Now Play This celebrates its first decade of exploring games and playfulness by highlighting the creative power and ubiquity of play. This year’s theme “Liminality: Playing between worlds” is an invitation to think of play as a place both for introspection and connection. It is a call to reconsider our understanding of play and games and their relationship to our everyday lives and to other artforms.

Join us at Somerset House from April 6-14 for a full programme of games, talks, performances and workshops. Tickets here.

Events

In 2024, the events programme spans all aspects of game-making, from family construction workshops to academic game studies talks.

#10SnapKit!

Sat, April 6, 11am-2pm || Sun, April 7, 3-6pm

#11Camp Now Play This!

Sat, April 6, 2-4pm || Sun, April 7, 12-2pm

#12Astro.Log.io behind the scenes & concerto performance

Sat, April 6, 5-6pm

#31Cardboard Beats Keyboard

Tue, April 9, 12-3pm

#32Borders (LARP)

Tue, April 9, 3-6pm

#33Game Documentary Screening Night

Tue, April 9, 6-9pm

#42Vector-Synthesis Workshop

Weds, 10 April, 3-6pm

#51At Play: Between Reality and Make Believe

Thur, 11 April, 11am-6pm

#52Living Spaces / Dead Spaces

Thur, 11 April, 6-8pm

#61Hybrid Worlding: Co-shaping digital and physical narratives

Fri, April 12, 2-6 || Sat April 13, 3-6pm

#62Machinima Screening Night

Fri, April 12, 6-7:30pm

#71I Did It!

Sat, 13 April, 11am-2pm || Sun, 14 April, 11am-2pm

#73Boring Office Party (LARP)

Sat, 13 April, 6-7.30pm

#81Who killed society? – a Psychogeographical Murder Mystery

Sun, April 14, 2-4pm

Exhibition

1001 Nights

Ada Eden

Abiogenesis

Kevin Kripper

Artworld Gaiden I: Progression/Digression

Daniel Green

Astro.Log.IO

Martin Bonadeo / Oliverio Duhalde

Atuel

Matajuegos

Beyond the Garden // Más allá del jardín

Laura Palavecino

Border Riding

Jo Reid

Cis Penance: Transgender Lives in Wait

Dr Zoyander Street

Crashboard

Emilie Breslavetz & Léon Denise

Data Garden

Shaman Garage

Dear You

Ludipe (design), PinkPastelWorld (art), and Víctor Ojuel (translation)

eFA

Techn‘Orisha Collective

Game Designer

Paul Gault, Lynn Love & Agency of None

Labyrinth: Now Play This & A MAZE Co-Commission

Julia Makivic & Emma Wood

Lockdown Space

Collectarium

Maze Walkthrough

Serafín Álvarez

Memorygame For Forgetfulness / Memorygame For Remembrance

Andrew Sheerin

Moving memories

Pamela Cuadros

NAVE Remoto

Videogamo, Inc.

Oneroom-Babel

SANGHEE

Orchids to Dusk

Pol Clarissou with music by Marskye

Proteus

Ed Key and David Kanaga

Service Set

Mateus Domingos

The Edge of the World

Natalie Maximova

Today I Die

Daniel Benmergui

Twist and Shine

Kaleider

v r 5

Pippin Barr

Viewfinder

Sad Owl Studios

Walking the Face of my Dead Grandfather

Liam Gibbons