Survivor, 2017, video game installation
Finnish artist Reija Meriläinen creates videos, games, images and installations that tend to get under one’s skin. The video game Survivor takes place in the typical, sleek and modernist architecture of a theater or museum. Similar to the television program Survivor, you play with a group of people for immunity and you have to vote out someone per game level. Unlike the TV program, Meriläinen’s game is about smartly using an AI that predicts the effects of your actions on your environment. In a subtle way, she shows how this can lead to new forms of inclusion and exclusion in real life.