May 27 2021
17:00 - 18:00
Università IULM, Via Carlo Bo, 2 20143 Milan
ALTERNATE ENDINGS (GAMES ABOUT LIVING IN RUINS)
The stories we tell about the past determine how we think about the future. Nick Crockett has been making computer games and animations about American pioneer mythology, resource extraction, and climate change for several years. His animation Fire Underground presents an alternative history of coal, which pitches myths of forgotten forests, crawling proto-reptiles, and chthonic infernos against labor history, natural history, and Appalachian folk culture. His new project is a simulation game about living in the woods in the future, based on modern forestry techniques, as well as some of the hunting, foraging, and land management practices of the Nisenan people indigenous to the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada. Nick will share the process and inspiration behind these two projects, including his life in California’s gold country, his studies in Appalachian coal country, and his thoughts on building a loving and hopeful imaginary by digging where you stand.
Nick Crockett is an artist and teacher currently living in the northern Sierra Nevada. He has an MFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Art, and has been a long time member of Eddo Stern’s UCLA Game Lab. He has exhibited games and animation at venues including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Carnegie Museum of Natural History; the Northern Spark Festival; and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California. His award winning short film Fire Underground was screened at the 2021 Milan Machinima Film Festival. For more information, visit Nick’s website.
LINK: Nick Crockett