Tomorrow, June 6th at Babycastles Gallery…
~~Martha Hipley, Syed Salahuddin, Ari Spool and G Lucas Crane are growing by leaps and bounds! Celebrate their GEMINI BIRTHS AND RASTA BANANA FANDOM!~~~~~
Enjoy the musical stylings of:
ⓙⓔⓡⓡⓨ ⓟⓐⓟⓔⓡ, a very chill large-size rasta banana, playing 100% new tunes!!
ⓟⓡⓘⓝⓒⓔ ⓡⓐⓜⓐ, two fair rasta banana princesses, DJing 100% hot sex dance tunes!!
ⓗⓔⓐⓣ ⓢⓒⓐⓛⓔ, a blog-style rasta banana, DJing 100% smooth sex dance tunes!!
It’s all happening at the NEW Babycastles Gallery on 14th Street on the magical fairly isle of Manhattan.
~~~~COME CIRCLE THE DIGITAL CUBOID~~~~
Babycastles' current exhibition is ASSALAMUALEIKUM BABYCASTLES, which you can read more about here!
$5 entry to support our musical guests and lovely staff!!
~~~~VIBE WITH THE FLESH RACERS~~~
Tonight at Babycastles Gallery!…
Assalamualaikum Babycastles, the premiere exhibition at Babycastles Gallery!
May 27th – August 31st, 2014
Tuesday May 27th, 6:30pm–9:30pm
137 W 14th St, New York
The premiere exhibition at Babycastles Gallery, Assalamualaikum Babycastles is an exploration of the “lived Muslim experience” through the embedded narratives of independent, contemporary video games. These stories capture the various threads of Muslim life throughout the world and deal with subjects such as surveillance, war, and classical Muslim art. The games give visitors the agency to partake in these experiences inside Babycastles Gallery, where an immersive, physical installation inspired by Islamic aesthetics and created by contemporary artists houses the work. In addition to independent game developers, Assalamualaikum Babycastles will also feature work from “modders” who appropriate existing, western-based video games and visually fashion them into experiences that reflect their own.
: :: ::: :::: GAMES :::: ::: :: :
Mahdi Bahrami (Iran)
(Mahdi Bahrami, Iran)
A DARK ROOM
Amir Rajan (Texas)
Ramsey Nasser (NY)
GRAND THEFT AUTO INDONESIA
SPECIAL FORCE 2
: :: ::: INSTALLATION ARTISTS ::: :: :
: :: ::: :::: VISUAL ARTISTS :::: ::: :: :
Uman Nyako X
Iasmin Omar Ata
(Source: babycastles, via eyebodega)
Free art courses for NYC teens.
Friday April 11 at BABYCASTLES GALLERY
137 W 14th St, New York
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♛ ♛ ♛ MUSICA ♛ ♛ ♛
w/ DJ Sets by:
HEAT SCALE (Ari Spool and Rob Chabebe)
DJ AMBIENT TEEN (Steph Davidson)
♛ ♛ ♛ CURRENT EXHIBITION ♛ ♛ ♛
SOMETIMES WE EXPLODE
An Exhibition of Underground NYC Through Video Games and Hip Hop
SOMETIMES WE EXPLODE is special preview exhibition of video games in collaboration with XL Recordings at the site of the upcoming Babycastles Gallery. These video games are works of independent creative expression by individual artists or by small teams, and they reflect the realities, fantasies, and curiosities of different populations that share, co-exist, and conflict within New York City.
♛ ♛ ♛ ARTISTS & GAMES ♛ ♛ ♛
SUYIN LOOUI and LADYKILLAS (NYC)
"Hey Baby", "a fictional [New York] where women could freely roam the streets without consequence."
SHAWN ALLEN and NUCHALLENGER (NYC)
”Treachery in Beatdown City”, an independent game set in New York City by artists of color who were born, raised, and live in New York.
JOE KOWALSKI recently of DOUBLE FINE (NYC)
”Third Rail”, a multiplayer game that lets you redesign the New York City subway system
DAVE GILBERT and WADJET EYE (NYC)
”Shivah”, an adventure featuring a New York City rabbi exploring the nature of morality and corruption in religious institution.
NATE HILL (NYC)
”Race Warriors”, A video game hack by Harlem performance artist Nate Hill that delivers a customized race war scenario for each user
”Crime Zone”, a post-structuralist adventure in which you are every police officer.
Video game cabinet
Video game cabinet
Video game cabinet
A SPECIAL $$$ GUEST
On top of all the other things we have going on next week, we’ll also be hosting another installment of our Indie Tech Talk series at NYU’s Game Innovation Lab. This month’s talk will feature Double Fine’s Senior Gameplay Programmer Anna Kipnis, who will give a broad overview of how dialog gets into a Double Fine game, from the moment a line is written, to hearing and seeing the line in the engine, even in a foreign tongue, and what tech is required to make it all happen. There’s a facebook event with more info, and you can use that to RSVP as well!
If you follow us on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed we’ve been very active in the past week. We’ve made some pretty amazing announcements, but in case you missed it I wanted to catch you up.
ʕ•͓͡•ʔ-̫͡-ʕ•̫͡•ʔ From April 8th-13th we will be collaborating with NYC hip-hop trio RATKING to bring you a special curation in celebration of their new album So It Goes. ʕ•͓͡•ʔ-̫͡-ʕ•̫͡•ʔ
At times other than the parties, this curation will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC from April 8th through April 13th at 12pm - 8pm. We’ll be showcasing Hey Baby, Treachery in Beatdown City, Third Rail, Shivah, Race Warriors, and Crime Zone. We’ve created a facebook event with all this information for reference and any updates.
We are planning on hosting three events in our brand new BABYCASTLES GALLERY, with the opening on April 8th featuring a special performance from RATKING themselves.
Then on Saturday, April 12th we are very excited to be collaborating with our friends at Different Games by hosting their after party! You will have to be registered as a Different Games attendee in order to gain admission to the party, which we strongly recommend you do. On a personal note, Different Games was one of my favourite events of last year and I (EMi) strongly recommend you attend both Different Games and our after party that follows.
There will be one more event on Friday April 11th, with details TBA. Admission for this night will be extremely limited and RSVP will be required, so we’ve prepared a special part of our website where you can do that (fish!!!)
This is going to be really fun. We look forward to seeing you!!
Hi friends! Thank you to everyone who has made it to our events this month, by which we mean our Indie Tech Talk with Andy Hull and our opening at the Ace Hotel for Art Video Games in China. Really quick, we would like to remind you that Art Video Games in China will remain free (!!!) and open to the public (!!!) until March 31st, so we really encourage you to go check it out.
If you were at the Indie Tech Talk you already know this, but we wanted to wait until after everyone was home from GDC to make a big official announcement. Well here it goes…. WE OFFICIALLY HAVE A LOCATION FOR THE BABYCASTLES GALLERY!! We’re incredibly excited about what this means for our future and we already have some pretty amazing plans for what we’d like to do with the space. So be on the look out, we’re going to have a lot of great announcements coming soon.
We of course couldn’t have made it to this point without the support of our Babycastles Gallery Members, so thank you to everyone who has already joined! On that note though, we’re going to have some news soon that our Members will gain priority access to due to extremely limited availability. That’s all we can say for now, so if you’ve been on the fence about joining now is a very good time to take the leap and officially join our Membership program.
These are pretty wild times for us. Thank you for all your support so far!
New Babycastles arcade game in cabinet by Kate Kosek
We’re back with some more information about our Art Video Games in China curation at the Ace Hotel!
Games: Fish by Yi Wang, The Well by Peng Bi Tao, Cloudland by Huang Tianxiao, Mad World by Buran Deng
Curator: Bryan Ma with assistance from Amanda Chung, Wesley Bao
Opening: March 6th 6-8PM (free! all ages!)
Dates: March 6th - 31st
Location: The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York, 20 W29th Street, New York NY 10001
We’re excited to announce a month-long pop-up arcade at the Ace Hotel!
The Armory Show partnered with the Ace Hotel to put together a free, open to the public installation and we are so excited to have been invited to be a part of this. The exhibit is called Art Video Games in China and was curated by our friend Brian Ma. We’ll be bringing our arcade cabinets of course, and maybe some other stuff too?? We’ll definitely keep you updated in the time leading up to the show.
Dates: March 6-31 2014
Location: The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York, 20 W 29th Street, New York NY 10001
Aaaand we’re back!
A lot of the Babycastles team got really busy after PARTY ON THE 19TH!, and I was no exception. We all did a lot of traveling for the holiday season and beyond, but we’re all settling down now and getting back into our routines. We have a lot of things we want to say to all of you, so get ready for lots of new information in this new year!
But first, we wanted to give you a heads up about our first Indie Tech Talk of the year. This week Eddo Stern will be coming to the Game Innovation Lab at NYU Poly to talk about his working process behind his games Vietnam Romance Entertainment System, Money Making Workshop, and Wizard Takes All. There’s a facebook event page you can check out, but just in case facebook isn’t your thing we wanted to make sure you could get all the info somewhere else. We’ll also be tweeting reminders over the course of the week, so you could always follow us there so you don’t forget!
Anyway, it’s good to be back!! We hope to talk with you a lot more soon <3
PARTY ON THE 19TH is finally here!! We’re all very excited!! Thu Tran’s GIANT HORS D’OEUVRES Dinner starts at 6pm (don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance!!) then the doors open for the Party at 8pm. We have a finalized lineup too! Shark?, Butter the Children, Jovan Johnson, DJ Big Black Poodle, and DJ Jesse Fuchs will all be providing us with cool sounds to keep you dancing. This is going to be so good!! I’m abusing exclamation points but I’m really excited!!!
Ben made some amazing eggnog that we’ll be serving at the bar, Robin spent most of last night putting the finishing touches on the cabinets, and Stephen brought Glitch Tank Turtle to life. Ivan, Lauren, Syed, and Cris all worked really hard on getting 3D Pac-Man up and running, while Rob, Thomas and I devoted our time to making the Membership Center nice and pretty. We’re all scrambling to get the last pieces of things in place before we open, and I’ve been spending my morning making gifs that will be projected tonight. They’re all really simple but cute! The one above is a preview, and there will be a couple more on display tonight.
It’s all really happening! We’ll have some special gifts for people who were planning to becoming Babycastles Gallery Members at the Party. We can’t wait to share all this with you.
Love and bowties ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ See you tonight!!