Amiga Videogame Stills, art by Suzanne Treister #ArtTuesday #Amiga #Art #VintageComputing

Back in 1991, Suzanne Treister bought an Amiga computer and made a series of fictional videogame stills using Deluxe Paint II. She photographed them straight from the screen as there was no other way to output them, apart from through a very primitive daisy wheel printer where they appeared as washed out dots.

The effect of the photographs perfectly reproduced the highly pixelated, raised needlepoint effect of the Amiga screen image. Conceptually this means of presentation was also appropriate in that it made it seem like she had gone into a videogame arcade and photographed the games there, lending authenticity to the fiction.

Many of these works were shown in London at the Edward Totah Gallery in March 1992 (view installation) and later that year at the Exeter Hotel in Adelaide, Australia.

In 1995 the ‘Q. Would you recognise a Virtual Paradise?’ series was shown in London at the Royal Festival Hall in the exhibition It’s a Pleasure, curated by Leah Kharibian

Recent venues: Somerset House, London, 2018 view installation ; Akron Art Museum, Ohio, USA 2019 and tour; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2019/20 view installation

The original Amiga floppy disks which stored the image files are corrupt, but the photographic art works remain.

For more information download my essay from ‘Videogames and Art‘, Ed. Andy Clarke, Grethe Mitchell, Publ. Intellect Books, UK 2007

View the works here and there is a video version.


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