Games as Arts/ Arts as Games

Games as Arts/ Arts as Games
Thursday 10 May 2018 10.00 to Friday 15 June 2018 16.00

Go directly to the festival web page here: Games as Arts 2018 

The MetaMakers Institute in the Games Academy of Falmouth University are proud to announce the second festival in the Games as Arts / Arts as Games series, which will run from 10-31 May at the Exchange Gallery in Penzance, and from 7-15 June at the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts on our Penryn campus.

In this series of exhibitions, we look at the relationship of games with other art forms and converse with ideas around art-based approaches to game making and the materials used to make games. We examine games as a lens through which to examine other, more established art practices. We also address the potential for games to take up the mantle of other art forms in the process of critiquing society and creating change.

This year's festival looks at games through the lens of play. Play transcends the immediate needs of life and opens up an alternative scope for action or a 'room for manoeuvre', in which things are 'at play', loosened from their ties to the everyday. Play is thus a space, where new meanings can emerge. Games as {performing} arts explores this generative capacity of play across the two domains of games and performance. Both of them render the boundaries between our reality and other, possible realities, porous and elastic, allowing us to move from one to the other, become somebody or something else, and play by different rules.