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LAB 5.1: Graeme Patterson The Games Room

June 3, 2005 - June 3, 2005

Halifax based artist Graeme Patterson creates a multimedia installation comprised of stop-animation and electronic sculpture for his exploration of pre-digital gaming culture. Originally from Saskatchewan, Patterson comments, “Within the last few months I have found myself in small towns and cities participating in activities such as bowling, ping-pong, and darts with family members and friends. It seems to be a common thread no matter where I go. It has become an obsession, and I have noticed I am not the only one addicted to these simple sports.” For The Games Room, Patterson utilizes computer animatronics and DV camera to create his installation, which includes a 1/10 scale ping-pong game that runs the course of a match. Patterson began experimenting with animation and creating miniature worlds as a child; his practice focuses on stop-motion animation and sculptural installation, through the creation of puppets and sets. Patterson’s awards include the Atlantic Film Festival Direct Joy Award for most promising new director (2003), and The Garden State Film Festival’s First Prize for Short Animation (2003). His work has also been featured on CBC Radio, the Marion McCain Atlantic Art Exhibition (2004) and the 21st International Symposium at Baie-Saint-Paul, Qu├ębec in 2003.

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