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Eddo Stern's exhibition in DCA Galleries. Two large projectors show a painted image of clouds and mountains. An illuminated sculpture of a deck of cards is in front of the projector.

Eddo Stern

Small Wars

16 July - 04 September 2016

In summer 2016 we were delighted to present Small Wars and CD-ROMS, two exhibitions in partnership with Abertay University exploring the cultural impact of computer games, programmed and curated in partnership with Dr William Huber, Head of the Centre for Excellence in Game Education. The exhibitions coincided with Abertay’s hosting of the first joint International Conference of DiGRA and FDG 2016, from Mon 1 to Sun 6 August.

Eddo Stern’s work explores the uneasy and otherwise unconscious connections between physical existence and electronic simulation.

A close-up of Eddo Stern's game shows a man's side profile against a plank of wood. There are bare branches behind this, and the background is black. In the right corner a user interface says 'Lives' and shows the player has 1 life left.

Eddo Stern works with various media, including computer software & hardware, game design, live performance, digital video and kinetic sculpture. Through his work, Stern advocates independent game development and the inherent potential of game design as a medium for artistic expression and cultural impact.

For Small Wars, Stern presents a monumental installation of his celebrated Vietnam Romance. This work recreates and interrogates the fictionalised history of the Vietnam War and its culturally commodified remains through a mash-up of cultural artefacts drawn primarily from Hollywood film culture as well as war literature, comic books, popular music, collectable war memorabilia, and adventure tourism packages. Stern spent several weeks in Angus in 2016 to prepare for the exhibition, initially participating in the Hospitalfield Arts residency programme in Arbroath.

Born in 1972 and based in Los Angeles, Stern studied Electronic Media and Art at the University of California at Santa Cruz and an MFA at the California Institute for the Arts. Solo exhibitions of his work include Postmasters Gallery, New York; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; FACT, Liverpool and The Kitchen, New York. He has participated in festivals and group exhibitions worldwide.

Eddo Stern & Theresa Duncan: Artists' Video

Exhibition images

Eddo Stern's exhibition in DCA Galleries. Two large projectors show a painted image of clouds and mountains. An illuminated sculpture of a deck of cards is in front of the projector.
Eddo Stern's exhibition in DCA Galleries. Two projectors show a mixed-media image of cars driving on the road, with a grey rainy background and trees. An illuminated sculpture of a deck of cards is in front of the projector.
Eddo Stern's exhibition in DCA Galleries. Two large projectors show a mixed media image of a tank driving on a dirt track. The sky is made up of yellow, orange and green diamonds, and there are floating letters in the sky. An illuminated sculpture of a deck of cards is in front of the projector.
A close-up of Eddo Stern's game shows a man's side profile against a plank of wood. There are bare branches behind this, and the background is black. In the right corner a user interface says 'Lives' and shows the player has 1 life left.
From Eddo Stern's exhibition in DCA Galleries. A large blue circle sculpture with over-sized British coins on top of it.
From Eddo Stern's exhibition in DCA Galleries. A sculpture of a cassette tape, which says 'Best of Nam' on it.