The “Bang the Machine” exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) from January 17 through April 4, 2004, brings a whole new dimension to digital gaming. For example, those brave enough to play “Painstation” have their hands shocked, whipped, and burned for making mistakes in a game of Pong. As Spark tours the exhibit, artists discuss gender in the world of interactive technology and the connection between visual artistry in digital games.

Incorporated in 1986, YBCA was built by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to help transform a once dilapidated area of the city into an urban cultural center. The YBCA presents contemporary work by visual and performance artists from the Bay Area and around the world.

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