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The Sims: Student Edition 

Wednesday, Jun 20 2007
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If you've spent like a minute downtown, you've probably seen a black Academy of Art bus carrying a load of sullen students and wondered, "Field trip?" Hardly. There's a staggering 27 locations in the academy's hive, and those 9,000 students have to shuttle between them somehow (those easels are just so unwieldy for city bus travel). Tonight's your chance, though, to penetrate the slick façade of the private art school and see what's doing at the opening reception of "The Sims: In the Hands of Artists." The show features student art based on the game, which is entirely appropriate, as living a simulation of real life seems to be the call for many who pay tuition (but of course this doesn't apply to these talented artists). The work dips into the genres of fashion, interactive media, physical computing, three-dimensional designs, and "machinima," which means using a game engine to produce animation. Now you can stop wondering if the academy is just a huge real estate business (they have suspiciously great locations, don't they?) or if there's some truly fine art coming out of there.

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