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Rome Video Game Lab 2019


From Zak McKracken to House of Dust lecture part of the Rome Video Game Lab 2019 festival of the Istituto Luce in the Cinecittà Studios

Istituto Luce Cinecittà


Architecture, videogames, animation and virtual and augmented reality are narrative tools that are different from one another, but united by the ability to build realities that are likely or imaginary, to the point of confusing the boundaries between what is real and what is not. The panel will explore the way in which these different artistic fields create, alter and propose their realities.

  • Domiziana Suprani, Studio Evil producer
  • Owen Hopkins, senior curator of exhibitions, education at Sir John Soane’s Museum
  • Antonino Cardillo, architect
  • Ivan Cappiello, movie director, CGI artist, animator
  • Diego Grammatico, innovation, development policy consultant, moderator

From Zak McKracken to House of Dust

Let me tell you my story. Twelve years ago I started building a series of . I wanted to communicate my architecture. Thus, I produced seven houses in virtual reality, sending computer-generated images to the most influential architecture magazines on the planet. From 2007 to 2012, more than one hundred and fifty publications, from Australia to California, reproduced these works. For at least six years, many believed the existence of these houses, coming to define a phenomenon of simulated reality. […]

Antonino Cardillo at the Cinecittà theatre 11

Antonino Cardillo, Da Zak McKracken ad House of Dust, paper presented to the Rome Video Game Lab 2019, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Theatre 11, Rome, 2019. Photography: Danilo Balducci