Welcome to our weekend of events running 6-7 April, for people with a particular interest in the processes and practice of making games.
A Makers’ Corner ticket is £25, and includes unlimited access to the Now Play This exhibition across 6-7 April; access to the Makers’ Corner dedicated space, with a selection of books and board games; plus workshops throughout the weekend, and our new conference, “A Series of Interesting Decisions”, in which our speakers will discuss one of their projects in depth, and look at the different decisions that went into creating it. A timetable for the weekend is available here.
A Series Of Interesting Decisions
Talk: Macho Cam
Talk: Macho Cam – Robert Yang |
Sun, Apr 7 at 11:00am
Robert Yang makes surprisingly popular games about gay culture and intimacy -- he is most known for his historical bathroom sex simulator The Tearoom and his male shower simulator Rinse and Repeat, and his gay sex triptych Radiator 2 has over 150,000 users on Steam. He is currently an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU Game Center.
Panel: Making Physical Things
We Throw Switches
Panel: Making Physical Things – Amy Godliman | We Throw Switches | Raphael Kim
Panel: Doing Things with Board Games
Hwa Young Jung
Panel: Doing Things with Board Games – Hwa Young Jung | Kenechukwu Ogbuagu | Sindi Breshani
Talk: AFFIX – Sabrina Shirazi |
Sun, Apr 7 at 2:45pm
Sabrina Shirazi is a designer and resident of Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio. Sabrina produces visual art, textile installations and dining events inspired by colour, unconventional behaviour and play.
Panel: Games as Creative Tools
Panel: Games as Creative Tools – bleeptrack | sokpop | Tomo Kihara
Talk: Frog Detective 2
Talk: Frog Detective 2 – Grace Bruxner |
Sun, Apr 7 at 4:30pm
WORM CLUB is a studio comprised of Grace Bruxner, Thomas Bowker and Dan Golding. They made the smash hit (kinda) "The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game" and have teamed up again to bring some more mystery and silliness to the medium of games.
Panel: Playing in Public Space
Panel: Playing in Public Space – Kristi Minchin | Nikki Pugh | Zach Gage
Playing with Artificial Eyes
by Tomo Kihara
Playing with Artificial Eyes – Tomo Kihara
Shitpost Tarot: Session 1
by Dámhín Mckeown
Shitpost Tarot: Session 1 – Dámhín Mckeown
Sat, Apr 6 at 1:00pm
Dámhín Mckeown is an artist, curator, and gender killer based in Dublin, Ireland. Gaby Aveiro-Ojeda is an artist, speaker, and game designer. They are currently working on their spooky, witchy game, Don't Wake the Night, while also creating art based around expressions of Paraguayan identity and ancestral traditions.
by Raphael Kim
Sat, Apr 6 at 4:00pm
Raphael Kim is a researcher interested in hybrid games involving micro-organisms and computers. Currently, he is undertaking a PhD at Media and Arts Technology (MAT) programme, at Queen Mary, University of London.
Memphis Jam – Heterocosmica
Sat, Apr 6 at 10:00am
Heterocosmica consists of Simon Johnson, a data scientist and Shruti Grover, a design researcher. They are based at Makerversity in Somerset House. Memphis Jam is a development of a prototype that Johnson made after visiting Now Play This in 2018, and feeling inspired to experiment with making games.
Working with Unity ECS
by Terry Yu/Yu Tian
Working with Unity ECS – Terry Yu/Yu Tian
Sat, Apr 6 at 11:00am
Terry Yu/Yu Tian is a game producer, programmer, and game jammer, working on a mobile roguelite mini-sandbox game, and making indie games in private.
Is This Violence? Am I Too Sexy?
by Tomo Kihara
Is This Violence? Am I Too Sexy? – Tomo Kihara
A Series of Unexpected Constraints
by Abi Palmer
A Series of Unexpected Constraints – Abi Palmer
Sun, Apr 7 at 1:00pm
Abi Palmer is an experimental artist and writer. In 2018 she designed ‘Crip Casino’ - an interactive gambling arcade exploring the disabled body in institutionalised spaces. Her forthcoming book ‘Sanatorium’ navigates a luxury rehabilitation space in Budapest and an £80 inflatable blue Korean bathtub (Penned in the Margins, 2020).
The Mission: Occupy Mars
by Exit Productions
The Mission: Occupy Mars – Exit Productions
Sun, Apr 7 at 4:30pm
Exit Productions are a games-based theatre company, trying to find the meeting points between those two things. Their previous work has seen audience-led factions in a revolution and king-makers of a boxing match at Fight Night.
Colony: meet the critters
by Nikki Pugh
Colony: meet the critters – Nikki Pugh
Sun, Apr 7 at 10:00am
Nikki Pugh explores questions relating to how we perceive, move through and interact with our surroundings. She instigates enquiry-led processes that are often participatory in nature, designing mechanisms to support exploration, discussion and criticism.
Colony is made in collaboration with Tarim (Media Playgrounds) and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.