If you haven’t been at the HAW’s annual exhibition last weekend, then you missed out! There was so much to see, a lot of inspirational work. It was my first exhibition in Hamburg, so I had no idea what to expect. I wish there had been more space for all the pictures, the walls were densely packed and sadly some art was pretty high up and hard to see.
Next year I definitely will make sure to spend more time there, and to offer some postcards and posters too.
It started out quite stressful for Alex and me. We arrived there a bit before the opening of the exhibition to print a little guide for our game. But the uni’s printers did not work. So we went upstairs to put our nametags on our drawings. There we learned that our game, which was to be on display in another room, did not work and nobody had been able to reach us. So we went downstairs and at first did not find the computers, because they were moved to another room. In the end we had to drive back home, export the game again (complicated story, the desktop version for Windows had a bug that made it crash, and we could not test the Mac version), and we also brought Alex’s laptop along to be sure. So 2 hours after the exhibition started we had our game running, and luckily it did not crash. I was actually surprised how many people took the time to play the games. The room was very packed in the evening, and the exhibition closed almost 2 hours after the official end of the first day. So after all it turned out to be a quite successful exhibition for us. People seemed to like our game, even someone from Daedalic complimented us on it. :-)
In the first few photos you can seen the room, how the computers were set up. Three games per computer were on display. Our game is the pixely space game, “Signalis”. We will put it online soon so you can play it too!
Our class’ games were:
- “Choose your fate, Octavian” by Eva Hambach
- “Kill your darling” (or “Kill your husband”) by Jan Soeken
- “Gone” by Melody Schroeder, Annika Frerichs and Lukas Klimowicz
- “Goku” (looks like Japanese woodcuts) by Janis Vernier
- “Signalis” by Alexander Zwerger and Barbara Wittmann (that’s me!)
- “Rosenkavalier - The Game” by Friederike Hantel
- “Joey’s Journey” (the cockroach game) by Norman Heck, Patricia Hessler and Malia König
- “A dog stole my flower” charmingly drawn and animated by Jelena Haeschke and Baptiste Tassel
- “Voodoo” (the only 3d game) by Kai Wittig.
Sadly not on display was Damian Schloter's “Double Hitler" which is a complete game and very funny!
Then there are some photos with lots of drawings and sketches of heads and people. That’s from the drawing course we attended, the topic was emotions, mimics, gestures. Our sketchbooks were there too.
After that I’d like to show you my friends’ work.
The yellow narrow series of pictures about the band America is by Isen, her art was exhibited in the same room as our game so we got to hang out for a bit which was very nice! She has also made the yellow booklet on the table and the yellow/blue/red art on the wall above that.
Then there’s Sanna's Bachelors project, an illustrated children's book with story and art by her. The book is huge and the paintings are incredibly detailed.
And last but not least you can see what Ben is working on for his Masters project (the gorillas), and other art of his.
I greatly enjoyed talking to Ben and Isen, Michael our games tutor, meeting new people and great artists (for example Frederik Jurk, the dinosaur man), and getting to know Tom. I can’t wait for next year and also getting to know more people in the coming semesters. :-)