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game-collection-2
Wade, Optillusion
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Game Collection Vol. 2

On the occasion of the 23rd International Exhibition, we present the second edition of Triennial Game Collection to interpret the facets of Unknown Unknowns through intimate stories. Pietro Righi Riva, founder of the game production studio Santa Ragione, selected the game designers Yijia Chen & Dong Zhou of Optillusion, Fern Goldfarb-Ramallo, Nina Freeman of Star Maid Games, Akwasi Afrane Bediako and Llaura McGee of Dreamfeel. The authors present, with a variety of approaches and themes reflecting the cultural diversity of each, five games, the common thread of which is reflection on the mysteries of outer space as a key to understanding one's inner space. 
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WADE Optillusion (China/USA) A walk along the banks of a wide river that flows into the underworld. Players are knee-deep in water and listen to chants coming from the depths. As they venture deeper into the depths, the scenery begins to change and one comes across oddities or curiosities: some simply pass by, while others are obstacles to be overcome. At the end of the journey, something strange awaits them. The play symbolizes and visualizes the stages of grief and the feelings of disquiet that we humans experience when facing the unknown.
We Are Poems Fern Goldfarb-Ramallo (Argentina) Queer regions of deep space resemble the surface of a soap bubble. The elements move and change in unexpected ways, always misbehaving and not caring about our expectations, busy as they are with blossoming into the highest version of themselves. In a fluctuation of suspended particles, the player swims in a bountiful and joyous explosion of colors and distorted lights that oppose gloom and embrace emptiness as a place to (re)build.
Nonno’s Legend Nina Freeman (Star Maid Games) (USA) A game about imagining places never seen before. As a child, when Nina visited her grandparents, she often played with their globe and enjoyed exploring the Earth's surface with her fingertips. Grandpa—Nina affectionately calls him that because of his Italian origins—would show her the magical properties of that globe, which was capable of redrawing the planet! Moving lands here and there, players discovered oceans and formed new continents, creating the map of a new imaginary world born from Grandpa's magical globe.
MINE Akwasi Bediako Afrane (Ghana) MINE is a first-person exploration game in which the audience enters an "open mine" and observes the still little-known correlation between mineral resources and virtual spaces. The mine is explored through digital renderings of minerals and some of their end products: electronic components. MINE plays on the disconnection between the physical and digital worlds, how we overlook the intrinsic link between raw materials and the virtual spaces we inhabit, and hypothesizes that future, unknown materials will make new realities possible.
Contact Llaura McGee (Dreamfeel, Ireland) Contact is a game about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Specifically, the author was inspired by her own life story, growing up in a small remote village believing that there was no one like her. Players interact with a complex interface with the goal of decoding and understanding visual cues on the screen, these then reveal a spoken text narrating a childhood memory of the author. The memory, being an ambiguous signal, is the beginning of a young queer woman's journey of self-recognition.
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Credits
curatorship and design: Pietro Righi Riva produced by: Triennale Milano e Santa Ragione design and menu implementation: Stefano Sanitate e Alberto Putignano QA & trailers: Riccardo Reina

Highlights

Wade, Optillusion
We Are Poems, Fern Goldfarb-Ramallo
Nonno's Legend, Nina Freeman (Star Maid Games)
MINE, Akwasi Bediako Afrane
Contact, Llaura McGee (Dreamfeel)

Archives and collection

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Modella posa nella sezione del Messico durante un servizio fotografico di moda
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Una modella posa all'interno della Mostra di oggetti per la casa (o Mostra Oggetti d'uso), nel Padiglione USA progettato dagli architetti Lodovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti e Ernesto Nathan Rogers
Tre modelle percorrono il Ponte che collega il Palazzo dell'Arte con l'area verde antistante, progetto degli architetti Aldo Rossi e Luca Meda
Tre modelle percorrono il Ponte che collega il Palazzo dell'Arte con l'area verde antistante, progetto degli architetti Aldo Rossi e Luca Meda
Ingresso principale sul fronte ovest del Palazzo dell'Arte
Ingresso principale sul fronte ovest del Palazzo dell'Arte