MIF’s first ever game commission comes courtesy of one of the most innovative and individual video game designers working today. Based in Portland, Oregon, Nina Freeman has won huge renown for autobiographical video games such as Cibele, which draw strongly on her own life and experiences – and her new game for MIF17 is every bit as frank and intensely personal.
Lost Memories Dot Net harks back to the early 2000s, when Freeman was a young girl discovering the twin joys of online chat and creating websites. You’ll play a role based on the young Freeman, building both relationships and websites online while following a narrative that grows more intimate as the game goes on. Available to download from mif.co.uk/lostmemories during the Festival, Lost Memories Dot Net is a special work from a very singular talent.
We’ll be bringing Nina Freeman’s lost memories out of the ether and into central Manchester during MIF17 with our special Lost Memories Dot Net installation. Created by local designer Mariel Osborn, it’s inspired by the game – and even features a computer on which you can play it. You can visit the installation at Neo (Charlotte Street, M1 4ET) from 10am to 6pm every day from Saturday 1 July to Friday 14 July.
With thanks to Bruntwood
Nina Freeman is in conversation with Laura Kate Dale at 10.30am Saturday July 8 at The Stoller Hall. Tickets are £5 via Interdependence or call 0843 208 1840.
MIF Digital Skills // Nina Freeman introduces Lost Memories Dot Net
July 7 // Friday // 6:30 – 9:30pm // Location: MadLab // Age 18+
Manchester International Festival and Madlab host an evening with video games designer Nina Freeman where you can hear more about her work and the making of Lost Memories Dot Net. During the evening you will get to hear from Nina and other gaming and technology practitioners. We will then further explore the commission and some of the surrounding themes in a Q and A session with Nina and guests. There will also be an opportunity to try out Lost Memories Dot Net and network with other local enthusiasts throughout the evening. Find out more and reserve your place here.
Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival.
Photo: Nina Freeman’s home, Portland, Oregon, USA, January 2017
© Donald Christie