Paolo Pedercini: Radical Games

Exhibit Date: January 21 - February 6, 2016
(Posted: November 30, 2016)

Italian born artist-activist Paolo Pedercini creates outrageous art-videogames that confront some of the most difficult and controversial issues of our times, from gun control to religious hypocrisy and corporate greed. This exhibition includes five games produced by Pedercini under his project name Molleindustria and features the debut of a new sim-city inspired commentary on urban planning Nova Alea.
From a Marxist critique of capitalism disguised as a management simulator, to a send-up of the gun-lobby’s twisted logic set to a kickin’ blue-grass soundtrack, his work is wickedly humorous. Pedercini also explores alternative game forms including the experimental narrative/game Unmanned, an examination of the morally ambiguous life of drone pilots in the war on terror, and the surrealistic, stream of consciousness text-adventure game Ergon/Logos.
Pedercini is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon where he teaches experimental game design and media production courses.