Boštjan Čadež – fšk presents an upgrade to the 2006 online toy Line Rider, a classic sandbox game in which players can draw tracks for a sledder to ride down.
The original toy was awarded the prestigious Game Developers Choice Award in the innovation category, which recognizes games that demonstrate innovation and push the boundaries of games as an expressive medium. Due to its simple and intuitive user interface, it became a true internet phenomenon, featured on numerous popular websites (from Yahoo to Time Magazine), covered in game magazines and the New York Times, and used as an educational tool for physics learning. It had 34 million downloads and ranked seventh on the Google Zeitgeist list of most popular searches. The toy was plagiarised and the subject of many variations and adaptations, but most importantly, it inspired many players who shared their creations through online videos. The website http://bevibeldesign.com/line-rider-archival-project offers an archive curated by Bevibel Harvey, containing over 25,000 sledding adventures created by more than a thousand creative individuals.
At the exhibition, you can experience Boštjan’s attempt to transfer the original’s expressiveness into the world of virtual reality.
Author: Boštjan Čadež
Sound design: Jaka Batič
Thanks: Steven Wittens
Music: Srečna mladina, Etceteral, Kleemar, Borka (w. Bakto), Haiku Garden, Shekuza, Moveknowlegment
Production: Aksioma – Institute of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana | konS ≡ Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art