Invader is a French Urban Artist, who really came to light for me when he was a featured artist in the Banksy production 'Exit through the gift shop' filmed by Thierry Guetta (Mr Brainwash), Invaders cousin.
Invaders work is inspired by the by the pixellation of 1970's - 1980's *-Bit video games, and took his name from the arcade game 'Space Invaders'. Most of his work is the making of square ceramic tiles formed into the shapes of video game characters, and placed around various cities, this is in fact 67 cities around 33 countries to date. Invader likes to remain incognito and guards his identity very carefully. He has had solo exhibitions at art galleries in Paris, Osaka, Melbourne, Los Angeles, New York, London and Rome.
'Hello My Game Is...' is the first invader exhibition in Paris since 2011. The title refers to the name stickers, popular in the graffiti scene, with a twist on the name. The new exhibition is highly geared towards children in mind, hence the reason for displaying the work at Le Musee En Herbe (an art exhibition for children).
The show contains references to video games such as Pac-Man and Q*Bert and characters from the animation 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (one of my favourites when growing up). People from all ages are encouraged to interact with the show, you can play retro video games and use a magnetic wall to recreate your own 8-Bit inspired creations.
My favourite part of the show was the large scale interactive map of the world showing the 67 cities which have been invaded, including the one on the ISS space station. There is a Rubicubism room, referencing 80's Rubik cube games, and a nod to Disney characters. The last room presents works on paper, concept ideas and a series of masks which Invader has used to conceal his identity, along with a glimpse of the artists studio itself.