The Game: The Game (New Installation)
Wednesday,Jan 10,2018 to Sunday,Mar 25,2018
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
The Game: The Game takes the form of a dating simulator, pitting you against six men who are aggressively vying for your attention at a bar. These characters are based on real-life “seduction coaches” who offer tips and techniques—ranging from confidence building to psychological manipulation—that teach men how to interact with women for the primary purpose of quickly engaging in sexual encounters. Composed entirely of scenarios, techniques, and language from texts and instructional videos created by these seduction coaches, The Game: The Game flips the script on the iterative processes of some of the world’s most prominent pick-up artists.
When: On exhibit from January 10 to March 25
Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106 (Amphitheater Gallery)
Museum Admission: $15/adults; $11/seniors & students with ID; $7 youth (ages 3–17).
Admission to the galleries is free on Fridays, 4-8 PM.
The Game: The Game is exhibited with The Game: The Game Research Reel (2018), a compilation of hidden camera footage, instructional videos, and conference recordings by seduction coaches that highlights some of the actual techniques, scenarios, and language that were included in the game.
The Game: The Game is the product of several years of research by artist Angela Washko in the pick-up artist (PUA) community. Sorting through this often troubling material, she rejects the polarizing language that frequently surrounds PUAs, offering a nuanced view of power and desire in the complex world of contemporary sex and dating by giving players the opportunity to experience these systems firsthand.