Konzept + Trailer
RACER is a de-simulation of a computer game in the style of the classic WipeOut: A player sits in an arcade cockpit, while their control information is transmitted to a remote-controlled model car that moves along a separate racetrack. An on-board camera transmits the car’s movements back to the cockpit. On the screen the installation functions as a computer game, while simultaneously existing as an object that one can move through out in the space. Reality and virtuality thus become experienceable as constructs open to manipulation.
Now, a German art collective has rendered that thrill tactile, using defiantly analog components: cardboard, glue and vintage-video-arcade kitsch.
Slot car racing is history – today belongs to computer simulation! And in between we find some freaks from Krefeld who bring together the old/analogue with the new/digital in a virtuoso manner, fulfilling their childhood fantasies a little in the process. Old arcade driving simulators from the 70s are coupled with toy cars equipped with lights and cameras. All the driving is done on screen – but there are real cars racing around the DIY toy racetrack – cars that have to be set back in the right lane again by hand when they fly off the track!