March 10, 2012 to December 9, 2012
Playtime – Videogame mythologies is an exhibition devoted to the culture of video games. It explores how the relationship between play, the various manners of gaming, and technology interrelate.
Specifically, the exhibition invites to explore computer games from a variety of different angles that correspond to the five sections informing the spaces of the Maison d’Ailleurs : « Rules of Play / The Game of Life » and the introduction to the mechanics of games ; « Game Geographies and PlayNations » on the spatial dimension of video games ; « Bodies and Minds », dealing with emblematic figures, how players relate with their avatars and the involvement of the body in the video game experience ; « Assault on Reality », which presents innovative creations mixing the real and the virtual ; and a historical section « Archeology of Fun ».
The exhibition Playtime – Videogame mythologies is part of Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council’s GameCulture – From Game to Art programme.
Throughout 2012, demonstrations, events and actions of mediation in Yverdon-les-Bains and in the French part of Switzerland, are organized with numerous partners, highlighting the current research in the field and offering to a wide audience the opportunity to experience the diversity of the art of video games.