Moving Mario

“Moving Mario” is a cute installation by Keith Lam, aka the Demos. It is easier to show than to describe:

You can read the slightly too elaborate description here. I guess you have to write that kind of stuff when you’re an artist – I’d have thought you just get it after seeing it for 2 seconds.

It strongly reminded me of the “Be Kind Rewind” exhibition at the Deitch gallery in New York. A friend of mine went there, and it sounded hilarious. Lots of crummy yet crazily inventive mechanical sets and backdrops that anyone can use to make their own movie.

I can’t find a decent description of it, but here is a video showing some of the backdrops:

I’ve been very interested in doing lo-fi stuff like this lately. It just seems like such a cool and natural approach for an indie game, or other online / interactive project of some kind. See also my earlier post about MUTO.

Comments 3

  1. MMoi wrote:

    I actually don’t agree with what is said in the video… I mean, technically, when you press Right, Mario moves on Right, and depending on his position, the stage display scrolls on Left. But Right direction = Left scroll is not perfectly… right ;)

    Nice stuff, still.

    Posted 15 Jun 2008 at 8:34
  2. Jurie wrote:

    I think my eyes glazed over after 1.5 seconds, but then my attention span can be very bad sometimes… But, I mean, who needs an explanation?

    Posted 15 Jun 2008 at 8:43
  3. fluffy wrote:

    Oy, I couldn’t make it past the halfway point in that video when the art babble got way too thick.

    Also, clearly this guy hasn’t played much Mario, since anyone who has played it enough would realize that Mario is not always centered on the screen and, more importantly, you can’t scroll left…

    Posted 15 Jun 2008 at 11:45