[DiGRA UK] Blank Arcade: Games out of Joint exhibition at DiGRA

Paolo Ruffino contact at paoloruffino.com
Sun Feb 15 18:55:15 UTC 2015

Hello everyone, I don't think I've shared this with you already. I'm
co-curating a game art exhibition with Lindsay Grace at DiGRA 2015.
This might be interesting for you and your students too, feel free to
It's less than two weeks to the deadline.

Blank Arcade: Games out of Joint

Blank Arcade arrives in Germany after its successful 2014 edition in
Salt Lake City, Utah. Blank Arcade: Games out of Joint is more than
just a sequel, mod or expansion pack. It revisits its own concept
through an exhibition of experimental games and artworks that push the
boundaries of game design and theory. The curators invite artists,
scholars and designers to propose works that investigate and question
the ‘instrumentality’ of entertainment. We are more and more
surrounded by video games that propose to be more than just ‘for fun’:
games for health, education, social and civic engagement and so on.
But what else can games be? How can games be used for trouble-making,
rather than problem-solving? How can games become environments for
posing new questions about our society, beliefs, and lives in general?

Submitted works can include digital and analog games, video,
intervention and traditional mediums. The curator of Blank Arcade:
Games out of joint invite submissions for a showcase of games and
related media to be displayed at the DiGRA conference at the Leuphana
Centre for Digital Cultures, in Lüne­burg, Germany, May 14-17th. The
conference typically has more than 250 participants, mostly academic
scholars and designers interested in the new frontiers of the study of
digital games. The works will be available for play by conference
attendees and the visiting public.

Work may be handled and played with – please plan accordingly.

Selected works will be displayed during the DIGRA 2015 conference, May
14-17th. This showcase blends exhibition style display with the
openness of arcades. Work may be handled and played with – please plan
accordingly. Visitors will be allowed to play the work in whatever
context is appropriate. The conference typically has more than 250
participants from a variety of academic disciplines in games.

Submitters may elect to have their work shown on a video reel
displayed in parallel to the exhibit.

Exhibitors and artists must provide any technology or materials needed
to present the work. Because of budget restrictions, agreements about
shipping costs will be made with the selected applicants. Board games,
card games, and toys are welcome as well as digital works. Artists
will be responsible for setting up their own work. Submitters may
elect to have their work shown on a video reel displayed in parallel
to the exhibit.
Exhibitors may also be invited to participate in an Artist/Designer
panel at the conference.

Submission Requirements:

Please visit the following website to submit your work for consideration:

Please visit the 2014 website for previous selections and artists:


You can also view the 2014 exhibit catalog for details about the exhibit:

Additional information may be requested upon review.

Deadline: February 28th, 2015

Lindsay Grace | http://www.ProfessorGrace.com
Twitter: @Mindtoggle http://twitter.com/mindtoggle

Paolo Ruffino | http://www.paoloruffino.com
Twitter: @Paolo Ruffino http://twitter.com/paoloruffino

The games and play experiences that most appropriately meet the shows
theme and venue will be selected.

About DiGRA:
Founded in 2003, DiGRA is the premiere international association for
academics and professionals who research digital games and associated
phenomena. It encourages high-quality research on games, and promotes
collaboration and dissemination of work by its members. It’s Executive
Board is made up of a variety of international scholars.
DiGRA 2015 is being hosted at Leuphana University Lüneburg by the
Centre for Digital Cultures, Gamification Lab and Art and Civic Media.
The event will be held on May 14th-17th in Lüneburg, Germany.

More information about the 2015 conference can be viewed at :

Curated by Lindsay Grace and Paolo Ruffino



Digital Games Research Association 2015 Conference
Scharnhorststraße 1
Lüneburg, 21335

Paolo Ruffino

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