Babyharvester, a collaboration between New York City based publication Slice Harvester and New York City based independent games arcade Babycastles, is a grotesque reimagining of our childhood innocence. The installation consists of recreations of nostalgic american iconography from the late 20th century in the format of a pizzeria & arcade. Babycastles will present a curation of delightful, violent, & nationalist video games installed as an arcade. Slice Harvester will transform the gallery room into a pizzeria, with wall murals by Yusuke Okada.
The primary goal of Babycastles is to provide infrastructure for independently developed video games as a viable form of social culture for New York City and its youth. Babycastles has curated and installed video game arcades at Silent Barn, Showpaper 42nd St Gallery, Devotion Gallery, 285 Kent, Death By Audio, Public Assembly, The Museum of Modern Art Teens Program, and the American Museum of Natural History, all in New York City. Babycastles exhibitions have been covered by Art News, City Room, New York Times, Engadget, Life & Times, TIME, CNN, G4TV, BBC, Vice, Rhizome, as well as international print and video publications.
Hagendorf AKA Slice Harvester, who has been publishing fanzines since he was 14 years old, dedicated the last two and a half years of his life to sampling cheese pizza from every pie shop in Manhattan, reviewing slices and chronicling his journey on printed 'zines he assembles at copy shops and sells for $3 apiece. His work has been covered by Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, NY Daily News, Esquire.
Yusuke Okada, Brooklyn based Tokyo punk rocker, is well known in the international punk community for his bands Blotto, Suspicious Beasts and Golden Clouds among others. Turns out he is as prolific a visual artist as he is a musician. His work has been featured in a number of weird places, but this will be his first time in a gallery! Very exciting. The distorted vision of the world portrayed in his mixed-media work can be both uplifting and terrifying, but at the very least it seems to elicit a strong reaction from everyone who sees it.
Video games installed as an arcade include:
• Harpooned - Harpooned is a socially conscious shoot ‘em up that puts you at the helm of a Japanese whaling boat.
• I Was In The War - I Was in the War is a simple action game where the goal is to run as far as you can toward the right side of the screen, while avoiding various opponents, like soldiers, tanks, and helicopters.
• PeaceMaker - PeaceMaker is a turn-based strategy game which simulates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The Clocktower projects of Babycastles, Slice Harvester and Yusuke Okada are made possible by a grant from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Generous pizza support provided by Pizza Suprema.