Other non-Blizzard artists include Aram Bartholl (Berlin); Alexander Galloway (New York); Jacqueline Goss (New York); Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn, Tale of Tales (Ghent, Belgium); John Klima (Lisbon, Portugal); Cyril Kuhn (Los Angeles); Antoinette LaFarge (Irvine); Mashallah Design and Linda Kostowski (Berlin); Robert Nideffer and Alex Szeto (Irvine); Airyka Rockefeller (San Francisco); Eddo Stern (Los Angeles); The Third Faction (Azeroth); and Zeng Han (Guangzhou).
The Laguna museum is really going all out for the show and is offering special packages to attendees, including passes that include *free* WoW T-shirts, posters and the special exhibit manual. Prices range from $30 (30% discount on T-shirts) to the Level 80 package (har) at $125, which includes unlimited admission for families during the length of the show, two T-shirts, tickets to the opening show and your own Samwise autographed print (kidding!). Check out the goodies here: bit.ly/gZmVP.
Sunday, June 14 at 1 p.m.
Zeng Han is a photographer based in Guangzhou, China who has just completed a semester at School of Visual Arts in New York. Zeng will be discussing the concept of “soulstealers” in his work.
Saturday, July 11 at 1 p.m.
Aram Bartholl’s WoW workshop will be held the day before his lecture. Bartholl will extend the project shown in the exhibition out onto the streets of Laguna Beach. Everyone is welcome to participate and enjoy an afternoon of art making and have the opportunity to be involved in a collaborative performance. The workshop and performance will be documented on video, and the edited version will be shown in the exhibition.
Sunday, July 12 at 1 p.m.
Bartholl, based in Berlin, is interested in the way network data manifests into the everyday world. Bartholl investigates this in the physical space through performance, installation, and video. With World of Warcraft, Bartholl investigates this manifestation through the one of the most popular online role-playing games.
Sunday, July 26 at 1 p.m.
Jacqueline Goss, based in New York, creates film and video in order to explore the ways we think about ourselves through systemic machines, like politics, culture, and science. Goss will talk about her work in game space, animation, and the documentary form.
Sunday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m.
Robert Nideffer, “Playing with Bosch”
Nideffer, based in Irvine, will compare the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch that illustrate fantasy with religious narratives with the images in World of Warcraft.
Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.
Antoinette LaFarge, based in Long Beach, questions the mode of fiction through performance, digital media, games, and writing. In this way, LaFarge looks at World of Warcraft and other role-playing games as one way of constructing a fictional narrative.
Thursday, Oct. 1, UC Irvine, TBA
This forum will include artists Antoinette LaFarge, Robert Nideffer, Eddo Stern, and Jeff Chamberlain, the cinematics project lead at Blizzard Entertainment. The forum will be moderated by the associate director at UCI’s Beall Center for Art and Technology, David Familian.
If you get a chance, head to to museum yourself, at:
Laguna Beach, CA 92651