PIXELPORNO 0.1 – a short journey through the history of computer*sex*games

Opening:
Thu, October 31st 2013, 18:00
Pfarrgasse 9 (former doll museum), Linz
with live performance by Zogholy Bros. (Sick-Gameboy-Sounds & 80ies-Synthwave-Shit)

Opening hours:
Fr, November 1st 2013 – Sun, November 3rd 2013
Fri, November 8th 2013 – Sun, November 10th 2013
Fri, November 15th 2013 – Sun, November 17th 2013
from 17:00 to 22:00

Free admission & at least 16 years old!

Sat, November 9th 2013, 19:00
Reading group on computer games, sex & gender

Sat, November 16th 2013, 19:00
Off-Lan-Battle (teamplayer mode with great prizes!)
Registration at ulcus@qujOchOE.org

Samantha Fox Strip Poker, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, Sex Games, BMX XXX, GTA Hot Coffee Mod, Tomb Raider Nude Patches, Bone Craft. The Linz based art colletive qujOchÖ shows a journey through the history of sexual contents and representations in computer games at a no budget test exhibition. This serves as a starting signal for a more intensive examination with media and gender theoretically questions: What shocked 30 years ago? How did sexist methods of representation develop? Where are imaginary parallels to games nowadays?

Shown are originals, test reviews, game instructions and much more. Furthermore there is the possibility to gamble on exhibited consoles and devices (Atari 2600, Commodore 64, PlayStation 2, IBM-PC and iMac), including within an off lan battle. A reading group is dedicated to the theoretical reflexion. And at the opening on October 31st there is a concert by Zogholy Bros, oscillating between Gameboy sounds and Synthwave.

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(Photos: Martin Bruner & qujOchÖ)

Bibliography for the reading group:

  • James Matson, A History of Sex & Games, September 27th 2007
  • Redaktion GamePro, Tabuthema Geschlechtsverkehr, April 13th 2012
  • GEE Magazin, Liebesspiele, November 10th 2005
  • Sheri Graner Ray, Gender Inclusive Game Design. Expanding the Market, Charles River Media, Hingham 2004, p. 17 – 36
  • Dave McCarthry, Sex. A concise history, November 28th 2007
  • Matthias Grimm, Von Lara bis Lula: Wer bietet den besten Sex der Spielegeschichte?, May 20th 2012
  • Martin Kreischer, Zwischen Prüderie und Hardcore: Warum tun sich Games so schwer beim Sex?, February 27th 2010
  • Doris Allhutter, Dispositive digitaler Pornografie, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt/New York 2009, p. 204 – 230
  • Christian Stöcker, Virtuelle (Alp-)Träume aus Zweitausendsex, SPIEGEL ONLINE, January 4th 2006
  • Bonnie Ruberg, Interview: Developing Sex in Games, Gamasutra, November 15th 2005
  • Sex in Games Conference: Organizer Brenda Brathwaite’s Opening Keynote, Gamasutra, June 13th 2006
  • Judith Butler, Das Unbehagen der Geschlechter, 16. Ed., Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 2012, p. 15 – 24
  • Christian Keichel, Wie weit bist du? Sex im Spiel – eine Zustandsbeschreibung, Retro #17, p. 46 – 49
  • Stefan Höltgen, Erfahrung seit 1981. Interview mit Thomas Landgraf über “Sex Games” am C64, Retro #17, p. 56 – 57
  • Christian Keichel, Sex doesn’t sell. Hentai-Spiele in Japan, Retro #17, p. 68 – 73
  • Sven Lewandowski, Die Pornographie der Gesellschaft. Beobachtungen eines populärkulturellen Phänomens, transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2012, p. 130 – 149