iam8bit is on for 2011

by: Sean Colleli -
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I remember seeing iam8bit samples waaaaay back at E3 2006 and being duly impressed. Now the show is ready for it's fifth go on August 11th in Los Angeles. This will be the biggest gallery yet, with 4,500 square feet of floor space and over 100 artists showing off their creations. This is the kind of retro tribute I like; not the exploitative, pre-packaged hipster pabulum at Hot Topic, but the feelings and memories of real gamers brought to life as works of art.

iam8bit is back!

Without further ruckus, we've got a very exciting announcement to make: The group art show that ravished the world of all its precious, videogame retro-ness four times in a row is returning for a fifth go at it. Since this is such a seminal number (five shows, that is), we've decided to upgrade the name a little bit:

SUPER iam8bit
Opening Night Extravaganza
August 11, 2011
7pm to 11pm

All-night ambiance by DJ R-Rated
With special performances by Leeni and A_Rival

We'll be hosting the event at the recently renovated iam8bit headquarters in glorious Echo Park:

- 2147 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 -

It's going to be bigger and bolder than ever before, as we have over 4,500 sq. ft. of event space (that's nearly 5 times the size of the original show in 2005)!

Over 100 artists will reimagine their 80's gaming fantasies, delusions and secret desires via all sorts of media - painting, sculpture, plush, and even some more interactive experimentation. Highlights include:

*A special tribute to Galaga's 30th anniversary featuring the world's largest "arcade cabinet"

* The transformation of the entire gallery into an 80's gaming wonderland by designer decal collective BLIK

*An interactive, "retro-fied" Kinect hack from Double Fine super-artist Drew Skillman

*And much, much more!
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