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Eddo Stern

Eddo Stern BIO - updated October 2006

Eddo Stern works on the disputed borderlands between fantasy and reality, exploring the uneasy and otherwise unconscious connections between physical existence and electronic simulation. His work explores new modes of narrative and documentary, experimental computer game design, fantasies of technology and history, and cross-cultural representation in computer games, film, and online media. He works in various media including computer software, hardware and game design, kinetic sculpture, performance, and film and video production. His short machinima films include "Sheik Attack", "Vietnam Romance", "Landlord Vigilante" and "Deathstar". He is the founder of the now retired cooperative C-level where he co-produced the physical computer gaming projects "Waco Resurrection", "Tekken Torture Tournament", "Cockfight Arena", and the internet meme conference "C-level Memefest" He is currently developing the new sensory deprivation game "Darkgame".


Eddo Stern, Fort Paladin: America's Army, 2003. 6' x 6' x 5'

QuickTime movie of Fort Paladin

Fort Paladin is a medieval computer castle automaton trained to kill and master the American army 's recruitment training game "America's Army" using elecro-mechanics and a custom written expert system.

GodsEye is borrowed from the computer gaming term God's eye perspective which positions the player as a God/General/Wizard floating above the world - awarded total control over cities, armies and minions. GodsEye cosists of several computer sculptures that make up a techno-/neo-medieval landscape built around the functional hardware elements of a computer desktop environment: keyboard, mouse, monitor, tower, etc. Formally, it draws from the subcultures of custom computer case modifications, hardware hacking, computer game modification and sampling.


Eddo Stern, VIETNAM ROMANCE, 2003, Digital Video, TRT 00:22:45

Vietnam Romance is compiled from the sources available exclusively on the computer desktop environment - games, graphics and music. A remix of the Vietnam war experience with a MIDI soundtrack and computer game clips, Vietnam Romance is a tour of nostalgia for romantics and deathmatch veterans. ...Feel the Nam, Feel the elephant grass, Feel the red clay, Feel the cong, Feel the rain, Feel the Nam

The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Frac Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Wales
FACT, Liverpool, UK
Villette Numerique, Paris, France
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George, Canada
Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Image Foroum Festival, Tokyo , Japan
Festival Nemo, Forum des Images, Paris, France
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
G-module gallery, Paris, France
Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (MARCO), Vigo, Spain
Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, NY
Postmasters Gallery, NY, NY