GO APE is an informal expression
meaning to just lose control
and become really angry or excited.
"Ich spiele mit der Zeit, ich habe genug davon.
Ich spiele mit der Macht, wer will das schon.
Ich spiele mit Musik, ich spiele jeden Ton, ich spiele Leben."
Hansi Lang, 1984
GoApe Cul-de-Sac GamePunkBand Split of the band at Dachkantine Zurich, DK Festival Feb. 2006
“The girls who get the calls, the girls who get the rings, are those who are in the know (...when it comes to caring for their clothes).” Advertisement quoted by McLuhan, The Mechanical Bride (1951). So the one who eludes the conception of the chess player Marcel Duchamp and his dark chocolate (German: Herrenschokolade) mill, is the self-proclaimed new mechanical bride, the charming Skype mistress who rides ´pataboards just by social engineering for a new game, for a new life!
Another Real Player, the ordinary female switchboard operator, nowadays plays with micro circuit connections on stage. She demonstrates the continuation of avantgarde techniques as cut-up, collage and auto-matic writing (William S. Borroughs). To envision this live gig, please call up your mental images of Godard´s Alphaville (1964) or of the Anti-Pop Consor-tium´s Perpendicular/Vector clip (2002), where the switchboard girl is incorporated as an icon.
Postmedial Condition, Installation Arco Madrid, Centro Conde Duque opening 4th feb 2006
The baroque museum vitrine with rotating rocaille mussel legs historicises contemporary game worlds. In the display case the ludic society magazine is exhibited as ludic society fanzine next to the useless gameplay interface objects GoApe chindogus. All the objects are placed on red velvet. The ´patastyled circuit boards aesthetic contains elements of a bourgeois bohemian artisanship. As bijoux they are self-sufficient, yet they are also sound-playing performance hammers, in other words nouvelles machines célibataires, new bachelor machines. In the vitrine arrangement they are accompanied by some naked circuit boards without any functional technical elements, but with an ISBN number and barcode, demonstrating their objectiveness as a new format for text publications. They appear as system immanent explanation, similar to a Perl poetry work, at the same time readable when executed as technical object but also working when just lying in a vitrine and not activated: as language and as parole!
Transmediale06 Berlin programm announcer
Ludic Society: nouveaux objets célibataires Fri 3 Feb, 21h, Akademie der Künste, Salon modular lecture/presentation
LS cofounder Marguerite Charmante and ludic socialite Fleshgordo a.k.a. Super Mario present the latest publication of the Ludic Society and demo the game-based research artifact and absurd game interface, "GoApe chindogus". Presentation of the latest publication of the Ludic Society and demo the game-based research artifact and absurd game interface, "GoApe chindogus". Special appearance by Game Punk Hardwarehacker, Zurich and postvynil by MaFu, Manchester.
Postmedial Condition, Installation Neue Galerie Graz opening 3rd dec. 2005
Inside the postmedial exhibition space, a museum show-case, an antique vitrine from the Hofmobilien Depot Vienna, provokes disapprobation! The vitrine evokes the reception situation of a cultural-historical museum. It disturbs the clear thinking lines and con-nections between an architecturally guided parcours through former media-art-works, which allege to emancipate from the dark cave of intermediality. As objet trouvé its impudent voluptuous shape contra-dicts the line of projections in dark rooms. The museum's vitrine needs a spotlight! Its high glossy glass top unpleasantly mirrors its surroundings, becomes a looking glass for objects and the ob-servers of apparently technical objects which have come together in its abdomen. The baroque legs of the presentation shelf are an instability factor, a rocaille link to the retorsion spirals shown inside, the crafty self-etched circuit boards made of beautiful stylish black, specially ordered circuit board material and decorative, electricity- and signal- conducting copper. The presentation set-up couples the LCD screen for the game videoclip with the museum object vitrine. Its readymade character is a glitch, a pro-voked distortion of conservatorial decisions of not yet framed media and art positions.