Want to peek through picoscopes at tiny artifacts of our daily detritus? Then join us this Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Human Achievement for The Association of Electron Dreamers, the first exhibition of JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s arcade of anything artist residency program.
Created by Charlie Elwonger and Jocelyn Reyes, the exhibition is a dreamy, interactive experience is delivered under the auspices of a public scientific endeavor by the Association of Electron Dreamers.
Elwonger and Reyes have previously collaborated on experimental, shortform games like Fantastic Arcade 2014 selection Lost in the Woods, Morning Coffee and Into. Apart, Elwonger is a practicing graphic designer, while Reyes is a sound designer for local Austin game studios including Finji and Taco Illuminati.
Say the artists:
The Association of Electron Dreamers is hosting its first public viewing of specimens. Observe preliminary findings of their research using the electronographic picoscope. View into tiny artifacts of our daily detritus.
Elwonger and Reyes’s work will be accompanied by projection art and music including Songs for Errant Micro Organisms #1 by Montreal’s mrghosty, as well as refreshments and the companionship of your fellow dreamer.
The exhibition will be held this Friday, May 20 at 7:00 PM, at Museum of Human Achievement, 3600 Lyons Rd, Austin, TX 78702. The event is free but donations are warmly accepted.
[Created in partnership with the Museum of Human Achievement, the arcade of anything artist residency encourages its participants to push into experimental and unexplored territory within digital arts. More information on our residency program can be found here.]
Love bizarre, colorful, playful games like Katamari Damacy, Hohokum and Donut County? Then you will definitely want to join us this Thursday, May 5th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents the work of Sokpop, one of our new favorite independent game collectives.
Collectively hailing from the Netherlands, and made up of members Tom van den Boogart, Aran Koning, Tijmen Tio & Rubna, the new supergroup has quickly established itself one of the most reliably creative forces working in games, alongside groups like KO_OP Mode, Arcane Kids and Klondike.
For our special “Introducing: Sokpop” show, we’ll be bringing along a wide selection of games from all of the members of the group, including Digital Bird Playground, Koning’s On The Hunt, rubna’s Noodle Ramen, and much more.
— Diamond Tio (@TijmenTio) April 18, 2016
Our selection of Sokpop games will be playable Thursday, May 5th, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
Elwonger, a UI designer and artist, and Reyes, a sound designer, are frequent collaborators. The pair have worked together on experimental, shortform games like Fantastic Arcade 2014 selection Lost in the Woods, Morning Coffee (pictured above), and the recently-released autobiographical work Into.
However, their creative production extends outside of their collaborative work as well, from Elwonger’s graphic design practice to Reyes’s sound work with Austin game studios Finji and Taco Illuminati.
The month-long arcade of anything artist residency, created in partnership with the Museum of Human Achievement, encourages participants to push into experimental and unexplored territory within digital arts.
The residency will conclude with a public exhibition of the work undertaken at JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s indie arcade space, the Museum of Human Amusement. You can read more about the newly-announced residency program here.
Please join us in congratulating Charlie Elwonger and Jocelyn Reyes, and stay tuned for details on their exhibition event in the second half of May 2016.
Charlie Taylor Elwonger is an interactive artist and UI designer in Austin, TX, who has done client design work with Frog and Razorfish, co-founded an independent videogame studio with a group of online collaborators making multiplayer games, and now releases interactives & other game-likes as Animal Phase. A cusp millennial born in 1986 making art to help you feel weird. Likely in or around a wifi hotspot near you. You can find out more about them at their personal site, loveme.computer.
Jocelyn Reyes is a sound designer based in Austin, TX. Most of her work can be seen in certain video games around town. These days, she mostly spends her time making a racket and putting into video games in the aforementioned town. Probably her most well known work is working with local game studios, Finji and Taco Illuminati. She hopes to one day go to space. littledesertsound.io
The 2016 edition of Fantastic Arcade will once again be taking place at Austin’s South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse & Highball lounge, from September 26th through the 29th, during the second week of the Fantastic Fest film festival.
Shortly after the July 13th deadline, the JUEGOS RANCHEROS board will begin the selection process to determine which games from among your submissions will be showcased during Fantastic Arcade. All of the games selected will be accessible to both festival attendees and the general public, for free, in a casual atmosphere of camaraderie and love for games.
If you’d like to submit a game, you can do so now by accessing this form before July 13th. We look forward to playing all of your submissions, and especially to seeing you all in September for this year’s Arcade!
Always wanted to become a tennis pro without the hassle of finding a partner to play against? Then join us this Thursday, April 7th, at 7:00PM at Austin’s North Door, as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents VRUnicorn’s virtual-reality solo-tennis simulator, #SelfieTennis.
It’s the Wii Sports/Mario Tennis virtual reality needed: a super colorful, super simple & super accessible sports game, where the catch is that you’re always playing against yourself.
Lob a ball across the net & you’re instantly transported to the opposite side of the court, where you can return your own serve and keep the ball in play as long as you can, or simply give in to your own frustration and find your own fun by pinging your ball against the heads of the court’s deliriously cheerful on-lookers.
Devolver will be providing some of the night’s best players with keys for the game (which is currently on sale on Steam!) so you can continue your quest for mastery back home. With some luck, we may even have a quick hello from one of the VRUnicorns themselves, and ample opportunities to tweet out a gif of yourself playing via the newly-added in-game selfie stick.
— Julie Heyde (@JulieHeyde) April 1, 2016
#SelfieTennis will be playable Thursday, April 7th, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play and meet the people changing the way we think about games!
Dust off your spurs and your Zapper, kids–we’re going back to the future with an all-new game for the NES! This Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 PM, mosey on over to the North Door to settle the score with an 8-bit trash-talkin’ cowboy as JUEGOS RANCHEROS presents SUPER RUSSIAN ROULETTE.
Andrew Reitano (NYC) is a hardware hacker, programmer, and game designer who blew us all away last year with his in-progress NES game, Super Russian Roulette. In it, up to three players play Russian Roulette against an on-screen cowboy using the NES Zapper light gun. (Remember Duck Hunt?) Thanks to backers of his ongoing Kickstarter campaign for the project, Super Russian Roulette is now being produced in a limited run of real NES cartridges!
To round out the evening with more retro goodness, JUEGOS RANCHEROS’s resident 8-bit gamemaker Rachel Weil will be showing off her most recent NES game: Electronic Sweet-N-Fun Fortune Teller. What’s your BFF really thinking? Who has a crush on you? Let this cute NES game take a shot at the answers!
And finally, JUEGOS RANCHEROS is pleased to announce the official launch party of its experimental arcade on Friday, March 4, in collaboration with the Museum of Human Acheivement. Reitano will join us with Super Russian Roulette and some of his original Sega Genesis projection art! RSVP for the party here!
Super Russian Roulette and Electronic Sweet-N-Fun Fortune Teller will be playable Thursday, March 3, at 7:00PM at North Door, 501 Brushy Street, Austin, TX 78702. The show is free, all ages, and open to all the public, so come join us as we drink, play, and meet the people changing the way we think about games!