Video game enthusiasts now have a reason to visit the NY Museum of Modern Art. A new installation called “Applied Design” is displaying 14 video games without their packaging. Instead of being in an arcade cabinet, the games,which include Pac-Man and Canabalt, are on a single screen set against a gray wall with a singular controller on a platform beside it.
The exhibit’s curator said that the goal is to isolate the interaction with the game, very different from the Museum of the Moving Image’s “Spacewar!” exhibit which refused to separate the interactive experience from it’s original console. “Applied D
esign” is more than an exhibit about video games. It also includes items such as an earthquake-proof table, a mobile homeless shelter, and a hybrid energy sources like ivy.