[artinfo] Experimental Game Cultures MA programme, Vienna

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Thu Jul 22 15:25:09 CEST 2021

Launch of Experimental Game Cultures master programme

University of Applied Arts Vienna

	Application deadline: July 30, 2021

We aim to introduce game-changer games! In founding the _Experimental 
Game Cultures_ department, the University of Applied Arts Vienna 
takes up the challenge to shape-shift societies through play 
practices and cultures as key to sustainable world approaches. The 
English language master's programm experimental game cultures is to 
start in the winter semester 2021/22 and offered at the Institute for 
Art and Society.

The newly established master program Experimental Game Cultures puts 
a focus on emerging forms of hybrid play. The study program aims at a 
critical reflection of the social impact of games while 
simultaneously applying it to the prototypical development of 
innovative game concepts and approaches. The central aspect of the 
study program is therefore the interweaving of the development of 
innovative game concepts with a critical examination of games and 
play as cooperative and non-incremental method of insight and change 
of coagulations in their various historical, societal and social 
contexts. Artistic research areas of the program include the use of 
games and play as an instrument for a better understanding of social, 
economic and political contexts and for the democratic shaping of 
their future.

The head of the department Margarete Jahrmann states: "For me, 
artistic play is the experimental testing and subjective experience 
of alternative possibilities of the world and agency. Play as a 
participatory process can show us ways to positive change, new forms 
of future society, politics, and empathic coexistence. Through the 
conscious breaking of rules, the transformation of rule systems, the 
acceptance of ambiguity as a quality in play, a new understanding for 
the global challenges of our time can emerge. Our way there is the 

Experimental Game Culture

According to the focus fields of the program, applicants are also 
invited to develop/describe a project for on of the following topics: 
game changer concepts, queer and non-colonial game mechanics, dark 
patterns of game design, body and game fashion, games for non-humans, 
games and nature

Written applications can be submitted in the period July 1 to 30, 
2021 via 

University of Applied Arts Vienna
Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2
1010 Vienna

T +43 1 711332160
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