Join Kunal Gupta (Babycastles), Syed Salahuddin (Babycastles), Thu Tran (Food Party / Girl Talk), Neil Fridd (Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt) and give birth to a litter of cyborg arcade cabinets. We will combine independent games from local Dutch and French game developers, large stuffed animals, chef knives, colorful duct tape, assorted blinking electronics, and the virus-writing windows scripting software "AutoHotkey", and we will emerge with a new independent video games arcade in Rotterdam.
This hands-on lesson hopes to teach and encourage techiques that help transform a pile of material, electronics, and games into a social machine that is prepared for the unforeseen ways creative people might enjoy video games.
Joining the workshop also gives you free entrance to an afterparty featuring performances by Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt and a DJ-set by Marcus McBride, presentations by Vlambeer, Marc de Vreede and the FOPLONCU team, and of course it makes you one of the first contributors to this new initiative for creative coding and independent videogame development in the city of Rotterdam!
Buy your ticket now via the link above or to sign-up and for more info send mail to moddr[AT]worm.org !
!!! student discount !!!bring yr student ID card and get 50% off, or choose the 'reductie' option on the website!
Babycastles is an ongoing effort to increase New York City's engagement with independent video game development. Babycastles has reinvented the arcade a public gallery for independent game artworks and an overall social space for game culture. By encouraging and faciliating spaces to play independent games in New York museums, galleries, bars, music venues, parks, and other public places, Babycastles aims to build attention, accessibility, relevance, publicity, conversation, and economic support for independent video games activity in New York, establishing games as a mainstream & visible part of New York City's art ecosystem.
For nearly 10 years, NYC academic institutions pioneered a New York City independent game community, including Columbia University's Computer Science department, Parson's School of Design, the NYU Game Center, and the NYU-Poly Game Innovation Lab. in the more recent years years, Come Out & Play Festival and Games For Change furthered New York City's identity by championing specific forms of game culture in New York, focusing on games that interact with city geography, or games as social activism. Babycastles joins these efforts by establishing a public, extremely accessible, all-ages, non-academic institution for exhibiting and promoting independent game artists in New York City, bringing incredible worldwide attention to New York City as a model for independent video games as a public, exciting, subversive, and social art culture.
Thu Tran is the 5-foot-tall star of the Independent Film Channel television show Food Party. She is of Vietnamese descent and originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She now lives in Brooklyn. She crafts many of the puppets herself. She is also a cook. Thu first learned to cook from her parents and then attended the Cleveland Institute for Art. She then moved to New York and created food-themed art installations.
Kunal Gupta organizes an all-ages DIY art venue The Silent Barn, performs in the experimental music and art trio Loud Objects, and is a founder of art games movement Babycastles.
As a former student of NYU’s ITP program, Syed been involved in various transmedia projects that explore relationships and create dialogues between humans and machines. At ITP he mainly focused on creating games that wove gameplay into social spaces that took the form of arcades, LARPS, and ARGs. Recently he has been running a D.I.Y. independent video game arcade called Babycastles. Babycastles provides a space for people to exhibit their work within a social context of an Arcade. Currently, Syed is working with the Social Game Lab team as a consultant on their current game development endeavors.