software’s game Wolfenstein 3D, Sod (1999), and the early 80s game Jet Set Willy, Jet Set Willy Variations ©1984 (2002). Co-presented by CATE, the Visiting Artist Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Department of Interactive Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. 1996-2005, JODI, Netherlands, ca. 60 min, various formats.

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