LCAD’s MFA Program in Art of Game Design Presents a Distinguished Guest Lecture »
LCAD’s MFA Program in Art of Game Design presents a Distinguished Guest Lecture:
Dr. Stefano Gualeni on “Game Design as a Self-Transformative Process”
and Michelle Westerlaken on “Playful Encounters Between Animals and Humans”
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Laguna College of Art and Design, Main Campus, Studio 1
2222 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Open to the Public
“Game Design as a Self-Transformative Process”
Dr. Stefano Gualeni, University of Malta
Can video games invite us to explore and propose new philosophical ideas? Is crafting virtual worlds a philosophical practice? On the basis of his 2015 book Virtual Worlds as Philosophical Tools, Dr. Stefano Gualeni will provide the basic philosophical foundations and a few design examples concerning the possibilities and limitations of computer games as mediators of thought.
“Playful Encounters Between Animals and Humans”
Michelle Westerlaken, University of Malmö
Playful encounters between animals and humans are nothing new. However, the field of game/play design for animals emerged only recently. In this talk, Michelle Westerlaken, PhD candidate in interaction/game design at Malmö University (Sweden), will introduce the design of playful artifacts and games for and with other species. By discussing recent examples and sharing what she learned from her own projects that include cats, dogs, and ants, she hopes to inspire others to start thinking about the potential of this exciting research and design field.
About the lecturers:
Dr. Stefano Gualeni is a Senior Lecturer and researcher at the University of Malta. Being both a philosopher who designs computer games and a game designer who is passionate about philosophy, Stefano studies virtual worlds in their role as mediators of thought. In his work, they are treated as interactive, artificial environments where philosophical ideas, alternative world-views, and thought-experiments can be explored, manipulated, and communicated objectively. In summer, he is a visiting professor at the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) in Laguna Beach.
Michelle Westerlaken is a PhD candidate in interaction/game design at Malmö University (K3) in Sweden. Her research centers around the design of playful interactions for – and with – animals. By inviting animals as players and co-designers, she aims to create speculative scenarios that challenge the anthropocentric focus of several social practices. Besides doing her research, she teaches university courses on the topics of playful interaction and experimental game design.