Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan: On Power and Play in Virtual Worlds
1980-2018, Various artists, Various nations, ca. 60 min.
- Thu, Apr 18th 6:00pm
Critics Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan, winners of the 2018 Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Awards in Digital Art, engage in a wide-ranging conversation about the social and political dynamics embedded in virtual reality, games, digital art, and software design. Considering the work of Ramsey Nasser, Jenova Chen, Hyphen-Labs, Porpentine, Lucia Grossberger-Morales, Marina Zurkow, among others, the two pose critical questions about the ways new technologies interact with constructions of race, class, the self, and the other. Chan’s writing focuses on the sociopolitical implications of digital art. Flanagan is the author of the landmark book "Critical Play: Radical Game Design" (2009), among many others. Presented in partnership with the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)
Authors Dawn Chan and Mary Flanagan are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.
Note: Admission for this program is free for SAIC students; $5 for everyone else.