Nano Festival of Contemporary Attitude
23-29 October 2004 Bucharest
Carpet Invaders is an interactive instalation. A computer game is projected onto the floor. The game’s graphic is taken from a 19th century caucassian prayer rug. The game is a clone of an early arcade classic - Space Invaders. Ornaments found on the rug turned out to be almost identical as the orginal graphics of the game. The game can be played with a gamepad hanging next to the projection The sound resembles that of early consoles and eight bit computers.
"An Eastern prayer rug 'lies on the floor'.
As opposed to real prayer rugs, its design is not fixed. Using a gamepad,
the beholder can fight against the rug by attacking parts of its design.
Those who manage to destroy them all go on to a higher level. Playing
this game could prompt reflection; this is, after all, a new battle against
a rug whose design was once full of significances that have, in the meantime,
been suppressed and degraded to the role of decoration. In a perverse
way, the game restores life to this ornamentation by turning it into a
hostile being that must be destroyed in combat."