Festival for Playful Public Spaces


Playing the Future: Games and Civic Transformation


Format: Conversation

  • August 12, 2012 17:00 – 18:00

Samu Szemerey (HU)


Samu Szemerey is an architect interested in design as inquiry. His work investigates the relationship of contemporary culture, accessible technology and the human environment, and the innovative roles architecture can play in these and other social issues. He is a licensed architect in Hungary, an active member of professional organizations, and is regularly invited as lecturer and consultant. He has been participant, tutor and director of numerous workshops, research projects and public programs. Between 2003 and 2006 he worked as editor of the magazine epiteszforum.hu (architect's forum). He was coordinator of the Hungarian pavilion for the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006. Between 2008 and 2010 he lived and worked in New York as a Fulbright Fellow. Special interests: post socialist urban development, housing estates as cultural constructs, landscape infrastructures, urban systems, design research, gardens, cafés and showroom dummies. He is currently based in Budapest.

Anthea Moys (ZA)


Anthea Moys completed her Masters degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008, with a focus on structured play and performance in public space. Her interest in play finds expression in her work through the staging of collaborative site-specific games and performances. Moys has exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently preparing for a series of large-scale performances to take place in 2013. She has also lectured periodically at Wits, UJ and Rhodes. She is currently Vega's Creative Development lecturer in Johannesburg and is interested in the educational capacity of performative play.

Kevin Slavin (US)


Mark Butler (DE)

Mark Butler is a cultural scientist, futurologist, and research associate at the Department of European Media Studies at the Institute of Art and Media of Potsdam University. He has worked extensively on the culture of computer game-playing and is in the process of publishing his Ph.D. on playful techniques of the self. Butler is a founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal ilinx – Berliner Beiträge zur Kulturwissenschaft and a member of the Digital Games Research Network.

Athens Plaython (GR)


Athens Plaython is a new group that brings to Athens city a festival of big urban games, played on the streets, walls and squares of the city. In September 2012 we will host a series of urban games using innovative technologies and game design workshops for kids and adults. Reclaiming the city as a game space and providing opportunities for creativity and cooperation is one of our scopes. Maria Saridaki is exploring game design and play between worlds. She is a researcher at the University of Athens - www.media.uoa.gr , a research and education manager at Athens Plaython - www.athensplaython.org  and a proud member of the Playopticons Team - www.playopticons.com . Her research interest lies in games based learning for students with and without disabilities, propaganda games as well as transmedia storytelling of old myths with new media.  Chloe Varelidi is a game designer and educator. She works at Mozilla  by day and runs Athens Plaython  by night, a street games festival that takes place in her hometown of Athens, Greece. Previously, Chloe was a founding staff at the Institute of Play  and a Creative Director at MissionLab, a game design studio located within the Quest To Learn  school in New York.