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8 BIT explores how artists use technology to interrogate the world. A mix of rockumentary, art exposé, and culture-critical investigation, 8 BIT ties together seemingly disconnected phenomena, from the 1980s demo scene and chiptune music to contemporary artists using machinima and modified games. Produced in New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, and Tokyo, 8 BIT brings a global perspective to the artistic approaches of the DIY generation that grew up playing Atari and Commodore 64.
This film, directed by Marcin Ramocki and produced by Justin Strawhand, was selected by hang@MFAH, a group of motivated Houston teens who are interested in everything from video-game hacking to talking about art and how technology plays a role in contemporary art practice.