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Stephanie Rothenberg: “School of Perpetual Training”

April 27, 2009  by: Admin

School of Perpetual Training

School of Perpetual Training

Stephanie Rothenberg, Assistant Professor, UB Visual Studies, announces the exhibition of her website project “School of Perpetual Training” on view at Pace Digital Gallery in NYC. The project was funded through a Turbulence Net Art Commission and can be viewed online. A webcam and Adobe Flash player are needed to view the website.

Pace Digital Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition premiering 3 sound, web, and video works commissioned by Turbulence.

Turbulence@PaceDigitalGallery

Opening reception Tuesday, April 7, 5 – 7pm (Artists’ presentations, 5PM; Reception to follow) Exhibition runs April 7 – May 1, 2009
works by R. Luke Dubois, Stephanie Rothenberg, and G.H. Hovagimyan with Christina McPhee
Info, directions, + Artist’s Bios and Project Descriptions are available on our website.

School of Perpetual Training, an ironic edutainment website, exposes the underbelly and not so glamorous side of the computer video game industry. An animated personal trainer leads eager job seekers through a series of webcam game training exercises for outsourced jobs in digital game manufacturing and global distribution. Classic arcade games such as Dig Dug and Space Invaders are redesigned to train job seekers for positions in mineral mining and printed circuit board assembly. Pushing joystick and mouse aside, the webcam interface utilizes motion detection requiring full range of body motion to play. Through the relationship of physical labor for virtual gain, the reality of the actual physical, labor critical to running virtual worlds is made visible.

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