The Notgames Fest was initiated in 2011 by Tale of Tales and the Cologne Game Lab. The biannual event features a series of selected experimental games in an exhibition that is free of charge to the general public. In 2013 the expo-playground was established to provide an additional space where game designers can show their advanced prototypes to a broader public. In a collaboration with KISD, our job was it to come up with an exhibition design that supports and enhances the atmosphere and makes playing the games as appealing as possible.
This is an exploration of what’s moving and enchanting and fascinating in software applications, videogames and procedural arts, beyond the amusement offered by obeying rules and receiving rewards.
The Notgames Manifesto:
Notgames is not a category.
Notgames do not exist. There are no notgames.
Notgames is not an art movement.
Notgames is not a genre.
Notgames is a project.
Notgames is a challenge.
Notgames is a question.
“If games form the top of an iceberg, notgames provide the remainder. Videogames are an incredibly versatile creative medium. Beyond the confines of competitive play, a wealth of experiences awaits us. From deep psychological probing to whimsical lighthearted joy, this year´s Notgames Fest intends to illustrate the breadth of human existence captured in interactive art. No more hiding behind the young age of the medium or despairing about humanity’s addiction to empty fun. It is time to wield this formidable tool for the pursuit of beauty in its myriad forms.”
— Michael Samyn, Tale of Tales