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Expanding the gameworld: A collusional masterclass on post-digital play
Drawing on examples from my recent book Gameworlds: virtual media and children’s everyday play, and from your own experiences and memories of play, this masterclass will address the passage of games into the post-digital media age.
We will explore the nature of children’s play today in an environment saturated with digital media devices and networks, and the ways in which long-established games, toys and play patterns are erased, sustained or transformed by computer-based media. Along the way, we’ll ask questions about the most productive methods and concepts for studying the intimate and intangible experiences of playful technoculture.
Seth Giddings is Associate Professor of Digital Culture and Design at University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art. His research and teaching address the design, testing and everyday use of playful technologies, from popular videogames and participatory media to experimental mobile games, toys and robots. His book Gameworlds: virtual media and children’s everyday play is published by Bloomsbury (2014). He is a co-author of New Media: a critical introduction (Routledge 2009) and the editor of a companion volume The New Media & Technocultures Reader (Routledge 2011). Recent projects include researching the development of a robotic gaming platform, digitally augmented playground equipment, and a location-based dance game for smart phones. He is currently developing research on hybrid-reality toys, and distributed imagination and proprioception.
Seth Giddings's visit and masterclass are part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant, Games of Being Mobile, and are co-hosted by the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) and Centre for Games Design Research (CGDR) in the RMIT School of Media and Communication.
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Getting thereVenue: Emily McPherson building,Building 13, Level 3, Room 7, 405 Russell Street Melbourne
Located in Russell Street on the Victoria Street corner, catch a City Loop train to Melbourne Central train station or to Flinders Street. From Flinders Street, you can take a connecting City Loop train or Yarra Tram along nearby Swanston Street.
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