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Thursday Night Live! Play the City lecture: Can games make better citizens?
do 20 april 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 CEST
Game designer Paolo Pedercini, founder of Molleindustria, talks about the role of gaming in making better citizens and better cities. This lecture is part of the Games for Cities Conference.
City-games increasingly enter into the daily work of policy-makers, regulators, urban designers, smart city experts and architects. In his lecture Pedercini will explore the multiple connections between games and urban life, finding commonalities in the systems and rules that govern behaviour in each, and in the constant negotiation of moves that are external to ones' own. He will discuss his latest game, Nova Alea - the first in a series of urban themed games - and his motives behind its design. In this game, players are forced into the role of urban gentrifiers, shining a light on gentrification as a structural system of exclusion. His games are satirical and critical, always urging players to think, and exposing the dark-side of politics; and once played with, his messages are difficult to forget.
The evening will be moderated by Michiel de Lange.
Paolo Pedercini is a game designer specialising in social critique through apparently simple casual video games, where he integrates digital storytelling and game-based mechanics with the discursive genres of satire and propaganda. He currently teaches media production and an experimental game design class at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the founder of Molleindustria, a project of re-appropriation of videogames that since 2003 has excelled in the creation of products testing the boundaries of gaming.
Michiel de Lange
Michiel de Lange (1976) is Assistant Professor in New Media Studies at the University of Utrecht; co-founder of The Mobile City, a platform for research on new media and the city; advisor e-culture at the Media Fund; and works as a researcher in the field of (mobile) media, city and urban culture, identity and gaming.
Games for Cities Conference
This Thursday Night lecture is part of the Games for Cities Conference organized by Play the City and partners 20 and 21 April in Het Nieuwe Instituut. The conference brings Dutch city-gaming practices into closer contact with international best practices. With sharp keynotes on how city-gaming is the future of city-making and numerous city-game sessions.
Het Nieuwe Instituut Lecture Series
In the Het Nieuwe Instituut Lecture Series, a diverse range of opinionated speakers will take the stage. The series’ starting point is its trans-disciplinary stance, which acknowledges that the architects of today’s changing world are miscellaneous by default. By sharing their knowledge and personal fascinations, they provide useful lenses to help us navigate the excess of information to distinguish signal from noise. They inspire, reflect and provide fuel for discussion, in doing so also reflecting upon their own discipline and the ways in which it is changing.
Before the Thursday Night why not grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut? At 18.30 Het Nieuwe Café will serve either soup with bread or a quiche with salad. Dinner vouchers (price: €7.50) are available via ticket link and at the bar on the night of the event.