Detail: A recombinatory slot game with 15 five-line death fictions/poetics.
By combining an online pokie machine, new media art, and fortune telling, …..artist Jason Nelson built his new digital art creation entitled “this is how you will die”. The project, designed to be featured on the web, explores cultural understandings of death, gambling and video games. Basically this online art project is a stripped down pokie machine, and instead of winning money, the player wins short fiction combinations and pop-up movie clips.
Each time the player pushes the spin button, a new death scenario comes to the screens. If the player wins more spins they can continue, if they lose, they have just forecasted their death. To create the random death scenarios, Jason wrote 15 short fictions, each divided into five sections: where you will die, how you will die parts one and two, and what happens after you die parts one and two. Each of these sections then become the channels of the Death Pokie machine. When all sections stop spinning, then you have a new random fiction sequence, a series of lines that form the story of your future demise.
Work like this is known as Digital Writing or New Media Art. The basic premise of this fast growing art genre is to use technology, in this case web technologies, to build artistic creations that are both interactive and have multiple levels of meanings and narrative. Imagine writing a novel for a video game environment, and in the case of “this is how you will die” a pokie machine.
Eventually this work, like much of Jason’s online artwork will be displayed in art galleries and online magazines worldwide. In addition, he has plans to use the same Pokie game engine and explore other perennially controversial topics such as sex and politics.
Jason Nelson says, “Like any gambling device you want to hook the player, to get them interested enough to keep playing. I’ve had friends play this who are obsessed with building credits, or in this case Death Credits. They send me screen shots of their winning totals.”
“While the concept of a pokie machine that forecasts your death is, at first glance, disturbing, this digital art project is really about creating fictions, and exploring a society obsessed with death and gambling”
“In many ways, much of our daily life is a gamble. “this is how you will die” through its game play and poetic pop ups, reinforces the idea that all our actions have results, and while we can change our paths, we must also accept the inevitability of death. ”
In addition, I’ve used the same interface for a Xmas Disaster Generator: http://www.secrettechnology.com/holiday/creepyxmas.html