Game Play Festival 2011, The Brick Theater Williamsburg
foci + loci are interested in exploring the topological treatment of time and space afforded by game engines. Treating the map editors in video games as virtual sound stages, foci + loci create immersive electro-acoustic spaces with virtual instruments and timed audiovisual events.
foci + loci evolved through a fascination with the malleability of virtual space paired with an interest in electroacoustic improvisation leading the duo (Tamara Yadao and Chris Burke) to design spaces that could be “played” as instruments. foci + loci have received a NYSCA grant for 2013 to develop their full scale game art performance installation ‘Bal(l)ade’ and have given workshops at 8static in Philadelphia, the Babycastles Summit at the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC) as well as lecturing on game sound at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Some places Chris and Tamara have performed include Babycastles, Diapason Gallery, Handmade Music at Culture Fix, Front Room Gallery, Secret Project Robot, The Stone, Vaudeville Park, Vector Game Art Festival in Toronto and Game Play Festival 2011 at the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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