Parsons The New School for Design will present "The Sims: In the Hands of Artists" at New York's Chelsea Art Museum, April 19-May 12; the April 19 opening reception, 6-8 p.m., is free and open to the public. The exhibition explores the Electronic Arts game as interpreted by Parsons students in the communication design, design and technology, and illustration programs, with work ranging across machinima, interactive media, painting, drawing, 3-D printing, and toy design. The exhibition is organized by the Parsons communication design and technology department, chaired by Colleen Macklin, with support from Electronic Arts. "A primary focus at The New School is the way design impacts society," says Macklin. "The innovative social aspects of The Sims makes this game an ideal springboard for our students to creatively explore these issues — they'll push the envelope and come up with sophisticated responses to this creative challenge."
Four works from the show are seen here, opening with "52 E. 7th St," by MFA design and technology students Albert Dang, Christopher Dye, Hee Jung, and Kanyang Li. This multimedia installation, which features a live webcam feed, is an "exploration of the voyeuristic tendencies that people have in public and private spaces." 2) BFA illustration student Cat Lauigan's mixed-media work presents "a variety of Sims characters and a visual depiction of their personal backgrounds." 3) "Simasticus," by MFA design and technology students Chris Hennelly, Marcus von Pingel and Charles Earl Love Yust, "applies Sims gameplay to the real world, where the public plays the role of Sims characters, provoking interactions via an interface in the museum gallery to control devices that project onto public areas from elevated locations in nearby buildings." 4) BFA illustration student Zack Zezima "is creating a freestanding three-dimensional monster/skeleton as a new character for The Sims." See Parsons.edu/dt and ChelseaArtMuseum.org for more.