RAINBOW ARCADE, AN EXHIBITION EXPLORING, CELEBRATING LGBTQ GAMER CULTURE
This is totally new to me. But then again, I don’t fall anywhere into the LGBTQ world. Plus, I’m also not an avid gamer! But the virtual world keeps creating new forms of communities that never existed before. And that is certainly true here. Or, rather, on display in an exhibition in Berlin, Germany. The Schwules Museum recently opened a totally new exhibition, the Rainbow Arcade. It’s dedicated to celebrate the continuing history of LGBTQ culture and its emerging stories in the video gaming world. Anyone who can go see it in person should go as soon as they can. Plus, Berlin is one amazing town. So go and enjoy!
SHOW CURATED BY THE ONLY SPECIALISTS WHO POSSIBLY COULD
The show was curated by quite the team. First to mention is Jan Schnorrenberg, the museum’s curator and PR coordinator. But the specialists were the German video game journalist Sarah Rudolph and one Dr. Adrienne Shaw. Dr. Shaw is a writer and also a professor who specializes in queer studies, sexuality and gender in gamer culture as well as LGBTQ game history. Dr. Shaw is also the founder of the group, the LGBTQ Game Archive. Clearly, the Rainbow Arcade exhibition would not be possible without Dr. Shaw’s involvement. This exhibit is close to the team’s hearts.
EVERY COLOR OF THE RAINBOW IS A SPECIALIZED, EXCITING EXHIBIT
But the show itself was designed by the German art director Nicolas Simoneau. He used the rainbow itself to frame the exhibition. Visitors are directed thru each exhibit using each color. Some of the color themes were blue, which focuses on discrimination and hatred directed at queer creators and storylines that are gender-inclusive. Bright yellow features Anna Anthropy’s Queers in Love at the End of the World and Dietrich Squinkifer’s Dominique Pamplemousse. Barbie-pink encompasses the section for Robert Yang, the NYU professor and the accomplished game developer who specializes in games about intimacy and gay culture. You get the idea. There are a lot of colors in the rainbow! We should take time to appreciate them all.
The exhibit runs until May of this year. Be sure to catch it if you can. Maybe grab some perfect beer, too.