play/power/politics

Schedule

Schedule

Friday - April 14th

 

5 PM

Doors and registration opens. Pick up your badge in NYU's 2 Metrotech lobby.


6 PM

Opening ceremony: Introductions, Code of Conduct, Vision


7 PM

DeAngela Duff, Luke DuBois, Mattie Brice, Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris, Naomi Clark: Advisory Fireside Chat

The advisory committee and representation of NYU come together for candid talk about the role of game designers, creative technologists, and interdisciplinary artists in today's political landscape. They will give insight into their hopes and intentions for play/ground and their investment in play for political action.


Evening Social

Registration ends and doors close at 9:30 PM.

8 PM


 

Saturday - April 15th

 

Doors and registration opens. Pick up your badge in NYU's 2 Metrotech lobby.

Breakfast and coffee is served.

9 AM


Kaho Abe & Ramsey Nasser: :fire::upside_down_face::fire:

In the face of oppression, creative self expression is both an act of resistance and an act of healing. How can we reclaim our personal agency by always continuing to create and play?

10 AM


Mohini Dutta & Ben Norskov: Framing Playfully

A workshop using game design methodologies to playfully reframe challenges and gain new understanding about difficult problems in the world. Participants should expect to walk away with the ability to think more playfully about their practice, leading to unexpected realizations.

11 AM


Lunch is served.

12 PM


Breakouts

Attendees will submit topics they wish to find collaborators for and organize around. Space will be set up to facilitate roundtables around common themes and issues.

1 PM


Christian Howard: Lie to Me Sweetly

Together we'll explore and embody the more playful elements of lying and consider what powers of skillful resistance we loosen when we embrace an artifice of rebellion.

2 PM


Clarinda Mac Low & Lauren Bierly: Incredible Witness

We live in a historical period where many traditional binaries are breaking down; some of the most basic assumptions about social life and hierarchies are fragmenting--ideas around gender, race, sexuality, and ability are being questioned and re-framed. Through participatory game play that emphasize individual sensory worlds and the full physical self, Incredible Witness seeks to encourage this disintegration, and find ways of learning to accept each other fully, beyond the categories.

3 PM


Microtalks

All attendees may sign up for a 5-minute talk about whatever they want, responding to the day's presentations or current events.

4 PM


Community Hall & Review

To close out the day, attendees are invited to share feedback on how play/ground is going thus far and discussing emergent themes from the day's events. Registration closes at 5 PM and doors close at 6:30 PM.

5 PM


 

Sunday - April 16th

 

Doors and registration opens. Pick up your badge in NYU's 2 Metrotech lobby.

Breakfast and coffee is served.

9 AM


10 AM

Andrea Morales: Breaking and making diverse systems of money

Enact monetary subversion through games. Play to imagine how what "money" could be in a different society. In this simulation we will explore how playing with monetary systems can be translated into financial technological innovation, beyond Silicon Valley.


11 AM

Shoshana Kessock: Doing It Live: Political Games In The Live Action Roleplaying World

Come experience a workshop on live action roleplaying games and how their immediacy in the real world can help bring political or social themed games home to players in intense emotional ways. Learn a little more about the live action roleplaying world and experience techniques on how to create your own live action game experiences at home. 


Lunch is served.

12 PM


Breakouts

Attendees will submit topics they wish to find collaborators for and organize around. Space will be set up to facilitate roundtables around common themes and issues.

1 PM


LaJuné McMillian: Spaces for Healing

Let's Explore ways to visualize inner emotional healing through virtual reality and physical computing. I would like to demo 2 projects, 528 and Clarity, and brainstorm with audience possible new ways to effectively build and navigate spaces that help us to heal.

2 PM


Microtalks

All attendees may sign up for a 5-minute talk about whatever they want, responding to the day's presentations or current events.

3 PM


Quiet Time Break

4 PM


play/ground Initiative Workshop & Wrap-Up

A final workshop for the presenters and attendees to coalesce around actionable steps to continue the energy and intentions of play/ground outside of the event and into everyday life. It will culminate in a proposal for grant funds led by the presenters geared towards our mission of resisting and building power. Along with some final reflections, it will close off the event.

Registration closes at 5 PM and doors close at 7:30 PM.

5 PM