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October 4, 2017 until May 13, 2018

Delve into the history of electronics.

THEMUSEUM is partnering with the Personal Computer Museum to present INTERPLAY, a nostalgic exhibition that explores the history of electronic entertainment through personal computers and video game consoles of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

This exhibition, which will feature functioning vintage electronics dating back to 1976, will provide visitors both young and old with an immersive experience that encourages interaction.

INTERPLAY will also act as a precursor to Digital Dynamics 2018, a New Media Festival that is being developed by THEMUSEUM for the Waterloo Region. Digital Dynamics 2018 will officially launch on January 25, 2018 with the opening of the festival’s anchor exhibition, INTERACTION. INTERACTION, which will feature a number of unique installation pieces combining technology with art, will be on display at THEMUSEUM and throughout the Waterloo Region until May 13, 2018. A handful of satellite events will also be developed as a part of Digital Dynamics 2018. One of these satellite exhibitions is INTERPLAY: Thinking Through Games, which is being developed in partnership with Montreal’s Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) and the Games Institute at the University of Waterloo.

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Also as part of Digital Dynamics 2018, The Games Institute and Technoculture, Art, and Games (TAG) are collaborating on an exhibition called INTERPLAY: Thinking Through Games that explores the spaces and places of games in research institutions. This unique collaboration will display a wide variety of ways that academic researchers are engaging with and studying games, through play and analysis as well as through game creation. Engaging and hands-on, the exhibition will serve as a space for visitors of all ages to learn about how games are made and studied.

“Video games and computers are one of the most prevalent forms of entertainment we have. Stepping back into the past to enjoy and remember the origins of gaming and early technology is both educational for the youth of today and nostalgic for those that have lived through it. We are excited to bring this brand new interactive entertainment exhibit to Kitchener as there is no better way to pave the way to the future by taking a good look at the past.”

Syd Bolton

Curator and Founder

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