Suzanne Treister

Fictional Videogame Stills

In the late 1980s I was making paintings about computer games.

In January 1991 I bought an Amiga computer and made a series of fictional videogame stills using Deluxe Paint II. I photographed them straight from the screen as there was no other way to output them that I knew of. Also, the effect of the photographs perfectly reproduced the highly pixellated, raised needlepoint effect of the Amiga screen image. Conceptually this means of presentation was also appropriate in that it made it seem like I had gone into a videogame arcade and photographed the games there, lending authenticity to the fiction.

Part of this series was shown in London at the Edward Totah Gallery in March 1992 and later that year at the Exeter Hotel in Adelaide Australia.
The first seven works on this page, which form a series titled, 'Q. Would you recognise a Virtual Paradise?' were shown at the Exeter Hotel in Adelaide, Australia in 1992 and in London at the Royal Festival Hall in the exhibition It's a Pleasure, curated by Leah Kharibian in 1995.

The original Amiga floppy disks are corrupt but the original photographs/works still exist.

Recent venues: Somerset House, London, 2018 view installation

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

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Would you recognise a Virtual Paradise? Not Enough Memory Presume Virtual Breakdown Virtual Wilderness
Software Failure... Error Finding Question  No Message - Proceed You Have Lost Control - Change Identity
Are You Dreaming? Dream Monster. Easyworld 5 Examine the Evidence

Fate worse than Death Gates of Wisdom Incidents reported Do you know?

Lost in Space Blinded by the Text Monster Visions/ SongTitles Identify the Murder Weapon

Mutant Territories- Grand Prix Quiz 2 No Quiz Quiz - 10 Questions

Would you like to make a wish? Choose an exit You can move in all directions Have you ever played this game before?

Choose a Number Player 1 Player 2 Four Exits All Exits Are Closed
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Cremation Boxes Can you open the Box? Extinguish Targets Begin Again
  What Would You Say? Answer Twice  

 © Suzanne Treister 1991/1992