Bonus Levels is a series of utopian video game worlds. The project collages together fragments of London into a continuously evolving virtual city. Here, the boundaries between private and public zones disappear, creating an environment of open access and free exploration.
Chapter 1 celebrates the independent spirit of the galleries and artist-run spaces of Art Licks Weekend festival by bringing them together in a collective tower.
DIY movements come from the combined efforts of people who take initiative. Unable to afford commercial real estate rates in London, this phenomenon results in emerging galleries and art collectives occupying the fringes of the city.
Bonus Levels is an ideal tower where these places are brought together in a single place. Each floor in the tower is dedicated to a gallery participating in the festival, and the structure and curatorial concept of their physical space is reflected in its virtual double.
From white cubes to dark performance spaces and psychogeographic maps, the game invites each player to explore an alternate reality. In this zone, light is saturated, sound is heightened and time and space collapse. As players explore, the tower becomes a mashup of perspectives for the digital flaneur.
Bonus Levels launched on 3rd October in an immersive gaming zone at the White Building in Hackney Wick.