Death Of The Arcade, installation photograph, 2009
“Death Of The Arcade” was a site-specific work in which I brought a classic videogame cabinet into a gallery space to excentuate the absence of the arcade itself, commenting on the disappearance of vibrant arcade scene of late 1970′s and 80′s. It was accompanied by a postcard that featured a list of arcades still open for business in the Southern California area. It was my hope that viewers would take the time to visit one or more of these arcades in person. Unfortunately, as the piece was made a few years ago, a number of these arcades are no longer in business.
……………..but alas ;;
This…hurts. Not in an offensive way, but in a fan way. They could have used ANY arcade cabinet from the 70’s and 80’s, but they had to choose a Tron one. It’s so symbolic really. The death of the arcade, portrayed through a Tron arcade cabinet. It sits there, alone, forgotten, but lit up and waiting for someone to put in a quarter. It’s almost like the fandom its self. Almost nobody knows of Tron, except for maybe ‘That one movie with Olivia Wilde in a spandex suit’. It takes the right sort of person to go up to the cabinet, to put a quarter in. To enjoy a, frankly dying, fandom.
I know I shouldn’t be crying, but here I am. Sad, and crying over a fandom that wants to live, but will undoubtedly die a slow death.