PULSE Art & Technology Festival, Savannah

PULSE Art Technology Festival 2019 Savannah

PULSE Art + Technology Festival returns to Savannah Jan. 24-27, 2019 featuring games and appearances by renowned videogame designer Keita Takahashi

The annual PULSE Art + Technology Festival is an activity-filled, multi-day event highlighting innovative, technology-based art. This year, festivalgoers can enjoy the fun and quirky world of award-winning videogame designer Keita Takahashi, lectures on the future of design, STEAM workshops, performances, and more Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center.

Several Savannah-made videogames will also be on view throughout the festival, including Alex Barrett and Samantha Davenport’s Squidlit, with characters and sounds reminiscent of vintage Game Boy games, and Halseo’s ultra-competitive Battery Jam, in which players smash their robotic opponents into smithereens.

A Chatham County Free Family Day on Jan. 26 will exhibit STEAM projects from local schools. In keeping with the humorous and inventive spirit of Takahashi’s games, the museum will also present a performance by That1Guy, an artist known for his unique instrument, the Magic Pipe, at 3PM.

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Featured Exhibition

Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out (on view through July 14, 2019)

This exhibition will include playable versions of all of Takahashi’s major Namco games, including the original Katamari Damacy and its newly remastered edition, Katamari Reroll, We Love Katamari, and Noby Noby Boy. The exhibition will also include Takahashi’s independent games and immersive installations, including Tenya Wanya Teens, which is operated with two 16-button controllers, the AR game Woorld (Funomena), and a reimagined, immersive take on the classic game PacMan (with Clement Shimizu and Babycastles).

Early projects as well as those currently in development, including the eagerly awaited major game Wattam (Funomena, Annapurna Interactive), will also be on view.

This exhibition is organized by Telfair Museums and curated by Harry DeLorme, Senior Curator of Education.

Lead sponsor: iam8bit. In-kind support has been provided by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., Funomena, Annapurna Interactive, the Elumenati, and Panic, Inc.

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Programming (Jepson Center)

Jan. 23, 6PM: PULSE opening night reception and conversation with Keita Takahashi, with 7pm video performance by the Medeology Collective. Members free / non-members $8.

Jan. 24, 11AM: Panel and Q&A for students, with Keita Takahashi and Dr. Clement Shimizu (grades 4 and up). Free to students by advance registration.

Jan. 24, 4:30PM: Game Development and workshop for youth. Free to students by advance registration. Register online here or email Rachel Stayer at stayerr@telfair.org

Jan. 24, 6PM Savannah Games Showcase Lightning Talks. Free admission.

Jan. 25, 11AM: Lightning Talks for students (grades 4 and up). Free to students by advance registration.

Jan. 25, 2PM: PULSE Curator’s Tour. Free to students by advance registration.

Jan. 25, 4:30PM: Game Development and Coding workshop for youth. Free to students by advance registration. Register online here or email Rachel Stayer at stayerr@telfair.org

Jan. 25, 6PM: Designing the Future screening and panel presented by W Projects and Vice Media. Free to the public.

Jan. 26, 10AM: STEAM youth workshop led by the Society of Women Engineers – LED bracelets. Free to students by advance registration.

Jan. 26, 10AM: Youth workshop – Make your own Zoetropes. Free to students by advance registration.

Jan. 26, 1–4PM: Chatham County Free Family Day with 3PM performance by That1Guy. Free to Chatham County residents.

Jan. 27, 3PM: PULSE Curator’s Tour. Free to students by advance registration.

Find more information HERE about the festival, programming, registration, and tickets. 

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