2019-2020 Installations, Exhibitions, and Performances listed below.
“Strip! The Original Strip Mall Shopping Video Game” is an interactive installation video game that the viewer plays using a motion sensor (Leap Motion) that responds to “credit card swiping” motions of the hand to collect and purchase items like food, toys, cosmetics, clothing, tickets, gas, and more. The scene in the background traverses moving aerial landscapes the artist “curated” from Google Satellite images of strip malls in the Midwest. The game’s objective is to accumulate an expensive shopping receipt as the user / viewer is rewarded for combinations (Date Night! or Taco Tuesday!) based on items purchased in sequence.
Contag worked with Creative Developer, Nathan Glynn as well as Artist and Audio Engineer Ryan Black to create this work. It has been exhibited at The Wilmette Theatre for the interactive Black’s Backbone performances, The North Park University Brandel Library, the Wilmette Chamber of Commerce, and at The Palatine Library.
The music that accompanies the game is a 9-minute audio track the user hears through headphones of the artist NAE featured in a video game remix (by Ryan Black) of her original pop song, “Strip!”. The song satirically lists various stores at the strip mall with the chorus, “I can come and go and you don’t mind / I know you’ll be there for me every time.”