Our most anticipated part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s new Future Projections programme, the Into the Pixel exhibition, had its opening reception last night at the at the Ontario College of Art & Design’s Great Hall, where it will remain until the end of the festival.
The exhibition is worth seeing, and many of the large canvases are striking when observed in the flesh. And while, yes, an exhibition of paintings is an odd way for the Toronto International Film Festival to start including video games, it’s a much needed step, and the show is entirely worth it.
If there’s one (unusual) thing to say about it, though, it’s that it’s strange that a festival which people complain is expensive hasn’t tried to monetise the exhibition at all. We’re not saying charge to get in, but we’d have loved to have been able to purchase prints—particularly of Yuji Shinkawa’s “In the Garden of Eva” from Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.