Game Poetography (2019-2020)

Game photography, 3840 x 2160 (original resolution), 2019-2020

What is a poetic act? How do we express it? A poetic act is not about imprinting memories on a text but neutralizing the text itself. Like what Le Corbusier said about looking at the architecture at night, according to which it can be enjoyed better than during the day gaze, the poetry can be experienced on a black screen, on a black wall of text, on a surface that hides the poetic expression itself. 

During a period of self-confinement in which I dedicated my time to exploring the spaces of several video games, I have matured poetic thoughts in conjunction with my actions within the gaming performance. Paradoxically, the medium of action, dynamism, and movement started to transform itself into a medium for non-action, quietness, and self-reflection. But this isn’t an exception within the videoludic medium: but a demonstration of its other function as an instrument for the generation of new meanings and radical thinking. 

I have taken various screenshots from video games that I played and inserted inside their file codes a set of poetry written by myself, one per each, using a Hex editor. The result is a visual amalgamation amidst quietly explorative actions and a generative poetic input. Several images are shown below.