Total Refusal

founded in, place
Role at the ZKM
in the collection

The vast majority of contemporary video games is characterized by combative gameplay. This seems especially remarkable now that video games have long arrived in the entertainment mainstream and have managed to drop the boy’s room stigmata. With gaming becoming both commercially and culturally more and more relevant, the question arises how artists can modify and make use of this media for their own purposes. Total Refusal aims to peacefully appropriate the existing mechanics of digital gaming media in order to find new use for their virtual combat zones. As such, Total Refusal is a pacifistic statement, realized in digital space.