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The Games Europe Plays

The Games Europe Plays

Boddington, Ghislaine ORCID: 0000-0003-0448-579X (2016) The Games Europe Plays. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

"The Games Europe Plays" was conceived and developed by curator/researcher Ghislaine Boddington to give visibility to the booming and vivid European gaming scene within the UK and to envision future scenarios in which gaming experiences are at the centre of work and play.

In 2016 "The Games Europe Plays" brought to Londoners a selection of independent and innovative games made in Europe to experience and play. Coordinated by the Finnish Institute, and supported by EUNIC London, Ghislaine Boddington was invited to curate "The Games Europe Plays" as a series of three exhibitions, events and talks inviting developers, makers and academics from the UK and Europe to meet and debate with the London public. The project was covered by BBC Click World Service, Vice, BBC News, The Long and the Short and more (see selected Press Coverage attached).

An interactive and playful exhibition, "The Games Europe Plays" at the Finnish Institute in April 2016, showcased the most exciting independent digital games for young people (4+) and families as part of the London Games Festival. It presented games by Gigglebug (Finland), Toca Boca (Sweden), Tine Bech (Denmark/UK), Peter Lu & Lea Schönfelder (Germany) and Amanita (Czech Republic).

Exploring our body from its hidden micro bacteria to its digital incarnations "The Games Europe Plays" presented the second exhibition in the series of three – BODY<>TECH - at the University of Greenwich in July/August 2016 and took a playful look at how digital technologies are helping us to heal but can also disturb our wellbeing. Presenting the works of interactive artists and game makers from the UK and continental Europe, the show envisioned how we will inhabit and take care of our virtual and physical bodies in the future. Ghislaine presented the works of Anna Dumitriu with Alex May (UK), Ivor Diosi (Czech Republic), Marco Donnarumma (Italy), Blast Theory (UK), Designswarm (UK) and Grendel Games (Netherlands). A day-long Symposium was held at the university as part of the exhibition for students, staff and public.

The last stop of the series was at Nesta’s FutureFest in September, where "The Games Europe Plays" presented ‘Molding the Signifier’ an installation by Ivor Diosi (Czech Republic), speaker input into mainstage panel by Marco Donnaruma (Italy) and supported the performances into the FutureFest2016 digital commission, Collective Reality (UK).

The Games Europe Plays showcased the best of EU gaming from full-bodied gaming interactive installations as well as screen-based games and apps. The three exhibitions presented an immersive, playful journey through some of the most innovative gaming experiences from Europe in 2016, offering the audience the opportunity to envision how gaming is used today and can be used in the future.

"The Games Europe Plays" was initiated by EUNIC London, and co-produced by the Finnish Institute and body>data>space. Supported by the British Council and Arts Council England it presented as part of the London Games Festival Fringe official programme, at the University of Greenwich and at Nesta’s FutureFest 2016. With additional support from the Czech Centre, the Danish Embassy, the Goethe-Institut London, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Swedish Embassy.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: exhibition, gaming, Europe, innovation, future, work, play, health, well being, AI, robotics, web, bio-art,
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts
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Last Modified: 05 Aug 2019 09:38
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 6
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/16875

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