This week we will be reading chapters 23-25 of Understanding Media. Chapter 24 is titled: “Games – The Extensions of Man”. So I have asked Kars Alfrink, founder, partner and principal designer at Hubbub to give a short talk about games and McLuhan and engage with us in a further exploration of the the topic.
The conversation will be on Monday, May 6th at 16:00 CET (click here for your own timezone).
We will use Adobe Connect for the session. You can launch Adobe Connect using the following URL:
Hubbub is an international design studio that researches, designs and develops new games and forms of play, to spark social change. They have an incredibly diverse portfolio of game projects that is well worth exploring. Many people in the Netherlands have seen the Playing with Pigs project in the media:
But his other games deserve at least as much attention. Check out the game he designed for the Dutch tax office as a way to engender organization change:
Kars will talk about play and games and how non-institutionalized play is different from institutionalized games. As preparation, it would be good to read a blog post that he wrote after delivering a lecture at the Hide & Seek Weekender last year. It is titled:
As always it would be good if you could let me know if you will be at this virtual discussion: