My Game Is

Invader’s Hello my Game Is print series spans a ten-year production period, 2007-2017. Initially self-published in partnership with Pictures On Walls (POW), the works were later produced with the Musée en Herbe, Paris; the latter’s mission to engage children in art shines through in this fun and simple series.

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Meaning & Analysis

Invader’s Hello my Game Is perfectly captures the artist’s 8-bit visual language and his engagement with retro, often childish imagery.

This series of prints, whose production spanned from 2007 to 2017, and whose name is a pun playing on the 'Hello My Name is…' tags, encompasses a variety of different subjects, all sharing in their quotation of the 8-bit visual register of arcade games and in the pixelated texture that has become Invader’s signature.

Some of the prints pertaining to the collection were self-published by Invader in collaboration with London publisher and printer POW (Pictures on Walls), a company dedicated to producing and printing Street Art in the form of original print editions. Working with POW, Invader used a special relief printing technology, which allowed him to bring out the image’s mosaic-like structure along with each pixel separately.

The more recent prints, especially the ones produced in 2017, were instead published in conjunction with Invader’s solo eponymous exhibition at the Musée en Herbe in Paris, Hello My Game Is …, which opened in January 2017 and ran for six months in the Parisian gallery.

The show, and concomitantly the prints, were envisioned by Invader as a means of engaging children into his universe, per the aims of the Musée en Herbe in Paris, whose self-declared mission lies in organising exhibitions imagined as shared familial activities capable of involving children and their families.

10 Facts About Invader's Hello My Game Is

Repetition Variation Evolution by Invader

Repetition Variation Evolution © Invader 2017

1. The prints formed the basis for Invader's 2017 solo show at Le Musée en Herbe.

Designed as a journey through video game history and Invader's long career, Hello My Game Is... was an homage to Invader's greatest source of inspiration. From room to room, the exhibition in Paris chartered Invader's global campaign to fill cities with his pixelated Space Invader inspired characters.

Hello My Game Is (blue) by Invader

Hello My Game Is (blue) © Invader 2009

2. The series reimagines traditional name tags.

The name tag works in this collection are a tongue-in-cheek comment on the artist's anonymous identity. Invader's entire oeuvre and public persona is based on the Space Invaders video game, hence the pixelated character which replaces a name in these tags.

Explosion by Invader

Explosion © Invader 2015

3. Invader's style mimics 8-bit video games.

Inspired by video games of the 1970s and 80s, Invader's pixelated works imitate the vintage style of 8-bit video games like Space Invaders and Pac Man.

Aladdin Sane (orange) by Invader

Aladdin Sane (orange) © Invader 2014