Part Live-Performance Art, Part Video Game, ‘Meditations’ Takes 365 Days to Experience
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Part Live-Performance Art, Part Video Game, ‘Meditations’ Takes 365 Days to Experience

Video games are inarguably art and now, thanks to an ambitious, free experiment by a collective of creators, they are also live performance art. “ Meditations ” delivers 365 games to anyone willing to download the app. The games, each playable only on the one day of the year for which they were created, are short bursts of play, tiny evocative interactions that deal with death, joy, depression, life, birth, anxiety, sexuality, addiction. The games, each like a digital version of the delicate night-blooming cereus, blossom only once a year, delivering their message and then becoming unplayable. As the year winds on the individual messages of these games, each so personal to its creator, gives way to a broader conceit, or at least that’s the hope of the person who came up with the idea for “Meditations” and helped facilitate its creation alongside game developers, curators, and programmers. “Games and game developers can be anything.” That, Rami Ismail says, is the message he hopes everyone takes away from the experience come Dec. 31 2019. “That’s the hope. For 365 days you have seen 365 completely different things made by 365 different people. The thing they have in common is […]

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