Arcade Assembly - slide show is a record of the gigantic interactive maze of games created by 100 young people from around Sydney, working with Shopfront.
Most photos here are from a free show with young people from Athelstane Primary, Arncliffe. Shopfront worked with Athelstane earlier in the year and all our community partners booked in to explore the maze. You might recognise yourself here!
Young people from Beverly Hills Intensive English Centre, Fairfield Intensive English Centre, St George Community Mental Health Service and Lomandra School created over 100 digital and hand built art objects for spinning, shooting and taking a chance... Audiences could play all games from a giant Snakes and Ladders floor piece, to trick mini mazes, to the high level interactive StarGrabber to an Exquisite Corpse of mysterious strangers. This surreal creative maze was inhabited by a cast of characters to guide you, dance with you and send you into outer space.
The game is simple.
Make an avatar of someone you would like to meet using a cork and some art stuff, then enrol your mini avatar in the game. Choose an avatar score-card as your player and then enter the maze. Play as many games as you can to accumulate points. Dance with a stranger, swap stories, go for broke and use your instincts. Exit the maze with a score as Maze Master, Path Finder or Lost in Space. Emerge with a smile intact and with a chance to win a handmade Avatar, with a bespoke message for you. Leave with a mini-friend.
20-26 August 2012
Shopfront Youth Arts
Event Direction: Caitlin Newton-Broad
Outreach Direction and Video: Sarah Emery
Music: Matt Massaria with MeeM
Documentation photos by Sarah Emery and James Brown