In Ms. Pac-Mondrian, the iconic yellow sphere races around the canvas of Mondrian’s modernist masterpiece “Broadway Boogie Woogie” to the tune of the jazz he loved to dance to. New levels are created with original electronic dance music by local musicians. Each play of the game is an improvisational jazz session. Pac-Mondrian sits in as a session drummer with the Boogie Woogie Trio of Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, and Pete Johnson, hitting hi-hats, cymbals.
The Prize Budget for Boys (http://pbfb.ca/) is an arts collective originally convened in Toronto in 2001 to make new media, performance, video game, literary, and fine art. Their first book, The Spectacular Vernacular Revue, was published in the Fall of 2004 by Roof Books (New York), based on a multi-disciplinary multi-media performance work that toured across Canada and the US from 2001-3. The original Pac-Mondrian arcade cabinet is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of the Moving Image (New York). Their art has been installed at the MINE Festival (Denmark), Vertexlist (New York), the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Art Metropole (Toronto), ArtSpeak (Vancouver), and Helen Pitt Gallery (Vancouver). In 2007, their work will be displayed at Pallant House Gallery (UK), and Gamezone deSingel (Belgium). A selection of media that have featured the work of the PBFB includes The New York Times, Glamour, Newsweek, USA Today, Marie Claire, Playboy, ARTnews, The Guardian, MTV and VH1.