Thursday, July 23, 2009

My New Favorite Browser Game – PAC MONDRIAN by Prize Budget For Boys

I can’t believe I never heard of this before. It’s PAC MONDRIAN by Prize Budget For Boys. I saw it featured over at Rhizome today, but it was made in 2002. Pictured is a screenshot I took of the Broadway Boogie Woogie map.


Here’s the text on it from their website:

“Even though he was in his 70s at the time, when Mondrian arrived in New York and heard boogie woogie jazz he just had to get down! The energy of the jazz rhythms pulsing through his body soon found their way down his arm and out his brush when he “put a little boogie” into his paintings.

Mondrian’s goal for painting can easily be read as a description of the intricate percussion of contemporary dance music. He sought the “destruction of melody which is the destruction of natural appearance; and construction through the continuous opposition of pure means–dynamic rhythm”. Techno itself.

If Mondrian was around in the 90s, he would have been a raver.

During that era Pac-Man thrived as an underground icon that was seen on t-shirts and stamped on pills because of a meme that circulated on rave message boards:

“Computer games don’t affect kids. I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we’d all be running around in darkened rooms munching pills and listening to repetitive music.”

If you’ve ever played Pac-Man or known a Mondrian, the game should be immediately familiar to you. There are a couple surprises, but I’ll let you find them on your own. Enjoy!

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:15 pm  

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