“Moving Mario” definitely doesn’t reproduce Super Mario Bros in another way. By partially grabbing the concept and some of the key elements behind the TV game development, Moving Mario tries to challenge some of the traditional game elements. Throughout the gaming process, players can rethink the relationship between the player and the game. This work consists of basic set-up only: there isn’t any side-scroller or background scrolling. Moving Mario is actually demonstrating the mentioned concept and setting up a platform for players to visualize this concept while participating in it. Let’s move Mario!
Keith Lam (a.k.a. the Demos) is a new media artist, artistic director of a new media art group “dimension+”, visiting lecturer of the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Art School. He was an instructor at the School of Creative Media, technical director and consultant of Microwave International New Media Arts Festival. His artworks have been invited to numerous festivals around the world, including CyberArs at Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, Split Film Festival in Croatia, AveCom in Holland, Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Wikimania 2007, Eslite Digital Calligraphy Exhibition, Taiwan Digital Media Art Archive Festival, Hong Kong Arts Biennale, etc. His work “Moving Mario” was awarded the honorary mention in Ars Electronica 2008 Interactive Arts Category, and has been exhibited around the world in media art festival including Austria, Croatia, Holland and Switzerland.