When the Oakland Museum of California contacted me I was surprised. The museum was planning a major exhibition, Super Awesome: Art and Giant Robot. This exhibit would be featuring art, toys, interactive games and more. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Giant Robot the groundbreaking alternative art and culture magazine.
The museum was looking for a working original Famicom for their exhibit. Luckily I had exactly what they needed. I had recently restored an original 1983 Famicom console. This console had newly installed power caps, voltage regulator, restored Mic and controllers. An absolute perfect Famicom for play & display.
|Hand-on gaming center|
In addition, the exhibition will feature Giant Robot magazines and ephemera, vinyl toys, custom vending machines.
Artists include: Ako Castuera, Sean Chao, David Choe, Luke Chueh, Hamburger Eyes, Andrew Hem, James Jean, kozyndan, Masakatsu Sashie, Shizu Saldamando, Rob Sato, Amy Sol, Deth P Sun, and Adrian Tomine
“Woven throughout the exhibition is a sense of how Giant Robot celebrates Asian and Asian American cultural identity with playful irreverence,” says Adams in her curatorial statement. “The voices of the artists highlighted in the show add their own perspective, further complicating the story and enriching the experience.”
|Famicom inside a Famicom Car Paradox|
SuperAwesome explores how these artists, their artwork, and the magazine’s community exposed wider audiences to the diversity and complexity of Asian, trans-Pacific cultures and identity, and helped to bring it into mainstream popular culture.
Overall I think this was the coolest exhibit during 2014! I was honored to be a part of this special event. Watch the videos below for more information.
Watch the Famicom Car!
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