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In this public keynote lecture, guest scholar Miguel Sicart will explore the aesthetics, ethics and politics of playing (with) computers ahead of the Design & Play exhibition opening.
Why do we play with computers? What makes computers a favourite material for the creation of playthings? By dissecting the material layers of computers as play engines, Miguel Sicart explores the aesthetics, ethics and politics of playing (with) computers. This talk is an inquiry on the pleasures of submission to digital play, and the joys of resisting the playful, loving embrace of computing machines.
Miguel Sicart’s public lecture and masterclass are part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant on Games of Being Mobile co-hosted by the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) and Centre for Games Design Research (CGDR), and School of Media and Communication, RMIT University.
The Design & Play exhibition at The Design Hub opens directly after the talk finishes and runs from 29 April to 14 May 2016.
Miguel Sicart is an Associate Professor at the IT University in Copenhagen. His research on games and playthings combines philosophy with design research. He is the author of The Ethics of Computer Games (The MIT Press, 2009), Beyond Choices: The Design of Ethical Gameplay (The MIT Press, 2013), and Play Matters (The MIT Press, 2014).
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Getting thereVenue: RMIT Design Hub,Building 100, Level 3, Lecture theatre, corner of Victoria Street and Swanston Street, Melbourne
Walk to the intersection of Victoria and Swanston Streets.
Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, from which you can connect to the train at Melbourne Central or Flinders Street.
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No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.