Happy new years!!! I cannot believe its the start of 2022 and we are still in a pandemic… it clearly isn’t going away so might as well adapt.
In 2021 despite the many very real challenges life is presenting these days I applied and was accepted to the IGDA Foundation – Diverse Game Developers: Virtual Exchange. It was such a cool learning experience and introduced me to the team of people who I worked with in a production role to develop our first game, Teddy Gainz and The Horror of Insect Island. Teddy Gainz is a 2D platformer/runner free downloadable game for Windows (content warning: contains graphic depictions of scary bugs and muscle bound chickens.)
Through the Virtual Exchange I got the opportunity to meet a ton of people working in or interested in working in games, and attend Game Developers Conference Online. These experiences gave me a whole new appreciation for the work that goes into making a game!
After finishing our first version of Teddy Gainz and the Horror of Insect Island for the Itch.io game jam our team is working on an updated version to see the project meet our creative vision. That update is due early summer next year.
During October I was building props for The Jersey Devil (filmed) Play with Awesome Theater. I was so delighted to be invited to build props for this local weird production. The script touched on many important issues related to women’s reproductive health. Issues that are as close to my heart as my uterus. You can rent this filmed play online through vimeo. If you do, please let me know what your favorite props are! (content warning: this is a horror comedy, there is blood and discussion of adult topics and implied death and violence.)
Because I needed to cram one more happy thing into October The Naked Truth of Arts Gallery Opening at an.a.log Gallery happened after many months of online connection and work by the production team on that project! This was such a treat to be a part of.
Later in December 2021 the Manos Projects Gallery first in person event since before Covid 19 shook the world. A closing reception for One – a Group Show at Manos Gallery is scheduled for February 3rd 2022 6pm- 10 pm during the SF First Thursday Art Walk. Covid willing, Manos Projects is planning to participate in all the First Thursday Art Walks this year and if you are local to San Francisco I would love to see you there. For your long distance viewing pleasure I’ll be sharing what I can on Instagram.
Looking forward, my beloved Circus Center has grown a new Department of Performance and I am working on some funky film projects with my class there. I’m also cooking up some other prop designing opportunities. I cannot wait to show you what the clowns and actors are getting up to with our cameras and funny props.
Onwards and upwards!!!
Kenna M. Lindsay