Learn More about Firepit Collective, the diverse games and art crew who created HYPER//ECHO.
ACMI and RMIT's 2022 Game Talks series kicks off with an interview with members of the digital art & videogame-making collective, Firepit. Firepit Collective are a creative community who most recently produced HYPER//ECHO, a durational, online interactive work commissioned for ACMI's Gallery 5.
In this interview, assistant curator Jini Maxwell will speak with Firepit Collective about their work creating non-commercial, digital ZONEs - interactive, playful online spaces that encourage curiosity and community.
The interview will locate their game development practice within a broad field of artistic and cultural influences from zine culture to situationism, and hyperart. Through a discussion of HYPER//ECHO and the ZONE, we explore the broader question: in this era of internet ubiquity, how do we make and participate in digital worlds in a way that feels communal and personal, rather than commercial and alienating?
HYPER//ECHO points to our relationship with technology and the digital world, how brittle and ephemeral – often by design – its infrastructure really is, and to the fundamental human desire to preserve and pass down knowledge, even when buildings crumble down, languages wane, and hyperlinks break. Learn more
About Firepit Collective
Firepit is a weird videogames and digital art collective based in Melbourne, Australia. They are a community of creative folks who like to hang out, IRL or online. They organise online events such as GAME-A-WEEK, ZILM NITE as well as maintain the ZONE, a virtual space for hosting events like festivals, exhibitions and launch events.
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