Invitation to: Ludic Economies: A Symposium on Value and Exchange in Contemporary Game Cultures (University of Southampton)

Play and games are at the heart of the new business models of mediatized global capitalism, attracting and sustaining attention, pioneering new techniques of payment and brand loyalty, lubricating the monetary and affective microtransactions of social media networks. The tensions are palpable: the social pleasures and spontaneous creativity of play harnessed to the late capitalist trajectories of ever greater mobilisation of everyday life for the aims of accumulation; the liminoid spaces of digital play gamified and punctuated by micro-payments.

Ludic Economies: a symposium on value and exchange in contemporary game cultures.

30th June 2015 12.30-18.00

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

This one-day symposium will ask what other economies, currencies, modes of exchange and values are now – or could be – in play. From the hybrid entrepreneurial-cooperative spaces of game development hubs to new networked relationships between producers and players, from theoretical and practical tactics for diversifying computer game cultures to games design for actual world intervention, we will draw on recent critical and creative work on the games and media industries, work that questions what ‘economy’ might mean for more sustainable design and play futures.

This event will feature cutting edge research including the recent AHRC videogame network project on indie game development Creative Territories<>, crowd-funding for alternative games development, the role of non-profit games hubs, all female game jams, advergaming, e-sports, walkthrough entrepreneurship, theories of cultural value, the widening of participation in game development, and the gift economies of co-creation in online gameplay.

Confirmed speakers:

Dan Ashton (Winchester School of Art)

Patrick Crogan (University of the West of England, Bristol)

Constance Fleuriot (independent game developer)

Josh Jarrett (University of the West of England, Bristol)

Helen W Kennedy (Brighton University)

Ashok Ranchod (Winchester School of Art)

Vanissa Wanick (Winchester School of Art)

There will be a mini-arcade of projects from WSA’s new BA Games Design & Art<>.

Ludic Economies is run by the Design & Media Ecologies Lab<>, and the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design, & Media<>, in collaboration with the Games Design Hub<> and the MA Global Media Management<>. The event will be held at the University of Southampton’s WSA campus in Winchester: Park Avenue SO23 8DL.

Ludic Economies is free, but places are limited. Please contact Seth Giddings:<>


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