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Blank Arcade: Call for Games and Play Experiences

Understanding design as research, the DIGRA 2014 committee invites submissions of games that fill in the blanks. Games should ostensibly fill in the blanks of design or ludic experience, offering new game play experiences, highlighting spaces that are relatively uninhabited by other playful experiences or that simply remind players to play differently. What types of play have been overlooked? How does your game expand, explore or further the practice of making play experiences? How does your game or toy work in the context of design as research?
 
DIGRA 2014 invites submissions for a showcase of games and related media to be displayed at the DIGRA conference in Snowbird Utah. Digital and analog play are both welcome. The games will be available for play by conference attendees and the visiting public.
 
The Venue
Selected works will be displayed during the DIGRA 2014 conference, August 3-6th. This showcase blends exhibition style display with the openness of arcades. Work may be handled and played with – please plan accordingly. Visitors will be allowed to play the work in whatever context is appropriate. The conference typically has more than 250 participants from a variety of academic disciplines in games.
 
Submitters may elect to have their work shown on a video reel displayed in parallel to the exhibit.
 
Exhibiting:
Exhibitors and artists must provide any technology or materials needed to present the work. All shipping is the responsibility of the submitter. Board games, card games, and toys are welcome as well as digital works.
 
Exhibitors will also be invited to participate in an Artist/Designer panel at the conference.
 
Submission Requirements:
 
Please complete the following form to submit your work for consideration: http://blanks.professorgrace.com
 
Additional information may be requested upon review.
 
Deadline: April 15th, 2014 (notification by May 15th)
Questions? Please send questions to art@ProfessorGrace.com – placing “DiGRA Exhibit” in the title of your message
 
Contact:
Associate Professor, Director Games Initiative and Persuasive Play Studio
American University, Film and Media Art
4400 Massachusetts Ave
Washington DC, 20016
Twitter: @Mindtoggle
 
A jury will select the games and play experiences that most appropriately meet the showcase theme and venue.
 
About DiGRA:
Founded in 2003, DiGRA is the premiere international association for academics and professionals who research digital games and associated phenomena. It encourages high-quality research on games, and promotes collaboration and dissemination of work by its members. It’s Executive Board is made up of a variety of international scholars.
 
DiGRA 2014 is being hosted by the University of Utah’s EAE program and will be held in the Wasatch Mountains at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort from August 3rd-6th. The location is scenic, secluded, economical, and within easy access of Salt Lake City’s International Airport. We believe it offers a unique setting in which to explore games, and the blanks in games research.
 
More information about the 2014 conference: http://digra2014.eae.utah.edu/