Whatever it lacks in architectural or financial accuracy—visitors attending Marina Abramovic‘s performance “The Artist Is Present” at MoMA last year didn’t have to walk down a hallway lined with Van Gogh and Koons works, nor did they have to pay $25 for admission, which was $20 at the time—the new 8-bit version of the performance created by Copenhagen-based game designer Pippin Barr makes up for in real-time experiential immersion.
After entering the Modern (provided your avatar hasn’t turned up on a Tuesday, when it’s closed) and paying admission, players walk down a hallway until reaching a line that grows steadily as soon as the game begins. After joining the queue you wait, and wait, and wait. Maybe you shove the person in front of you a few too many times, which’ll get you thrown out and by the time you’re back in line the queue is much, much longer. You cannot win, nor do you ever get to sit with Marina, though you do get to exercise Marina-like patience in the process. Play “The Artist Is Present” here.