“in 1997 I had a show coming at a Swiss gallery. I had no idea what to exhibit but a Swiss guy staying in my house as a guest, told me he was about to buy a PlayStation. "It's a machine we use to play computer games on the TV" he explained. I looked at him.. "He is an old guy" I thought "at least 50.. He is playing videogames?" So I went and bought a PlayStation myself. I bought a copy of Lara Croft too. Back home, I hooked the PlayStation to my computer-I never owned a TV- and then.. I met Lara Croft's butler. He is serving tea while they introduce Lara Croft and he is a REALLY old guy. You can bounce on him and he quite loses his balance, he quite drops his teacups on the floor. I stopped playing-that's not a game I thought, there's art here. I start going around the butler and begun taking pictures of him, screenshoots. Then I went back to the game. Very macho game I decide, I am Lara Croft and I am also driving her, making her do whatever I want. I can look at her or look the world through her eyes. I can also look at her dying. Kill her... Now I was in a cave. Bold arrows coming from both sides of the cave were hitting Lara. I could easily move us out of there but I decide to rather not. I turn on my computer screen recording software instead and start making a movie of Lara- and myself in her- receiving hits, slowly dying, finally falling dead on the snow. I played that level again and again and I record it a dozen times and then I shouted down the PlayStation and I start planing my Geneva show. There would be photographs and videos filmed inside videogames on it I had decide. It was only a few year later that I learned from a professor in UCLA that with this exhibition I had introduced to Visual Arts a whole new field, the art of MACHINIMA.
»There's something peculiar about taking pictures of people sleeping, especially if they are architects or writers, people that are dreaming the details of how the world should look like in the future. «
“On SuperMario for Nintendo 64, SuperMario falls asleep if you stop playing with him. Just 10 minutes after I start playing that game, I felt a bit guilty that I wasn't PAINTING instead of PLAYING. So I dropped my joystick and I start adding as few brushstrokes on "Andreas Sleeping". At some point I heard someone snoring. I turned around and saw SuperMario sleeping also. It was an eery feeling.. I wanted to go to sleep too but I start recording the videogame instead. Looking at a videogame character sleeping because nobody moves him around felt as the highest level of self-awareness anyone could reach in 1997. Those days Jean Baudrillard was still alive but he didn't noticed. Michel Houellebecq was busy writing his Elementary Particles and didn't noticed either.