PCD@LA Track: Epic Play!

Hello. Just creating a thread for folks to discuss and ask questions about the Epic Play! track for PCD@LA. Here is the track description for quick reference.

Play is not work; let’s start there. Play is also ubiquitous, a relationship, a stance, that someone can take up at any time or place. Like humor, play helps us cope with the world; and like humor, play can be critical and transformative. What does play look like when it isn’t connected to a game or a sport? What is it that makes play, play? Are there constituent elements required for play to begin? What makes a thing into a toy? Can “serious” play be fun?

The Epic Play! track will work to develop ideas, strategies, toys, and games that critique, dissolve, and reconfigure politics, social relationships, solitude and everyday life. We are looking for applications from children and adults using the concept of play to:

Heal fractured or stressed relationships
Flatten or invert hierarchies
Create solidarity in or against competition
Resist work

You can find the other track descriptions here: https://day.processing.org/pcd-la-tracks.html



Can you link to some literature on the topic?

Hello Scott, What type of literature are you looking for? It is (was, it is closed now) an open call around the themes posted above. But perhaps Ian Bogost’s “Play Anything” would be an ok place to start.

I was thinking along the lines of articles, books, and blog posts. I have never heard about using play to resist work and I am curious about the other themes listed as well. Also, If it is closed now, do the people speaking have websites? I would be interested in the type of work, or rather play, that they do. I will definitly take a look at the book you recomended. Thanks.

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Hi Scott, we are going through the reviewing process right now and will release the presenter list on day.processing.org later in the year. Also we are putting together a reading list under each track for the organizers & community to contribute. Please check our website shortly to view the reading lists.

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