The wind has changed, bringing a refreshing chill after a summer of damp air and baking flagstones. The leaves are starting to turn the burnt reds of Romance, cloaked in somber hues and new rain. Ah, autumn. Take your coat off, or you won’t feel the benefit.
It’s also the start of the Playful season. When we get filled up on posters, badges and other little bits and pieces that help make the day that little bit nicer for everyone.
BUT most importantly, it’s time to announce a bunch of new people whose brains will be speckling the walls of Conway Hall with their reckons.
Anne works as a Director and Producer for Lonelyleap in Greenwich, as well as making her own short films. The Makers Of Things, Anne’s recent series of beautiful shorts, looks at the things we do and make, specifically the craft and craftspeople of SMEE who spend their life making things by hand — tiny machines, wooden objects and, well, ‘things’. Anne will be sharing stories from this and other projects.
George “makes games and things” – often silly (Punch The Custard, A Bastard), often hacking existing things (Proteus Frog mod; Sweareoke Guitar Hero mod) and sometimes just straight up, fiendish games (Hell Is Other People, CUBES). George is going to be talking about videogames and their relationship with the hardware.
MARIE! Finally. We’ve been trying to get Marie to perform a spiel for a while now. She’s one of our favourite people and a hugely unsung heroine of indie games. For the past couple of years, she – with her Wild Rumpus cohorts – have been leading the charge of physical game parties, in the UK and the US. Marie might riff on horticulture in Animal Crossing. She might not.
Pippin is a game designer, artist and critic who has done many wonderful things that you’re probably already too busy cooing over to bother finish reading this. He’s just spent the past month working to create the Digital Marina Abramovich Institute, where visitors can experience exercises designed by Abramovich and view some performance art. He’ll be talking about Curious Games.
BONUS PIPPIN — Playful will also be hosting a hands-on Fireside Chat with Pippin Barr at this year’s Mozilla Festival (26-27 October), which will be looking at putting “openness” into the gaming industry and testing the web as a platform over the weekend event.
There are now less than 40 tickets remaining, and stocks are diminishing rapidly as people return from summering in the tropics and/or Bridlington. We’ll make sure the tea urn is full of hot water and the biscuits are fully stocked.
That’s it for now, more soon!