Vergangenen Donnerstag fand im Rahmen der SUBOTRON arcademy und des Play:Vienna Festivals ein Talk zum Thema “Pervasive Games and Public Space” statt. Tassos Stevens von der Agency of Coney in London versuchte dabei, die interessantesten Ansätze für das Spielen im öffentlichen Raum der letzten Jahre darzustellen – von unterschiedlichen Game-Designern und Performance-Machern. Er betrachtete unter anderem auch die unterschiedlichen Dimensionen von sozialem, kulturellem und ökonomischen Impact.


Tassos Stevens (@tassosstevens) is an ex-psychologist, theatre-maker, and wrangler; a founder and co-director of Coney (@agencyofconey). Coney makes live interactive play with impact for people wherever they are, following principles of adventure, loveliness and curiosity; and is a network of artists, makers and players with members all over the world and an HQ in London. Coney has made play for the National Theatre, the Science Museum, and Kensington Palace, and became a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England in 2012.

Play Tassos has helped make for Coney includes “A Small Town Anywhere”, a piece of theatre for playing audience co-produced with BAC; “The Loveliness Principle”, co-produced with BAC, and remade for places including Latitude, “Shoreham-by-Sea”, and the Junction Arts Festival in Tasmania; “RSVP” collaborating with Dublin Youth Theatre for Dublin Fringe Festival; “Nightmare High”, a BAFTA-winning commission for Channel 4 Education with Somethin Else and Player3; “A Cat Escapes” and other Adventures in Learning happening in classrooms all over the UK.

Tassos also designed the iPhone game “Papa Sangre”, with a world realised entirely in music and sound. Currently he’s developing a platform of activity for NESTA’s Futurefest. Despite calling himself an ex-psychologist, he’s especially interested in the intersections between playful practice and various strands of psychological theory, including resilience theory, group dynamics, agency, and attention.


Der Talk

Wir konnten dieses Mal leider nicht mit dabei sein. Dafür aber haben wir gleich hier im Anschluss den ganzen Talk als MP3 und die Slides von Tassos Stevens für euch! (Einfach auf den Play-Button klicken!)


(Hier geht es direkt zum MP3-File auf der Subotron-Homepage.)

(Fotos: Jogi Neufeld, Slides: Tassos Stevens)