For the performance Farming + LVLUP! Hoefle reinterprets the process of videogame farming in a physical, public space. She “farms” paper gems through the repetitive process of cutting, folding, and gluing small gem sculptures that will then be given away to passersby for free. With each gem Hoefle gives away, an 8-bit sound effect will play through an amp, indicating that that she or a passerby has “LVLed UP.” Through the free distribution of these handcrafted gems to others, one can earn +1 spirit, +1 stamina, +1 intelligence, and +1 strength as a player.
Krista Hoefle is an artist and gamer from the Midwest. She exhibits her work nationally, and is represented by Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago. Her work reinterprets videogame-based interactions and objects into physical spaces in order to reveal underlying or hidden aspects of game structure that are otherwise not apparent.kristahoefle.com