[SIGCIS-Members] B3 Biennale - Panel on computer game history of the Eastern Bloc

Martin Schmitt schmitt at zzf-potsdam.de
Wed Oct 14 09:24:45 PDT 2020


Dear SIGCIS,

this years B3 Biennale of the Moving Image in Frankfurt, Germany, has a great panel on computer game history of the Eastern Bloc. You can watch the interviews live on http://www.live.b3biennale.com or http://vimeo.com/showcase/b3live tomorrow and Friday at 1pm (CEST). The videos will be uploaded on Vimeo afterwards. On Friday, 16th of October, I will also give an interview there on the bigger picture of digitalization in Eastern Bloc Countries, especially in the GDR.

Here’s a summary of the panel: 

"30 years after the German reunification, a talk series looks back at how games were played behind the Iron Curtain in the Eastern Bloc in the 1980s and how games were developed there. We interview Volker Strübing, who is reappraising his youth with a documentary film about the home computer scene in the GDR; Jaroslav Švelch, whose book “Gaming the Iron Curtain” reports on the 1980s in Czechoslovakia; Szilárd Matusik, who makes a film about the secretive development of computer games in communist Hungary for the international market; and technology journalist Andrada Fiscutean about home computers and games in Romania. At the end of the talk, Martin Schmitt, who as a scientist has been researching computerization in West-Germany and the GDR for years, summarizes the differences between West and East once again.“

Here’s a link to those Interviews that already took place:

B3 Biennale 2020 Live // Games: Gaming the Iron Curtain. Conversation with Jaroslav Svelch
https://vimeo.com/showcase/7657368?video=467508345

B3 Biennale 2020 Live. Games: Homecomputer in the GDR. Conversation with Volker Strübing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSJDK_vwI7M

Enjoy some retro computing!

Best,
Martin

Associated Post-Doc | digital enthusiast

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Zuletzt erschienen: Leslie, Christopher und Martin Schmitt (eds.): Histories of Computing in Eastern Europe, Cham: Springer International Publishing 2019 (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology 549), https://www.springer.com/978-3-030-29159-4

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