Journey to Lavender Town – Alistair Aitcheson (video)

A 27-hour long video made using a version of Pokémon Red for Game Boy which has been hacked by the artist.

As the player plays the game, data from their actions is written into random sections of the game’s code. The spread of unwanted data into a virtual ecosystem mimics environmental concerns such as climate change and the cross-pollination of GM crops. As the game becomes increasingly corrupted entropy takes its hold upon the world, which becomes slower, more repetitive and less comprehensible. Taking cues from Vanitas paintings and roadside memorials the video is presented as part of a real-world still life, itself decaying over the course of the exhibition.

Alistair Aitcheson is also the eggman behind The Scramble Eggman Show