ART GAMES – An International Game Jam Network meets PLAY Festival


Feat. Christina Chrysanthopoulou (Athen) and Wellington Fattori (São Paulo) as well as Riad Djemili and Johannes Kristmann (Maschinen-Mensch) and Lisa Mayerhöfer (Goethe-Institut)

Mexico City, Seoul, Boston, Jakarta, São Paulo, Novosibirsk, Athens, and Bangkok: For eight game jams all over the world, ART GAMES united programmers and game developers as well as artists and creatives. Drawing from their diversity, they developed (digital) games which renegotiate the boundaries between art, politics, and games. How can artistic strategies expand the scope of games or transcend the limits of game designs? What are the underlying politics of the gaming industry? And how can game practices be used to challenge and advance political processes?

A selection of games from each location, chosen by a jury, was exhibited at the international A MAZE. / Berlin Festival in 2018. Participants and partners from eight countries travelled to Germany to metamorphose the global virtual network of ART GAMES into an analogue one.

At the PLAY18 Speaker’s Corner, Saturday, 3:45 pm, Christina Chrysanthopoulou (Athens) and Wellington Fattori (São Paulo) will talk about the exchange with game developers from 8 different countries all at once in Berlin.

Additionally, the documentary film about the project, “Art, Games, Politics”, will be shown at the festival for the first time including material from the meeting in Berlin, featuring highlights of the game jams at each location and exploring the mind-sets of the game creators.

ART GAMES is a project of the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Maschinen-Mensch and is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.




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