Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts
Event Detail
Press Start: an exploration of creative gaming culture

Press Start

Saturday 31 July - Sunday 05 September
Angear Visitor Centre

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Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm
Sunday 12noon-4pm
Closed Mondays
Admission free

Videogames are the dominant sector in the creative and entertainment industries with nearly 3 billion users worldwide and a projected market growth to exceed $200 billion by 2025.

Videogames are also a powerful storytelling and artistic medium that continue to inspire people around the world. For many, videogames are not just something they consume, but vehicles for telling their own stories and the canvases on which to express their art.

This exhibition focuses on three categories of artistic practice that involve the employment, manipulation and/or alteration of videogame assets to convey stories and emotions: ‘machinima’, ‘in-game photography’ and ‘gamics’. The image and screen displays in Press Start feature the artworks of 18 artists from different parts of the world who are active practitioners in the creation of films, pictures and comics within videogame worlds and through their assets.

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Montage of images from Press Start exhibition

(Left to right: Narcissism - Artist: Menaria . Team Fortress 2 and Source Filmmaker used with permission of Valve Corp. © 2007-2021 Valve Corp.; Cyberpunk 2077 – Artist: Stephanie J. Based on Cyberpunk 2077 © CD PROJEKT S.A. All rights reserved.; Timeless Thief - Artist: Mark Palmer . Team Fortress 2 and Source Filmmaker used with permission of Valve Corp. © 2007-2021 Valve Corp.)


Featured Artists:
Artworks: Artworks: The Winglet; Jordy Veenstra; CrazyFox; Frans Bouma; Akumath; Megan Miller; Irregular Saturn. Music:

Featured Videogames:
Source Filmmaker and Team Fortress 2 © Valve; Quake III Arena © idSoftware; Minecraft © Mojang AB; Just Cause 3© Square Enix; The Last of Us Part II © Sony Interactive Entertainment; God of War © Sony Interactive Entertainment ; Sonic © Sega; Mega Man © Capcom.


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England