WADA Atsushi is an artist who enjoys a high reputation in the world of animation for his characteristic style combining pleasant textural and rhythmical qualities. The work exhibited here is WADA’s first attempt at creating a video game.
The player presses a button to let a “chubby boy” do sit-ups, whereas he bumps into the side of a dog with each sit-up he makes. Through this simple interaction, the game directly conveys that “individual sense of pleasure” that WADA has been pursuing but doesn’t always get across with the animation format. On display here is the “exhibition version” of the work, which focuses on the action of “pressing a button” as a special mechanical part of this particular version.