1UP

1UP

1UP

30 second video formatted for unique 80-foot high video marquee, 2013

Five iterations of the artist move through a shifting set of game environments drawn from the golden age of arcade games. These three game worlds have different settings, obstacles, goals, and rules of physics, all of which affect the characters' movements & controls.

Created for Art on the Marquee at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer St., Boston

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I am interested in how our our internalized knowledge of the movement, actions, setting, and art style of these games from 30 years ago informs our experiences today, and I am drawn to the absurdity of realistic human performers attempting to carry out movements associated with a flat, abstracted 2D environment.

Press

  • Cate McQuaid, What's Up at Boston-area Art Galleries?, The Boston Globe, March 20, 2013
    Jeffu Warmouth’s funny, existential “1UP” also pays homage to old arcade games, but here the protagonist is a man, not a Pacman, desperately scrambling through endless tests.
  • Ira Cantor, Pax East Goes for Big Game, The Boston Herald, March 17, 2013
    Fitchburg State University media professor Jeffu Warmouth’s “1UP” shows a self-inspired character “moving through a shifting set of game environments drawn from the Golden Age of arcade games.”

    Warmouth, 42, a Groton resident, said he spent about 100 hours creating his video, which recalls scenes from the classic 8-bit games “Donkey Kong,” “Joust” and “Dig Dug.”

    “I’ve always done work with kind of a popular bent to it and I’ve done a lot of work about pop culture, and I’ve always been interested in venues that are not white gallery space,” said Warmouth, who has made two previous videos for the BCEC marquee. “There’s something great about the marquee being in the public space where people are not expecting art. Definitely, it’s expanded my audience.”