Fantasia Malware is a collective and label that makes fantastical, magical, corrupt, chaotic software. They develop and publish experimental video games and live performances. The members of Fantasia Malware are Chloê Langford, Jira Duguid and Gabriel Helfenstein. In 2022 they hosted four events in the series Fantasia Malware Presents - centered around using videogames in live performance. For each of the first three events, one member of Fantasia Malware presented a solo project and invited an artist from the growing community of people using videogame technology to make weird art. The final event featured a new game performance developed by all three members of Fantasia Malware together.
Fantasia Malware Presents is a tiny cross section of the fizzing underbelly of video games - a late capitalist medium wrenched free from the grasp of the marketing team to make boundless alien dream worlds.
Each event attracted an audience of around 150 people. Typically doors open at 7pm, performances start at 8pm and are followed by a relaxed DJ set, designed for a cosy post-event vibe that finishes up at around midnight. A small booklet with interviews, essays and images accompanied each event. In 2022 the series was funded by the Berlin Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Fantasia Malware is seeking venues to work with for a funding application for 2024.