Wednesday, July 30, 2008
  gameboy_ultraF_uk - Baily & Corby (2001 - 2002)
gameboy_ultraF_uk - Baily & Corby (2001 - 2002)

"The work consists of a Free Software GameBoy emulator whose rendering system has been (pathologically) rewritten to degenerate over time. Game entities mutate into background and interface elements, or appear as fragments of the games binary code. Text begins to emerge as a jumble of characters, sprites and binary data. Scanline bytes are miscopied, transformed and duplicated. Memory is blitted into sections of the screen, as the inside of the game seeps to the outside. Variations in the rendering behaviour are triggered by user interactions implicit in the game play and are manipulated by a Cellular Automata 'metabolism' giving rise to inter-related rendering symptoms. The emulator displays an unpredictable agency that injects a subjectifying process into the rendering of the software instructions it executes.

Code as readymade/open source as network

As software, the emulator is provided as open source code available for others to extend; the binary, source and documentation can be considered as component parts of the work. Thanks to Gilgamesh and Laguna for releasing their Free Software 'gnuboy' from which this modification is derived. Rather than a project that has been written from scratch, the code in this sense may be considered a 'readymade' into which an artistic intervention has been made. The recast code exists as a dysfunctional branch of the gnuboy emulator's project tree and in this sense may be considered as arising from the activity of a network of authors.The interventions in the code have been documented and commented, allowing for others to add their own attitudinal elements and rendering ailments.

Domains of the image-the generative image

From post-structuralism we have known for a long time that the image is not a self contained entity, with a fixed meaning, but rather a network of tendencies (a text), that is fluid, whose meaning derives from its context. Our concern lies with the overlap of language (image codes in the semiotic sense) with the possibilities offered by written code (software).

The project is proposed as a special class of image, able to integrate unexpected metaphors, image codes, interactivity, multiple (and sometimes unknowing) authors and software processes, and may be described as a semi-autonomous instrument or generative image, productive of all manner unexpected conjunctions, movements and image outputs."

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