Cultural Masseur: Talking Heads #09 - Art X Arthouse Games and Playful Media

Venue: Online 
Date: 2021.03.26 - 2021.03.27
Time: 2021-03-26 18:00 (Fri) - 2021-03-27 (Sat) 20:00, 2021-03-27 (Sat) 20:00-22:00 
Price: Free of charge 
 The 9th programme of Culture Masseur: Talking Heads is “Art X Arthouse Games and Playful Media”, features A MAZE., the Berlin-based international label of games and playful media. Its founder Thorsten S. Wiedemann and French artist Tatiana Vilela Dos Santos will lead an experiential workshop of a 24-hour Online Game Jam.

Online Game Jam “A MAZE. Alt.Ctrl Online Game Jam” is a 24-hour Game Jam where participants will create alternative controller games from home. Completed works will be showcased at the Artist Presentation on the following day. The programme will be concluded by an extended conversation where an extended conversation will be conducted between the A MAZE. duo and with two Hong Kong-based game researchers as the respondents.

【Online Game Jam】- 《A MAZE. Alt.Ctrl Online Game Jam》
26 Mar 2021 (Fri) 18:00 - 27 Mar 2021 (Sat) 20:00 (HKT)

Join the 24-hour Alt. Ctrl Online Game Jam led by A MAZE. founder Thorsten S. Wiedemann and French artist Tatiana Vilela Dos Santos to create alternative controller games from home. Begin with a guided tour of ALT CTRL games including original gamepads, arcade cabinets, and playful installations, we will chart this new territory to better understand the creative possibilities ALT CTRL offers designers. Followed by a discussion by the artists of the specific case of diverted use of standard controllers, participants will collaborate in groups and create new ways to play with common peripherals.

Artist Statement:
For the past years, we have seen the emergence of a new movement in video games, the ALT CTRL or alternative controller games. These motley creations share a common trait: they are all played with weird gamepads. Some of them are even one-of-a-kind installations. The first part of this Game Jam will be an invitation to fall into the rabbit hole of ALT CTRL games. After a guided tour of these wonderlands including original gamepads, arcade cabinets, and playful installations, we will chart this new territory to better understand the creative possibilities ALT CTRL offers designers. In the second part of the workshop, we will discuss the specific case of diverted use of standard controllers: can we create new ways to play with common peripherals.

Presentation of the works will be showcased on the Chill-chat Salon on 27 Mar 2021 (Sat) on Cultural Masseur Facebook channel. We will officially announce the selected jammers via email. Participants are required to prepare their own game materials in order to join the online workshop. Conducted in English via Zoom. Free admission with a limited quota. Registration by 12 Mar 2021.

Registration Link: https://guidedtour.typeform.com/to/GgaJvdtT

【Artist Presentation & Chill-chat Salon】
27 Mar 2021 (Sat) 20:00-22:00

The A MAZE. duo will first present their works, and also share with the audience the works accomplished at the《A MAZE. Alt.Ctrl Online Game Jam》. It is then followed by a Chill-chat Salon session, there will be an extended conversation between the duo and Dr. Olli Tapio Leino associate professor at the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong, and Yang Jing, co-founder of game studio Sometimes Monastery, on arthouse computer game design and playable media.

Respondents:
• Dr. Olli Tapio Leino (School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong)
• Yang Jing (Co-founder of Sometimes Monastery)

Conducted in English via Cultural Masseur Facebook Live. Free admission.

The event is co-hosted by Goethe-Institut Hongkong and collaborated with A MAZE.
Special thanks : Stéphane Noël, Materialise Limited
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