Nano Festival of Contemporary Attitude
23-29 October 2004 Bucharest
Janek Simon (Poland)
‘Carpet Invaders’ – 29 October, 2020 Home Gallery,
Grivitei 39, floor 3, apartment 8
Janek Simon and his Carpet Invaders
During the Dis Location night, a motley crew scoring for new art war games
has invaded the 2020 home Gallery. From a beamer hooked on the ceiling,
the magic ray spreads the magic
carpet on the room floor. Janek Simon from Poland who used to launch cathedral
spires into space is preparing a comeback for classic arcade games such
as the one programmed and designed by Toshihiro Nishikado in 1978. From
its beginnings this classic game dealt with political problems. The initial
human figures where swiftly transformed into pixilated, triangular shaped,
medusa-like, skull-headed extraterrestrials, so as to hide the body counts
and bloody scores.
Bible-belt communities felt terribly insecure after the tender minds of
their sons and daughters got hooked on the game, thus loosing their appetite
for Sunday school faith games. While coins got inserted, economical effects
where to follow, Japan was suffering a countrywide coin shortage and kids
in the States where busting the cash machines for small change. Cultural
upsurge was to follow.
Conflict areas always meet inside the 2-dimensional space of military
maps and game layouts.
Janek Simon unites the old geometric designs of Caucasian and
Armenian carpets with the low-resolution abstractness of the Space Invaders.
The collector carpet furnishing the ethnic-design, world-cuisine magazine
becomes a new shopping item for the homecoming marines and the kid back
home. It is the Oriental rug for your portable arcade mosque.
Follow the voice of the Joystick prophet.