iam8bit is back!
W ithout further ruckus, we've got a very exciting announcement to make: The group art show that ravished the world of all its precious, videogame retro-ness four times in a row is returning for a fifth go at it. Since this is such a seminal number (five shows, that is), we've decided to upgrade the name a little bit:
Opening Night Extravaganza
August 11, 2011
7pm to 11pm
All-night ambiance by DJ R-Rated
With special performances by Leeni and A_Rival
We'll be hosting the event at the recently renovated iam8bit headquarters in glorious Echo Park:
It's going to be bigger and bolder than ever before, as we have over 4,500 sq. ft. of event space (that's nearly 5 times the size of the original show in 2005)!
Over 100 artists will reimagine their 80's gaming fantasies, delusions and secret desires via all sorts of media - painting, sculpture, plush, and even some more interactive experimentation. Highlights include:
*A special tribute to Galaga's 30th anniversary featuring the world's largest "arcade cabinet"
* The transformation of the entire gallery into an 80's gaming wonderland by designer decal collective BLIK
*An interactive, "retro-fied" Kinect hack from Double Fine super-artist Drew Skillman
*And much, much more!
Oh yes, there's more!
Collecting pieces from the iam8bit archives, SUPER iam8bit is the sequel to the best-selling (and totally awesome) iam8bit book. It features 160 beautiful pages of radical, videogame-inspired art by over 80 artists, as well as a foreword by host & producer of Attack of the Show, Kevin Pereira. The book was designed by the wonderful folks over at Hexanine, and co-published with the similarly likeminded guys at Plastic Highway.
Soon enough, you'll be able to pre-order the book on our fancy new website, but for now, you'll just have to salivate uncontrollably.
We'll be making plenty more announcements in the coming weeks, including the full artist roster, but until then, feel free to assault our inboxes.
P.S. Thanks to Dave Crosland for such an awesome poster image!
SUPER iam8bit is made possible with the generous support of these lovely companies: