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8 BIT is a hybrid documentary examining the influence of video games on contemporary culture.

A mélange of a rocumentary, art expose and a culture-critical investigation, 8 BIT ties together seemingly disconnected phenomena like the 80’s demo scene, chiptune music and contemporary artists using machinima and modified games.

Produced in NYC, LA, Paris and Tokyo, 8 BIT brings a global perspective on the new artistic approaches of the DIY generation which grew up playing Atari and Commodore 64.

Some of the artists featured in 8 BIT include Cory Arcangel, Bit Shifter, Bodenstandig 2000, Bubblyfish, Mary Flanagan, Alex Galloway, Glomag, Paul Johnson, John Klima, Johan Kotlinski, Nullsleep, Joe McKay, Tom Moody, Akiko Sakaizumi, Eddo Stern, TEAMTENDO, Treewave and Carlo Zanni.

With the help of media critic Ed Halter and new media curator and writer Christiane Paul, these very recent artistic strategies are put in the historical context of modernist and postmodernist discourse and examined as potential examples of a transition into fresh, uncharted territory.

8 BIT insists that in the 21st century Game-Boy rock, machinima and game theory belong together and share a common root: the digital heritage of Generation X.

Official Website: http://www.8bitmovie.com/

Added by falling on January 30, 2007



re: events w/o time - I can see the argument for having events w/o a time (TBD, trying to figure out when a good time is, etc) - if there's enough demand we can probably add that as a feature when we get enough time but we'd need to make sure that everything works and that it doesn't increase spam...

Looking forward to the doc, hope I'll be able to make it.


thanks, leonard and k7 both!


I was about to re-add this event myself and I ran into the same issue about TBA times. Added to the to-do list.


i really want to see this, BUT - i live in san francisco without a car, so i need to plan my way there - is this a one time showing today at a particular time, or ongoing? i also saw something about 8-bit musicians playing - is that here or somewhere else? is this still TBA for the time or not?
Edit :: Yup, verified today 8pm, as the middle film in the 3 part music series they are doing.

Jesse Zbikowski

AFAICT it is today only:

BTW, WTF about game theory having its roots in "the digital heritage of Generation X"? What a bizarre thing to insist.


Great movie! Marcin said that the DVD is coming out in 3 months or so... pending some copyright issues.