Protopixel HARDcade. Coin-op machine installation

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VjVISUALOOP (Paolo Branca, Milan 1981, Italy) makes audiovisual performances, videos, artworks and interactive installations. His artworks feature images, sounds and self-made low resolution 8-bit animations.

Since 2005 he has participated in many events and contests highlights of which include Milano Film Festival, Playing The Game and LABoral. His artworks were presented in the exhibitions Playlist in Spain and Belgium, Neoludica at the Biennale of Venice, Atopic Machinima Film Festival in France, and Nam June Paik Summer Festival in South Korea.

Presently, he makes interactive visual installations by modifying old coin-op video games from the 80ies. He also continuously improves his performances.

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With Protopixel HARDcade, visitors can perform live visuals with a vintage coin-op Arcade machine.

The visuals are generated by the software and displayed through the monitor of the cabinet and two video projectors.
The moving images are characterized by low resolution, aliased images, a limited frame rate and a limited set of colors, as well as some loops and "old school" effects. Some graphic elements are abstract geometries and repeated patterns. The software also includes electronic 8-bit sounds related to the images displayed on the screens.