This game has the worst prizes

This game has the worst prizes 

Luis Hernández-Galván 


This project is a machinima (video game-based video) showing the Bayan Obo mine site in Mongolia, highlighting its crucial role in the extraction of rare earths for the production of modern technology. Including mobile devices, electric car batteries and wind farm turbines.

The project makes evident the relationship between the virtualization of reality and the realization of virtuality. Our so-called IRL ("in real life") existences are affected by the decisions we make online and this realm, in turn, shapes our daily lives offline.

It delves into the processes of extraction and colonization in anthropocenic landscapes, highlighting how resource exploitation brings benefits for some and devastating consequences for others, all while reflecting on the aesthetic dissonance that arises from the contradiction between visual beauty and environmental destruction.