Angry Birds Is Now Hanging On A Wall As Art

Angry Birds Is Now Hanging On A Wall As Art

It’s not often you get to see a game guide, of sorts, written by an artist. But then, it’s not often a game is as simple as Angry Birds.

Artist Evan Roth has finished Rovio’s mobile game in a pretty unique way: he managed to record every swipe of his finger throughout the game’s levels, using tracing paper to mark his fingerprints as he dragged the birds through all 300 puzzles. The result is a work of art called Angry Birds All Levels.

He’s got them showing as 300 individual cards on a wall in a gallery in Dublin, but for a more compact view you should check out the animated clip above.

The gallery describes the piece as:

[Angry Birds All Levels] comments on the rise of casual gaming, identity and our relationship with mobile devices. Consisting of 300 sheets of tracing paper and black ink, it’s a visualisation of every finger swipe needed to complete the popular mobile game of the same name. The gestures exist on a sheet of paper that’s the same size as the iPhone on which it was originally created. Angry Birds is part of a larger series that Roth has been working on over the last year called Multi-Touch Paintings. These compositions are created by performing simple routine tasks on multi-touch handheld computing devices [ranging from unlocking the device to checking Twitter] with inked fingers. The series is a comment on computing and identity, but also creates an archive of this moment in history where we have started to manipulate pixels directly through gestures that we were unfamiliar with just over 5 years ago. In the end, the viewer is presented with a black and white representation of the gestures that have been prescribed to us in the form of user interaction design.

Angry Birds All Levels [Evan Roth, via TechCrunch]


  • Most of these look fucking identical… back 100+ years ago plus someone who had a collection of 300 thumb swipes on paper would have been institutionalised, not hailed as an artist.

    • Hmmmm, the last time I checked, it is not, in fact, 100+ years ago! The whole point of this piece is examining technology from a unique perspective, and the statement from the gallery acknowledges that this installation wouldn’t have made sense to anyone five years ago. That’s part of the point.
      I can’t imagine that anyone would want to hang one of these bits of tracing paper on their wall at home, but taken together as a series, it’s interesting as a way of looking at how humans interact with technology and design. It’s probably not going to be remembered 100 years from now, sure, but your comment to me seems to be missing the point of this sort of conceptual art entirely.

      • To stir your pot even further: Remember those old laggy pcs that seemed to freeze and your mouse cursor would leave a trail all over the screen? Was I creating art then? Wheres my exhibition?

        • Kandinsky WAS making amazing ink splotch art in 1912. He was interested in static visual representations of movement and sound. One could argue that his work is the basis of the modern interface ( ●▸ ■ etc). He WAS hailed as an artist and he WASN’T institutionalised. Some of his art was burned by narrow-minded critics…

          This art reverses that idea. For that alone I find it pretty interesting. I’m not saying that I want one on my wall. The sheer quantity is pretty amazing. You think it’s meaningless? How meaningless are our unrecorded swipes? Your pot stirring only betrays artistic illiteracy.

          Eko. You lazy thing! Make something of your laggy mouse idea and put your exhibition. Its a good idea! Its not like these things come magically without sacrifice!

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