2007 Jenova Chen Born: Shanghai, China 1982 Kellee Santiago Born: Caracas, Venezuela 1979 video game for SONY PS3, color, sound Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of thatgamecompany © 2008 Sony Computer Entertainment American LLC. Flower is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. Developed by thatgamecompany. 2013.70 Not currently on view
The videogame Flower places participants in the role of the wind as they traverse a vast landscape and touch their surroundings. Choice and physical motion in play affect both color and sound as the environment responds in kind. Creators Jenova Chen and Kellee Santiago render an unexplored land for the player to feel and transform. Flower was conceived as an “interactive poem” in response to tensions between urban and rural space, encouraging participants to weave aural, visual, and tactile sensations into an emotional arc, rather than a narrative one.
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