There is no other phenomenon that compacts the development lines of our digital information society as much as Pong. The Pong
myth has already emancipated itself from its historical origins in the
game arcades. It has become influential in a larger context. The
exhibition uses Pong to paradigmatically question man’s
situation in society from various perspectives. Noticeably, this
approach is often followed by young artists. Pong is therefore
a common leitmotif in current artistic production. However, this labour
on the myth not only deconstructs but also continues and extends it.
For the first time, the exhibition attempts to systematically show all facets of the Pong
myth. It draws an arc from the beginning of the digital revolution in
the late 1960s via the contemporary artistic examination of this
process to modern high tech research that will once again drastically
alter our daily life and the communication within society.
The leitmotif of pong.mythos is the theme of transition. On the
one hand, this refers to the interlocking of and interdisciplinary
connections between the three areas of art, computer games, and
science. Many exhibits are rooted on the border of creativity, play
instinct and ingenious engineering. On the other hand, pong.mythos
tracks the transition from an analogue to a digital society (and, in
some cases, back from there).
The exhibition has set itself the task of deconstructing one of the
most popular myths of recent history. It aims at tracking back
development lines to their historical roots and therefore making
history transparent in a comprehensible way. At the same time, pong.mythos
will have the visitors dive into the cosmos of this primordial digital
game in a playful manner. As a result, everyone will be able to decide
if they want to get immersed or maintain a critical distance to what is
seen and happening.
pong.mythos attempts to be no less than the world’s first
comprehensive overview of all relevant manifestations of a major
founding myth of our digital society – a society which emerged after a
big bang which made Pong, among other noises, and which generated an echo that today seems to be louder and more multi-faceted than ever before.