Ex Nihilo

Experimental Videogame

EX NIHILO is a videogame created by Derek Holguin for the art exhibit "Minor Gaps Between," which opened at Human Resources Gallery on January 20th, 2024 in Los Angeles. The game is an explorable world made of distorted alternate HR galleries through a digitized portal of Los Angeles.

You play as a faceless caped figure, jumping, flying, and teleporting around the environment made of collaged elements sampled from Los Angeles from the focal point of HR. This reflects an abstracted landscape of cacophonic symphony of locations and symbols mirroring myself in late 2023 - early 2024.

Purchase the game box, which includes dual USC-C and USB 3.0 flash drive for Windows and Mac (M1 or newer chip) and color zine.


EX NIHILO is playable for FREE via download here:


Donations are greatly appreciated!

The game features 3d scans and models by myself, audio sampled from iPhone voice memos, sampled YouTube sound fx, and music by myself. In Addition, the piano song played by 011668 when we were installing the show in HR, and a song by Dirty Merlin “Nightblind.”