Kid A Mnesia Exhibition

released on Nov 18, 2021

Kid A Mnesia Exhibition is an upside-down digital/analogue universe created from original artwork and recordings to commemorate 21 years of Radiohead’s Kid A and Amnesiac.

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A unique way of using the medium to explore the world that Kid A and Amnesiac has created.

What a cool blend of walking simulator design, installation and museum design, and sound art and encounter. Sure, it's a piece of commercial art, but interesting and original art nonetheless.

Kid A is my favourite Radiohead album, followed by OK Computer and Amnesiac, so this game felt like something that I didn't know that I needed. In fact, it has never crossed my mind to think of a game inspired by an album.
I was quite impressed when I saw in the credits that the original idea was from Thom Yorke (vocalist), Nigel Godrich (Radiohead's producer) and Stanley Donwood (Radiohead's visual artist). I thought that it was just another idea of Epic Games to attract people to their store. I really like how open minded are the team behind Radiohead (not only the musicians, as you see) and how good this game turned out to be. Every room has a different track or a different set of tracks which, like one sentence painted on a wall read, there are some of them that make sense and others that not so much. However, there is not much interaction with the player (as expected though) and I feel that some sort of progression instead of just rooms would highly enhance the experience. In addition to that, I think that this title would be hugely benefited by native VR support, which would be a dream come true.
The point that I like the most from Kid A Mnesia Exhibition is turning an album into a videogame experience. However, like I stated in this review, I think that it could be even better. As an initial contact of this kind of format with the medium, it does its job great, but I really look forward for more artists to be inspired by this game and release their albums in a videogame format as well. I would LOVE to play another videogame based in Innerspeaker and/or Lonerism by Tame Impala and Deathconciousness by Have a Nice Life.