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Saturday, July 24 • 12:30 - 14:00
The Counterfeit Realities of Interactive Fiction. Authoring a pirated history of places, bodies and rituals.

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With The Counterfeit Realities of Interactive Fiction I want to try and weave together a sprawling argument about interactive fiction, that spans across the legacy of colonialism, the bureaucratic tyranny of citizenship and the relationship of individual identity and collective histories - into contemporary political protest and the role of hypertext in the enunciation of dissent.

But most of all I want to examine Interactive Fiction as an extension of folk-theatre where it may be possible to imagine the performance of disembodied and democratic identities without the burden of nationhood. And I want to argue why hypertext might be a precursor to a fundamental change in how bodies, sites and territories are demarcated and how histories are recorded.

The workshop will combine lecture, discussion and short writing and playing exercises that use the interactive fiction tool : Twine. And the goal of the workshop would be to examine the confluence of political and contemporary history, postcolonial thought and practice and interactive fiction - and how game authors and creators might contribute to the enunciation of a generous and inclusive political order.

While there is no prior skill or knowledge required, a familiarity with interactive fiction will certainly help and the workshop will be particularly suited to authors, game creators, and those interested in the confluence of electronic media and contemporary historiography. Note : the workshop will be conducted in English.

Access to a computer which can run Twine (https://twinery.org/). Pen, Paper, Scissors & Glue.

Sensitive Topics
The workshop intends to confront various political beliefs and their manifestation.
In particular the workshop will delve into an examination of the violent occupation of Kashmir, and the plight of refugees. It will also discuss state sanctioned violence, incarceration and persecution of subaltern and indegenious people and the violent suppression of dissent. All of these will usually be discussed in the context of post colonial SouthEast Asia, though broader examples and conclusions might occasionally be drawn.
This workshop will be given via Zoom.

EUR €19.51 (Incl. EUR 1,82 Fee + EUR 2,69 VAT)

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Dhruv Jani

Dhruv is the founder of a game research & arts studio called Oleomingus; Where he practices at the Intersection of post colonial writing, speculative architecture and interactive fiction.  He uses games to study colonial power structures and the histories that they occlude and how... Read More →

Saturday July 24, 2021 12:30 - 14:00 CEST

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