Curating Public Play in Cultural Spaces

A session at Hide&Seek Weekender Conference

Monday 17th September, 2012

3:45pm to 4:30pm (GMT)

At Paris’s new digital culture center La Gaîté lyrique (opened in March 2011), over three thousand square meters of exhibition and community space were devoted this summer to Joue le jeu / Play Along, a playable showcase of new and emerging games. Joue le jeu was an active celebration of all types of interactive play: from innovative, cutting edge video games, to mixed digital/physical, social, performance, and even board games. Seven new large-scale works from notable game designers and interactive artists were commissioned to respond to the architecture of La Gaîté, joining pre-existing games selected to highlight the breadth of today’s interactive play culture. Joue le jeu curator Heather Kelley and Gaîté lyrique managing and artistic director Jerome Delormas discuss the development of the show and offer insights. Games now characterise our era, yet paradoxically, they are an ancient form of interaction. Digital technology has moved games into a very central topic of contemporary culture. The speakers will look at how a multidisciplinary media space dedicated to creation in the digital era, designed to make links between diverse, specialised and cutting edge subjects, can create a new cultural perspective.

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Jérôme Delormas

Jérôme Delormas was made Managing Director of la Gaîté lyrique in December 2007.

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Heather Kelley

Heather Kelley is an award-winning media artist, curator, and game designer.

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Time 3:45pm4:30pm GMT

Date Mon 17th September 2012


The Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall

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