Floating Points 6: Game of Culture | Art of Games, at Emerson College 3/20-3/21

by Aaron Melcher on February 17, 2009

in Event announcements

Emerson College and Turbulence.org are pleased to announce Floating Points 6: Game of Culture | Art of Games, a Film Screening, Symposium and Workshops with Asi Burak, Anita Fontaine, Jesper Juul, Friedrich Kirschner, Marcin Ramocki, Jason Rohrer, Adriana de Souza Silva, Mushon Zer-Aviv.
 
DATE: March 20-21, 2009
VENUE: Bill Bordy Theater, Emerson College, 216 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts
 
Video games extend beyond the gaming console into nearly every aspect of contemporary life. They are fun. They drive innovation, consumer engagement and employee productivity. Is our culture turning everything into a game?
 
Video Games have had a greater impact on narrative form than any medium since film. They are altering our experience of both virtual and physical space. Gamespace is everywhere and nowhere (McKenzie Wark, "Gamer Theory"). In "Video Game Spaces: Image, Play, and Structure in 3D Worlds," Michael Nitsche introduces five analytical layers – rule-based space, mediated space, fictional space, play space, and social space. How do artists and game designers use these spaces in their creative practice? How does structured play impact our engagement with other people, both online and in urban space? What are the political and cultural implications of gaming practices?

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