Assalamualaikum Babycastles

May 27 — August 31, 2014


Assalamualaikum Babycastles is an exploration of the "lived Muslim experience" through the embedded narratives of independent, contemporary video games. These stories capture the various threads of Muslim life throughout the world and deal with subjects such as survival, war, and classical Muslim art. Inside Babycastles Gallery, an immersive, physical installation houses the work, directly inspired by Islamic aesthetics and created by contemporary artists. In addition to independent game developers, Assalamualaikum Babycastles also features work from "modders" who appropriate existing, western based video games and visually fashion them into experiences that reflect their own.

Engare, by Mahdi Bahrami
Farsh, by Mahdi Bahrami
A Dark Room, by Amir Rajan
قلب , by Ramsey Nasser
بونج! , by Ramsey Nasser
Grand Theft Auto Indonesia, by Unknown
Special Force, by -----

Babycastles is a community committed to being a safe, respectful and positive environment -- supporting artists and guests by providing a space for free expression of all people.  Upon entry, all attendees agree to respect personal boundaries and take responsibility for their actions and experience.  

Babycastles will not tolerate language or behavior that is oppressive. We define oppressive behavior as: >> Any kind of uninvited physical contact, sexual or otherwise
>> Comments or other behaviors that are racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic, ableist, classist, ageist, or otherwise discriminatory
>> Deliberate intimidation
>> Harassing photography or recording
>> Sustained or willful disruption of events, programming, or services

A safe and respectful community is everyone's responsibility. We encourage you to make friends and look out for each other. If you see someone who might be in trouble or in need of assistance, don't hesitate to ask them if they need support or let Babycastles staff or volunteers know.

Individuals who have engaged in oppressive behaviors outside of Babycastles will be held accountable within it. Those with a history of being called out for sexual assault, abuse or other oppressive behaviors may not be permitted entry into the space.
Any member of the Babycastles staff/organization may ask you to leave at any time if your behavior makes others uncomfortable. Additionally, Babycastles is not above its own policies -- all members of Babycastles are expected to adhere to all of the above.

© Babycastles, 2017
photos from: Emi Spicer, Ben Grad, Krissy Rubbles, John Bruneau, Joe Perez, Stephen Clark, Lauren Gardner