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It Is Art: Tatecraft Wants To Bring The Tate Into Minecraft

This is my most artistic screenshot of Minecraft. I call it: Big Orange Wall.

The Tate gallery in London is a vast space where art lives and breathes. It’s big enough to hold the sun, as well as thousands of works of modern and classic art. It is one of the best things about London, and it’s worth a visit. If you can’t make it, there’s a chance you could wander the halls virtually: the Tate is currently running a competition “to realise a digitally innovative project that will enhance people’s enjoyment of art,” and one of the shortlisted entrants hopes to build the gallery and its artwork within Minecraft.
It’s the artworks part that intrigues me. Artist Adam Clarke hopes to recreate the experience of visiting the Tate building, but also wants to bring the art to life: you’d be wandering the gallery, approach a significant piece of art, and the world would fall away to allow the player to enter the painting and walk around it.

I don’t think he’d manage to make everything in the gallery–though he excitedly proclaims in the video: “500 years of British art that you can walk in and experience.”–but wanting to whoosh into significant artworks is pretty much my default setting when I visit galleries. The voting for the prize fund ends tomorrow (Friday the 24th). It’ll be blocky, but I’d love for this to happen.

Thank ya, Polygon.

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