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Presentation
Challenge Accepted!
11 July - 23 August 2015
Location: 
Showroom MAMA
With contributions by: 
The Animated Youngsters collective: Quniten Algra (1999), Teun Beens (1999), Nica Bol (1999), Mohammed Daoud (1998), Bart Hahn (1999), Melissa Klein (1996), Pien Poncin (2000), Iris de Smit (1999), Mohamed Tourich (1997).
Curated by: 
Marloes de Vries
MAMA proudly presents Challenge Accepted!, a project presentation by the Animated Youngsters. The Animated Youngsters are a Rookies Junior collective that originated from the talent development program of the same name. Led by MAMA, Challenge Accepted! is the result of a process in which this group of young people quickly developed into the new generation of gaming connoisseurs.
Challenge Accepted! presentation focuses on the behaviour and identity of the Animated Youngsters, both within gaming and on the internet. Individually and in pairs, the Animated Youngsters have incorporated their knowledge and experiences into research projects. Mohammed D. is committed to diversity in gaming, and he challenges the homogeneity of computer games by placing a facsimile of himself in different games. Pien has made a film about the equivalence of online and offline friendships. With his self-programmed and interactive website, Mohamed T. offers visitors the opportunity to experience how hacking works and the sense of power it brings.

The Animated Youngsters project began in early 2015. After two 'Try Outs' in January, ten ambitious and talented young people, aged between 14 and 18, were selected and invited to participate in an intensive 'leisure program', where they took part in a wealth of workshops, master classes, and excursions. The Animated Youngsters – or simply, the Youngsters – were challenged during this process to deepen their knowledge and expand their views on gaming. Making crossovers between art, science, and the internet, the broad-based nature of the programme brought them into contact with a diverse spectrum of the gaming world. For example, the Youngsters were given a glitch master class by the artist Rosa Menkman (1983) and worked as a testing panel on the opera-game PARSIFAL Playing Fields: Part II The Game. In this way, the collective quickly developed a critical approach to gaming culture.

Animated Youngsters is related to MAMA's 'Internet Aware' research strand, which examines how the internet affects our visual culture. Addressing gaming culture is nothing new for MAMA. Already in 1997, MAMA produced Game Over, an exhibition based on various video and arcade games, which offered the visitor a better understanding of the world of video gaming systems. Since 2013, MAMA has been exploring the influence of the internet on our visual culture under the research theme of 'Internet Aware', whereby presentations and works (both offline and online) with a strong focus on the internet, new media, and occasionally gaming have been developed.

The Animated Youngsters project was followed by filmmakers Marèl Jap-Sam (1989) and Esther Kool (1984), who are making a documentary series about the group's development. The series will form the basis of Animated Youngsters Extended, a multimedia curriculum for secondary schools, which launches in 2016.

Animated Youngsters is the youngest branch of MAMA's Rookies projects: talent development programmes for young people aged between 16 and 26. Among other things, the senior Rookies are heavily involved in and play a role in the development, recruitment, and coaching of the Animated Youngsters. The Animated Youngsters is the second Rookies Junior project and is aimed at 14 to 18 year olds. Rookies Junior focuses on youth as creators of art and visual culture. The act of making motivates young people to identify with and develop a lasting interest in art and culture. The first edition of Rookies Junior was the All Girls Street Art Collective (2012 – 2013), from which the still-active Onskruid collective emerged.
 
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