- Desert Bus at 356 Mission
- Select Reviews“'We'—just a small crowd careening in a pixelated bus down the sixteen-bit blacktop, passengers on Desert Bus, which is by most assessments (and by design) the world’s most boring video game. Just us, artist Oliver Payne, the crew at art space 356 S. Mission Rd., and a Saturday to burn. No curves, no traffic, no scenery. No stopping. We felt like die-hards." – Travis Diehl for Artforum.com, May 2014
Saturday, May 10
11 AM – 8 PM
Desert Bus is a 1995 game for the Sega CD system. The objective of the game is to drive from Tucson to Las Vegas in real time, at a maximum speed of 45 MPH. In conjunction with his exhibition at 356 S. Mission Road, Oliver Payne will host an all-day event with the hopes of making the entire drive. It’ll take eight hours. Dave the Chef will be preparing travel-appropriate refreshments throughout the day. We hope that you’ll join us for the whole journey, but we welcome short-term passengers as well. Or just show up at the end of the day for the arrival toast, around 6:30 PM?
We depart at 11 AM with coffee, water, sodas, bananas, and chips. Y’know, gas station snacks. Enjoy the vistas of I-10 and get a taste of regional culture as we tune in to local radio along the way. Stretch your legs at the rest areas (Men’s room closed for cleaning). We’ll stop for lunch in Phoenix, otherwise there’s nothing for miles. Cheeseburgers + fries or packed lunches for the vegetarians. If we don’t crash, we’ll reach Las Vegas at 7 PM, and share a victory cocktail. We might crash–victory cocktail served either way.
A word search was created by Oliver Payne for passengers of the bus, a scan of this document can be found below:
Tags: Dave the Chef, Oliver Payne