Who decides society’s definition of culture and how do we evaluate the various forms of cultural expression? Over the last few decades, video games have consolidated their position as pastime, interest and career among a large swathe of the population. More than 500 million people play video games every day. Simultaneously, few mainstream newspapers report on individual games or on gaming culture in the same manner that they report on other genres such as music, literature, television and film. This affects how we as a society talk and think about games and those who enjoy them.

The European Foundation Centre is excited to introduce the public to the thought-provoking work of the Fritt Ord Foundation. The exhibition, named ‘Digital Lives’, will be held at Philanthropy House from the 8th of February until the end of March and it promises to be an incredibly unique opportunity for all attendees. ‘Digital Lives’ was a project that consisted of debate meetings and an essay contest in Norway. Ten essays about the importance of video games and their connection with society were then selected and later, published.

The exhibition at Philanthropy House invites the public to discuss the topic of video games and society through presenting ten illustrations that are graphic representations of the essays. The essays, and thus illustrations, touch on language barriers, addiction, gender equality and the connection between violent video games and the 2011 Utøya massacre. 

For more information about the Digital Lives exhibition and its origins at Fritt Ord, please visit the Philanthropy House website

About Fritt Ord

The Fritt Ord Foundation was established in 1974 by Narvesens Kioskkompani, a family owned company, to secure an independent distribution of the printed word. The paramount objective of the Fritt Ord Foundation is to protect and promote freedom of expression and the environment for the freedom of expression in Norway. In addition, they support various other aspects of Norwegian Culture, primarily those dealing with free speech and the promotion of freedom of expression in other countries.