11 Years of collaboration

Today is the anniversary of our collaboration. 11 Years ago, Auriea and I launched our first joint web site on the day when we met in person for the first time. Here’s a selection of one portrait, one project and one event per year.

Our DHTML love letters were presented on hell.com as a pay-per-view online exhibition, entitled Skinonskinonskin.

The SFMOMA Prize for Excellence in Online Art was presented to us by Bill Viola at the Webby Awards.

Our web work is featured in the bourgeois exhibition Belgisch Atelier Belge, among that of Belgian art superstars like Delvoye, Fabre and Tuymans.

Tale of Tales is born during a research project at the Jan van Eyck academy.

After their initial refusal, we convinced the Flemish Audiovisual Fund that they should support videogames, starting with our 8.

Unsuccessfully pitching 8 to commercial publishers at the Game Connection in Lyon marks the start of our career as independent developers.

At the Innovative Game Design symposium in Maastricht, we shelved our ambitions to become commercial game developers. Chris Crawford was there too.

We presented the Realtime Art Manifesto at the Mediaterra Festival in Athens.

We stopped resisting Web 2.0 and started the Tale of Tales blog .

Showing The Path demo at the Independent Games Festival to hundreds of colleagues and fans was an exhilarating experience.

We launched The Path at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with live music by Jarboe and Kris Force.

The Notgames initiative is an attempt to stimulate artists and designers to create interactive entertainment that is not games.

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17 thoughts on “11 Years of collaboration”

  1. This might turn out to be my favorite ToT blog post of all time. To see your work in a time line such as this one reminds me of how delightful it was, both personally and professionally, that you two have had the chance to meet and discover that you were meant for one another. Thanks for this and all the other great moments.

    Michaël… you shaved in 2004! 😉

  2. Awwww! That is so sweet. :) I hope that when I find my love, I can look as happy (and cute!) over the course of eleven years as the two of you look in your pictures. Best wishes to both of you, and thank you for all the entertainment!

  3. This post is simply beautiful.
    I found really interesting the entropy8zuper website and I liked very much the pictures of your first projects you posted in this page.
    Thank you and happy anniversary.

  4. Congratulations to you both! You’re truly what the gaming world needs and I wish you another happy and creative 11 years!

  5. Michaël: I think you look lovely. You and Auriea looking that good, I don’t know who could ever deny you funding.

    To think that an amazing independent career was almost jeopardized by one pretty picture 😉

  6. Here’s to many more years of brilliance from both of you. <3 I only wish I had found your projects sooner!

  7. Loved the story as if it was a short-film (i’ve filled the blanks in my mind 😉 ) and this maybe my favorite ToT post ’til now.

    Congratulations & keep the great wo…. nogames.
    p.s.: one of you has aged well. Just figure it out… :)

  8. Michaël , your beard became silver after 10 years of gamemaking)
    And Auriea didn’t changed. ) She is immortal)

  9. This post is really beautiful, on multiple levels. What a lovely, sweet story it is. Every photo is perfect.

    The 2004 caption made me laugh out loud. I still secretly have my fingers crossed for 8, but you two have done too many good things over the years to feel hung up on that.

    Hope the coming years keep shining on you.

    All the best.

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