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[ecrea] CfP: CounterPlay ‘19 - Playing at the Edge
Thu Oct 25 20:07:00 GMT 2018
CfP: CounterPlay ‘19 - Playing at the Edge
International Play Festival
April 4th – 6th 2019
Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark
Deadline for proposals: November 19th, 2018
CounterPlay believes that play makes life more meaningful and enjoyable,
while playful attitudes enable us to act with agency in a complex,
The purpose of the CounterPlay festival is to explore, inspire and
support play in all areas of society, building on our three main
pillars: playful learning, playful working and playful living.
The theme of CounterPlay ’19 is “playing at the edge”, and we welcome
different forms of proposals that reflect this in one way or another.
The theme is open for interpretation and fresh ideas: we invite you to
play with the theme and identify your own ways of approaching the edge.
Perhaps play is always situated right there at the edge of all the many
disciplines required to understand it, and of understanding itself. Play
remains at the edge of our grasp, “as an embodied, affective experience
that cannot be fully conveyed using conventional language” (Shields,
2015). What happens at the edge of what we know about play, and how do
we push that edge together, making our collective understanding deeper
“the continued advancement of play studies depends on the recognition of
varieties of disciplinary contributions and on strategies to integrate
these” (Henricks, 2016)
What we call for is exactly that: bridges to be built between the
different disciplines and domains, bringing people together from across
the edges, to talk, think and play together. There are edges between
research and practice, between public institutions and private
companies, between children and adults – to name but a few.
Let’s tear down the barriers and insist that edges are interfaces rather
than boundaries, allowing us to create new connections, foster new ideas
and cultivate new possibilities.
Further issues to explore:
When we’re playing at the edge, we give up on certainty. How do we learn
to navigate this uncertainty and risk, so we can keep on playing?
Sometimes play takes us to the edge of what we know. Can we consider the
edge a vantage where we can see far into the unknown?
There are many ways of playing, and some exist at the edge of what is
commonly accepted. Who gets to define which forms of play are legitimate
and which are not?
Playing at the edge might take us to the edge of play, where those
playing lose influence and agency. How can play counter that, causing
empowerment and emancipation?
The “edge effect”, as found in ecology, shows increased diversity where
the edges of two adjacent ecosystems overlap. Can the same happen at the
edge of “play ecosystems”?
Formats & proposals:
We invite you to submit proposals that explore “playing at the edge”
across different areas in society, from private companies to open public
arenas and cultural institutions, from kindergarten to universities,
from places of work to places of leisure. In essence, everywhere people
work, learn and live are possible spaces for play, and we want to
investigate what it means and how it might unfold.
The theme is a lens through which we investigate ways of thinking and
talking about play: through conversations, workshops, dance, drawing
ect. and – most importantly – through play. We insist that the festival
must be a safe and inclusive space for a diverse community, where
participatory and interactive formats can flourish, and where failure
and risk taking is just an opportunity to learn, and where you feel
comfortable playing with strangers.
We particularly welcome contributions from scholars within media and
communication studies, who are interested in, for instance, aspects of
media life related to play, such as gaming cultures, playful encounters
on social media platforms etc.
Proposals could be for workshops, paper and panel presentations,
maker-spaces, artworks, concerts, or take a variety of other explorative
forms. Proposals should be no longer than 2000 characters and describe
the core theme(s) of your contribution. How will you encourage
participants to think and talk about play – and how will you inspire
them to play? Additionally, we ask you to include a short bio of each
person facilitating the session.
Submission & deadlines:
Deadline for submissions: November 19th, 2018.
Proposals are submitted through this online form:
If you have questions, contact (mathias /at/ counterplay.org) who will also be
available for questions and (online) conversations as required. We
*love* to talk about play, so don’t hold back.
Link to call for proposals: http://www.counterplay.org/call-for-proposals/
You can also use our Facebook group to get feedback on your ideas:
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