Trinity Square Video and Dames Making Games are seeking submissions for the annual Themed Commission: a program inviting creative practitioners to produce or workshop new projects in a collaborative environment of like-minded artists.
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Presented by Trinity Square Video and Dames Making Games
Supported by EQ Bank
DEADLINE: May 31, 2020 June 14, 2020
Submissions are now closed.
Titled Remote Realities, this year’s theme will focus on how one plays in isolation; how isolation shapes our preferences in play and what reactions to games are being cultivated in this current reality. This situation encourages and inspires us to invent or reinvent activities to provide entertainment while in isolation. We are interested in these newly founded feelings towards play and the cravings and rewards that come from these re/inventions. Some of us have reached our bandwidth for screens and online communication, while others are experimenting with new avenues for play.
In times of isolation and separation we find the ways we play games inverted, with digital games needing to recreate the physical spaces we crave to occupy, and analog games that thrive in physical spaces being moved into digital forms of play. How can the shifting of both digital and analog game forms create new modes of transmedial play? In exploring the respective strengths of digital and analog game design, and our present restrictions, how can we rethink what interaction and connection look like through games? Remote Realities asks, how can a game contribute to the health of your current experience and how would you like to play within material or virtual settings?
Proposed projects might address (but are not limited to) the following questions:
Each selected artist will be given access to Trinity Square Video and Dames Makes Games production and post-production equipment and facilities. Participating artists are expected to participate in group critiques and planning sessions, and will be expected to complete their project (or a draft of their project) in time for a group presentation in October 2020.
Submissions will be reviewed by the Trinity Square Video and Dames Making Games Programming Committees who will make selections based on the proposed project’s innovation, feasibility, aesthetic potential, and conceptual merits.
While each project is created separately, the artists will participate in group-critiques of works-in-progress, where they can receive peer-support and feedback.
Artist resources being offered are with the expectation of the ability to access the physical spaces needed to work on your games. In the event that work and delivery of projects needs to be remote we will work with each artist to ensure they have the resources and support they need to complete their projects remotely.
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