Legendary French artist Space Invader takes over Le Musée en Herbe in Paris for an exhibition entitled Hello, My Game Is… with over 100 new works on show.
Invader is the pseudonym of a French urban artist, whose work is modelled on the crude pixellation of 1970s–1980s 8-bit video games. He took his name from the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, and much of his work is composed of square ceramic tiles inspired by video game characters. Although he remains incognito, he has put his mosaic creations since the 1990s in strategic highly-visible locations in more than 65 cities throughout 33 countries. Each intervention is documented as an “Invasion” of a city, later published in books and maps featuring locations of each of his street mosaics.
This museum exhibition is the first exhibition of Invader in Paris since 2011. The title refers to the name stickers, popular in the graffiti scene, with a twist on the name emphasizing the playfulness of the work as Hello, My Game Is… seeks to engage with the inner children within us all.
Invader explains – ‘I have myself often drawn inspiration from the world of childhood. Besides, who other than an adult with a child’s soul could devote his life to invading the world with video game characters? Also, this exhibition is very close to my heart because children represent the future. Education and dialogue with children are the key to a good future for humanity and tomorrow’s world.’
Upon entering the museum, children and fans alike can collect stickers from the vending machines and swap any doubles.
In parallel Invader created an app Flash Invader many years ago, which involves a game of hunting down his street pieces across the world, with points and rankings. The level of engagement for his work has been deepened as the app counts 13,000 registered users to date. For all Flash Invader fans eager to top up their score, the most recent mosaic has been placed inside the museum.
The first room references both iconic video games such as Pac-Man and Q*bert and characters from children’s animation including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Miyazaki’s Ponyo that have inspired Invader’s work. People from all ages are invited to try and play the infamous arcade games.
A large-scale interactive map of the world is showing the 67 cities which have been invaded over the course of the last 20 years as well as lifesize ‘alias’ mosaics that have been installed across the world, from London CCTV flower to the one in the ISS station.
In parallel Invader also created pixellated artworks inspired by the 80’s Rubik’s Cubes game. The Rubik Cubism Room display artworks including Disney characters as well as Peter Pan. This particular work is made from 1,320 Rubik’s Cubes making it his largest such piece to date.
A magnet wall allows children, both young and old, to create and remake their own 8-bit inspired creations. The last room presents works on paper as well as a series of masks used during Invader’s streets interventions and a glimpse of the artist’s studio.
Hello My Game is … Invader at Musee en Herbe, Paris
The show is running until January 2018