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Space Invaders: 30th Anniversary Show Commemorates by blowing up World Trade Center

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This year Space Invaders is celebrating their 30th anniversary. And over at the Leipzig Games Convention, they're housing an exhibit called Space Invaders: The Anniversary Show to commemorate the event. But a bit surprisingly, one included interactive exhibit labeled "Invaders!" depicts the generally lovable but pesky aliens destroying the Twin Towers. (Because, uhh, how else would you celebrate a video game turning 30?) From the artist:

The World Trade Center attacks mark a deep cut in our recent history that is still being processed. The French-American artist Douglas Edric Stanley has found an unusual – though obvious – metaphor with his work “Invaders!”, which is based on the 1978 arcade original. In his interactive large installation, the players must prevent the catastrophe by controlling the well- known cannon at the lower screen border with their bodies and firing it using arm movements. Like the original, this trial is ultimately unsuccessful, thus creating an articulated and critical commentary about the current war strategy. In this regard, Douglas Edric Stanley sees Space Invaders as “a social tale that can be related to historical tales without losing its poetic power” (D.E. Stanley).

If by "poetic power" the artist meant "Mad Libs," then we're in total agreement.
It never ceases to amaze me how clueless some people can be when trying to make a point.

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And it never ceases to amaze me how often people miss the point just because a subject is sensitive.

I may not agree with the presentation, but I certainly respect their right to present it.
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This story broke yesterday and the artist also responded: http://kotaku.com/5039580/artist-exp...mes-convention
The Invaders! art exhibition that shows twin waves of Space Invaders taking down the Twin Towers was created by French-American artist Douglas Edric Stanely for the 30 year celebration of Space Invaders, the artist says on his site.

Stanely says that the exhibit is an update of one he created in September 2001. This time the exhibit is much larger, includes multiplayer support, improved tracking, high and low scores leader boards and a "stronger tie-in to the historical narrative that originally inspired me to make this version in the first place."

Stanely writes that Andreas Lange of the Computer Spiele Museum offered to include him in the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Space Invaders with his "somewhat ambiguous juxtaposition of this mythical game and the historical events of September 11th."

Hit the jump for the press release found on the artists site. We've contacted Taito for comment and they said they would be in touch with their European counter-parts and get back to us. I'll make sure to update.

Space Invaders is one of the biggest video game legends. When the game landed in arcades world-wide in 1978, it initiated a previously unknown boom. Shortly after the appearance of the blockbuster pictures “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters of the “Third Kind”, thanks to Space Invaders, millions of mostly young players could step in to save the world from the alien invaders with their joystick in hand.

Space Invaders became a legend and a global icon. It is a frequently quoted art motif and remains omnipresent in our daily life. It is still as fresh as ever. The exhibition “Space Invaders: Die Jubiläumsshow!” (Space Invaders: the Anniversary Show) would like to pay homage to this evergreen and create an experience from its historical and current facets.

In addition to a comprehensive documentation, an original Space Invaders machine naturally forms the centre of attraction. Everything is overshadowed by the interactive large installation “Invaders!” by the French-American artist Douglas Edric Stanley.

The World Trade Center attacks mark a deep cut in our recent history that is still being processed. The French-American artist Douglas Edric Stanley has found an unusual – though obvious – metaphor with his work “Invaders!”, which is based on the 1978 arcade original. In his interactive large installation, the players must prevent the catastrophe by controlling the well- known cannon at the lower screen border with their bodies and firing it using arm movements. Like the original, this trial is ultimately unsuccessful, thus creating an articulated and critical commentary about the current war strategy. In this regard, Douglas Edric Stanley sees Space Invaders as “a social tale that can be related to historical tales without losing its poetic power” (D.E. Stanley).
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Coming soon, "Dig Dug: The Quest for Osama Bin Laden".
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Like the original, this trial is ultimately unsuccessful, thus creating an articulated and critical commentary about the current war strategy. In this regard, Douglas Edric Stanley sees Space Invaders as “a social tale that can be related to historical tales without losing its poetic power” (D.E. Stanley).

Art is such a bunch of bs.
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Wow.
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Oh the horrors!
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Originally Posted by mrpayroll View Post
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It never ceases to amaze me how clueless some people can be when trying to make a point.

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Agreed. Who do they think they're fooling?
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I hope they make this available on Wiiware soon!
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Update:

Artists Pulls 9/11 Invader Exhibit from Games Convention
Artist Douglas Stanley has asked the organizers of the Leipzig Games Convention to "simply turn off" his art installation, which features a mash-up of the attack on the World Trade Center and Space Invaders, at the show.

On his website Stanley says simply that he's given the group permission to turn off the exhibit, and then hours later writes that a statement on his website can be considered his official reason for taking down the display. Stanley also mentions on his site that he has received death threats since his exhibit first appeared on Kotaku and then in national and international press.
This came the same day after Taito had released this statement:

Taito Considering Legal Action Againt 9/11 Invader Artist
"TAITO is seriously considering all available options--including legal actions against the infringer and, if necessary, the Games Convention exhibitor involved--in order to end this unauthorized and impermissible misuse of the Space Invaders content and to protect TAITO’s intellectual properties."

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