ISAGA 2015: Hybrid Simulation & Gaming

ISAGA, die International Simulation and Gaming Association, eine der ältesten Gemeinschaften von Menschen mit Interesse an Spiel und Simulation, hält gemeinsam mit JASAG, der Japan Association of Simulation And Gaming, ihre 46. Jahreskonferenz in Kyoto (17-20. Juli 2015) ab. Das Thema dieses Jahr lautet „Hybrid Simulation & Gaming in the Network Society“.

ISAGA wurde in den 1970ern gegründet und führt Designer und Forscher zusammen, die in den Feldern Computer Gaming, Interaktive Medien, Serious Gaming, neue Lerntechnologien und vielen weiteren Bereichen wirken, um gemeinsam sich sozialen Herausforderungen zu stellen. ISAGA sind zahlreiche regionale Organisationen angeschlossen und eine davon ist die JASAG, die in den 1980ern gegründet wurde. Beide Vereinigungen haben erkannt, dass Gaming die Grenzen der Geistes-, Sozial- und Naturwissenschaften überschreitet und versuchen daher, wirklich interdisziplinäre Forschungs- und Designprojekte zu ermutigen.
Das Programm der ISAGA/JASAG 2015 Konferenz spiegelt diese Ziele wider und umfasst eine Fülle and Präsentationen und Game Sessions — zwei davon mit mir!
Das komplette Programm kann hier eingesehen werden.

Ich werde am 19. Juli sowohl einen Vortrag halten als auch eine Game Session leiten (beide wurden gemeinsam mit Julia Becker, Dortmund, geschrieben).

Live-Action Roleplay; or the Performance of Realities

(Oral Presentation, 13:45-14:45 am 19. Juli)
Live-Action Roleplay (larp) has been named a “new performative art,” an immersive experience, and an educational tool but it is much more, a playground of intermingling social and cultural realities, a door to new worlds. This paper offers an introduction to larp, its transcultural history, and its disruptive and creative possibilities, as well as key aspects, such as immersion and pervasiveness. It sets the theoretical frame for the game session “Staying Alive,” in which the researchers but also the audience engage in a shared “mimetic evocation of ‘real-life experience’.”

Many aspects of “everydayness” can be called collateral realities, realities that are done implicitly, unintentionally, such as nations, cultures, time, or distinctions of subject and object, of presenter and audience – realities that could be different. Taking performativity seriously, larp can be a tool to step outside of a Euro-American common-sense ontology and its singular reality “out there” by playing with collateral realities and making their production explicit. During a larp, players (“larpers”) consciously undo objects and meanings, space and even their very bodies to creatively weave new material-semiotic fabrics. They become cultural mediators between a world-that-supposedly-just-is and its partially connected others, in which Japaneseness or Chineseness may fade and Elvishness is translated into a reality. With a global player-base, larping is not only a practice of intersubjective or cultural negotiations but also of intrasubjective mediation of cultural realities.

Keywords: Collateral Realities, Cultural Mediation, Larp, Live-Action Roleplay, Performativity

Staying Alive: A Live-Action Roleplay about Judging A Human’s Worth

(Game Session, 16:30-18:30 am 19. Juli)
Staying Alive” is a Kafkaesque drama about a commission’s questioning and judging of ordinary citizens about their worth for human society. This live-action roleplay (larp) in the Nordic tradition takes place in a hearing room setting with inquisitors, aspirants and an unlimited number of people acting as members of the commission. A participating audience is also present, making the game a good introduction for non-larpers/spectators. This is a larp which questions our societal systems, social interactions and the consequences of expressing random judgments.

The diegetic framework or setting for “Staying Alive” is more or less our world, just a bit more than 200 years in the future.

“The year 2234: Over two hundred years have passed since the Antarctic ice began to melt beyond the point of no return. Sea levels have risen, countries have vanished, societies have changed.
The ‘Protectorate of Ararat-Matsya’ is one of the few remaining state-like entities, providing protected and dry living space for its citizens. Protectorates are no nation-states but have a more corporation-like character, which in a sense allows for hiring and firing citizens.
With an increasing population and ever receding coast lines, however, this space shrinks each day. The government and ruling corporations have created gated estates in the mountains for ‘privileged citizens’ – those who are an asset to society. This makes rigorous citizen evaluation necessary.

This larp is about such evaluations of people.”

Genre: Absurd realism
Duration: 2 hours
Actual play time: 1.5 hours
Number of participants (min-max): 15-unlimited.
Possible locations: Black box, gallery, classroom, conference room
Equipment: Tables, chairs, a podium or a stand for the Aspirants
Playing style: Realistic, but with plenty of improvisation
(This game was inspired by „A Mother’s Heart,“ conceptualised by Christina Christensen and Eirik Fatland; in Nilsen et al, 2013, Larps from the Factory (pp. 25–29). Copenhagen: Rollespilsakademiet).

Falls sich jemand in Kyoto herumtreibt (Ritsumeikan Suzaku Campus), kommt doch einfach vorbei und macht mit!