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Welcome to the live streaming program of A MAZE. / Berlin 2021 - Hyper Hybrid- 10th International Games and Playful Media Festival. 3.5 days of hand selected sessions for everyone who loves an inclusive, respectful and meaningful future for games, playful media and their creators. You can follow our festival program live on our A MAZE. / Berlin website, the A MAZE. YouTube channel, in the A MAZE. SPACE and on our Festival Discord. Get your festival tickets here

All links will get communicated here and on our festival website. #AMaze2021

Schedule not final, there are still  sessions added in the coming days.

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Wednesday, July 21
 

10:00 CEST

A MAZE. Bazaar - 2nd International Arthouse Games Market
The A MAZE. Bazaar - 2. International Arthouse Games Market in cooperation with gamesweekberlin is the only and first market for arthouse games, independent games and playful media productions which gives authors and digital artists the opportunity to meet with publishers, funding institutions, art institutions and collaborators. The marketplace will be open on Wednesday, July 21st from 10a.m. to 6p.m. CEST

Get your ticket here

We are also delighted having a view talks during the A MAZE. Bazaar.
Michael Liebe (Kickstarter)
Chris Wulf

Funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, in cooperation with gamesweekberlin and sponsored by Xsolla Diamond Club


Wednesday July 21, 2021 10:00 - 18:00 CEST
Meet To Match

18:00 CEST

6. Quartett der Spielekultur
The Quartet of Game Culture illuminates the artistic and cultural aspects of outstanding games. As in the »literary« original from German television, one moderator and three guests each choose a computer game and discuss its special features in terms of content and aesthetics. Sometimes euphoric, sometimes critical, but always with a passion for games!

Link to the premiere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cXTdkHeebs

The 6th Quartet of Games Culture will take place as part of A MAZE / Berlin and will premiere on YouTube on 21 July 2021 from 6 pm. This time, everything revolves around rule-breaking and non-conformity under the title »Frag The System!«. How much punk is there in computer games? Can we rebel against their rule systems? And which soundtrack would still sound really good on a scraggly electric guitar? Moderator Dennis Kogel will discuss these and other questions with Thorsten S. Wiedemann (A MAZE.), Lara Keilbart (ComicInvasion, freelance journalist) and Sonja Wild (WASD Bookazine).

Wednesday July 21, 2021 18:00 - 19:30 CEST
Offstream

20:00 CEST

Opening Speech by Festival Director
Thorsten S. Wiedemann, founder and director of A MAZE. will say a lot to finally kick off the celebration of 10 years of A MAZE. / Berlin.

Artists
avatar for Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Thorsten S. Wiedemann

A MAZE.
Thorsten S. Wiedemann is founder and director of A MAZE.. He produces and curates under this international label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he... Read More →


Wednesday July 21, 2021 20:00 - 20:30 CEST
Livestream

21:00 CEST

Nanotopia’s Midnight Mushroom Music Living Mycelium - Premiere

During the performance Metaverse Artist R00T is embodying the Mycelium spirit through an interpretive dance together with other Mycelials from the MCSA.

Terrestrials visiting Mycelia might find themselves able to interact with the virtual Mycelia organism that is connected to Living physical mycelium. Touching the Mycelia organism triggers sensors in the physical world, behaving as a form of physical touch. The real-world mycelium responds sonically* & visually within Mycelia.

Space is limited to these performances - registration is required to ensure you experience these events in VRChat. All performances are PWYC with a suggested donation of 10 €.  Register here.

Mycelia resides in VRChat and requires a PCVR compatible headset. No Quest supported (except when using the pc version via virtual desktop or airlink). PC users without VR headset can also access the world in 2D desktop mode through VRChat.

Make sure to install VRChat, setup your profile and walk through the tutorial if you are a new user: https://store.steampowered.com/app/438100/VRChat/

For folks without a headset or PC there will be free live streamed performances:
July 21st 21:00CEST https://youtu.be/XBiV09kHVTA
July 22nd 21:00CEST https://youtu.be/MxasZY0j1U8
July 24 23:00CEST https://youtu.be/9z8MXDVy-4M

Credits:

Mycelia original concept by:
Tosca Terán & Sara Lisa Vogl

Mycelia world created by:
The MCSA

Avatars created by:
The MCSA
Tyson Cross
Tosca Terán
Sara Lisa Vogl

Generative ambient reactive audio:
Nanotopia
Ganoderma lucidum
Pleurotus ostreatus

Atmospheric audio & performance audio set-up:
The MCSA’s Tonetastic

Artists
avatar for Tosca Terán (CA)

Tosca Terán (CA)

Nanotopia
Nanotopia are interdisciplinary, human holobionts whose work is a confluence of art, ecology, and craft.  With funding, and residencies from the Goethe-Institute, Canada Arts, BigCi Environmental Award, Ars Electronica, and Coalesce Centre for Biological Art for their fungal bio-data... Read More →


Wednesday July 21, 2021 21:00 - 22:00 CEST
VRChat

22:00 CEST

Cracks (used to be called This is Reality)
Cracks is a "relationship platformer", and is a beautiful, heartfelt exploration of a modern relationship through the medium of game mechanics, with a unique art style that mimics watercolors.

Wednesday July 21, 2021 22:00 - 23:00 CEST
Open Screens
 
Thursday, July 22
 

10:00 CEST

Elephants Remember
Elephants Remember is the second track in the Off-Score Project, an interactive music album.

You are lost, without memory and without direction. But there’s a heavy weight on your chest. To lift it, you must let the music and lyrics guide you to your past.

Can you remember what you did? Will you regret what you’ve done? And now that you can see it, will you do something differently?

Thursday July 22, 2021 10:00 - 11:00 CEST
Open Screens

11:00 CEST

Coffee and Croissants with ...
A daily breakfast session with A MAZE. Program Curator, Zuraida Buter and a guest. They open the day with a cup of coffee and talk about the festival, what has happened and what's to come.

Today we're kicking off with a Tour through the A MAZE. Space. Today's guest will be Sickhouse & The Overkill's creative director Marie Janin. Zuraida and Marie have been visiting different digital spaces in the past year under the name Exploration Mode. Today they will explore the A MAZE space, and you can follow along! 

Artists
avatar for Marie Janin (FR / NL)

Marie Janin (FR / NL)

Sickhouse
Marie is an artist and curator from France, working in the Netherlands. She is using gaming, play and interactivity as filters to look at art and the developments of our digital culture. Crossovers and interdisciplinary projects are inherent to her work. In 2012 she started as art... Read More →
avatar for Zuraida Buter (NL)

Zuraida Buter (NL)

zo-ii / Playful Arts Festival / A MAZE.
she/herProgram Curator A MAZE. / BerlinCo-founder Playful Arts Festival (NL)


Thursday July 22, 2021 11:00 - 11:30 CEST
Livestream

11:00 CEST

Frozen Factory / Curvature Games
Frozen Factory is a cooperative puzzle game for the Oculus Quest for two co-located players. Both players slip into the role of two penguin workers, in a world that seems to be a vast ice cream factory. However, they are actually tiny penguins inside a Frozen Factory branded vending machine! Your job: create a tasty ice cream for a demanding customer! The key to success… co-operation! Both players must complete a series of chaotic co-operative tasks against the clock. From baking the cone, to whipping cream, to literally putting the cherry on top.

Thursday July 22, 2021 11:00 - 12:00 CEST
Open Screens

11:00 CEST

Workshop about the German federal games fund
Germany is the world’s fifth-largest market for computer and video games. In order to achieve international competitiveness for the national games industry the German government has introduced a federal games funding programme. Since the end of September 2020 games companies can submit applications for funding to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). In the workshop, which is aimed at an international audience, Ina Göring (Senior Manager Funding at game) will introduce you to the programme, summarize the key facts for you and answer your questions regarding how the funding could work for international companies interested in opening game studios or business premises in Germany or publishers who are interested in working with German studios.

Audience
Recommended for everyone who wants to learn more about the federal games funding programme and, of course, international companies / their representatives interested in opening game studios or business premises in Germany.

Requirements
Just an internet connection is needed to attend to the workshop via Zoom.


Register here and you will receive the link via e-mail


Artists
avatar for Ina Göring

Ina Göring

At game, Ina is the association's contact for all questions regarding funding-related topics and supports the regional agencies in their work. Having worked at Medienboard, ILB (federal bank of Brandenburg) and as a film producer, she possess a vast and profound knowledge in the media... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 11:00 - 14:00 CEST
Offstream

11:30 CEST

Romancing the Myths and Legends of Southeast Asia
Our indie games journey in being seduced by the unseen in our own backyard.

Artists
avatar for Saqina Latif (MY)

Saqina Latif (MY)

Saqina Latif is the co-founder of narrative indie games studio, Persona Theory Games, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The studio's main focus is to tell Southeast Asian stories through games. In her free time, she takes care of the company's 3 studio cats and collecting anything... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 11:30 - 12:15 CEST
Livestream

12:00 CEST

Teenage Blob
Teenage Blob is a split release between the music band The Superweaks and the game band Team Lazerbeam. A combination 6 games and 6 songs, Teen Blob imagines a future where indie rock and punk games collide in an explosion of bands, butts and bootleg battletoads.

Thursday July 22, 2021 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
Open Screens

12:15 CEST

Help me rebuild my broken alt-controller game!
What can you do with a broken alternative controller game? Make another one, of course!

During this livestream, audience members will help me rebuild my alternative controller game, Void of Memory (featured in A MAZE Open Screens 2019 - here is a description: https://juliamakivic.com/Games-Interactive/Void-of-Memory-Pt-3).

I recently moved countries and Void of Memory was broken during the process. I had originally planned to repair it on my own, but instead I would like to build a new alt controller using the broken fragments and hardware of the original game. The audience will decide how the breakage and fragments of the original game can be used to create a new alternative controller with a unqiue functionality and history. This livestream will involve a combination of live coding, soldering, making and crafting, and will result in a new alternative controller game influenced by audience participation.

Artists
avatar for Julia Makivic (RS)

Julia Makivic (RS)

Julia (she/her) is a game designer and creative technologist who divides her time between London and Belgrade. She creates web-based narrative games and alternative controller games using Raspberry Pi, Arduino and various sensors.Her games explore what it means to have an emotional... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 12:15 - 13:00 CEST
Livestream

13:00 CEST

Dark Fracture
Dark Fracture is a psychological horror experience in which you explore an ever-changing world where reality and nightmares collide. Walk on the edge of madness in the shoes of a tormented soul as you descend into the darkest depths of the human psyche, and question everything you see.

Thursday July 22, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 CEST
Open Screens

13:30 CEST

Terra Nil and the Value of Nature
The natural world is often unconsciously overlooked, yet is an integral part of our lives. This talk will look at some of the ways nature has inspired design and direction in the strategy game Terra Nil.

https://www.devolverdigital.com/games/terra-nil
https://freelives.net/

Artists
avatar for Sam Alfred (SA)

Sam Alfred (SA)

Free Lives
Sam Alfred (he/him)is a game developer from South Africa where he works at Free Lives. Sam is lead designer and programmer on Terra Nil - a reverse city builder about ecosystem reconstruction.


Thursday July 22, 2021 13:30 - 14:00 CEST
Livestream

14:00 CEST

Playful Museums
Museums tell stories. Games tell stories. Both in their own way and with their specific intensity. Let’s combine the two! 

Games are an opportunity for institutions to attract new audiences and interact in new ways with existing audiences. How can museums pivot their stories and experiences to become as engaging for broad groups of people as the stories and experiences that people have with games?

According to the DFC Intelligence report (via GameRant), more than 3 billion people worldwide play video games in their free time. That’s almost 40% of the world's population! Given gaming’s enormous popularity, how can museums use the creativity of game designers and players to realise their goals and visions? What would it take for museums to be more appealing and inviting to game developers and the creative scene?

We’ll talk about these questions as they relate to our Game Jam "A World in Motion", which took place just before the A MAZE Festival. Game designers from all over the world worked with seven Leibniz Research Museums to develop a game that connected the institutions.




Moderators
Artists
avatar for Anna Dohy (NL)

Anna Dohy (NL)

Anna Dohy (she/her) is a game developer and digital designer at Pixplicity, The Netherlands.
avatar for Diana Modarressi-Tehrani (DE)

Diana Modarressi-Tehrani (DE)

Diana Modarressi-Tehrani (she/her) is a prehistoric archaeologist with a soft spot for early metal crafts and human history. Research, collecting, outreach, strategy - she loves to break new ground and shape change. For her, playful learning is the ease of knowledge transfer within... Read More →
avatar for Dominik von Roth (DE)

Dominik von Roth (DE)

Dominik von Roth (he/him) is a culture geek: musicologist by training, passionate for arts and aesthetics, museum as his mission.Twitter: @GNM_NuernbergInstagram: germanisches_nationalmuseum... Read More →
avatar for Rosanna Lopez (PH)

Rosanna Lopez (PH)

Rosanna has dedicated the past 15 years to working with kids around the globe, developing programs that lie at the intersection of play, learning, making and STEM. She has worked with young people in Asia, the Americas, the Caribbean and the Middle East through organizations such... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 14:00 - 14:45 CEST
Livestream

14:00 CEST

Map to Utopia
Map To Utopia is an interactive performance that combines new media with the possibilities of technology and role-play experience.

Our audiences are invited to interact within a fictional, exemplary metropolis consisting of four different districts. Accompanied by five performers, participants will assume the roles of residents or urban developers, meeting and exchanging with one another.

The space of the event is a Zoom meeting. Participants also need a smartphone with the M2U Rooms app installed. They will discover their avatar via this app. Each of the 40 participants has an individual avatar that is connected to the others. This network of connections will be explored by the participants in groups, 1 to 1 or in random meetings as they face the everyday problems of urban society.

Thursday July 22, 2021 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
Open Screens

14:00 CEST

The A MAZE-eum of Multiplayer Art: Create and explore an online space together
Workshop
In April 2020, Paolo Pedercini opened the likelike Online Museum of Multiplayer Art, an online, interactive, multiplayer gallery space. Since then, Paolo has made the museum’s source code freely available, leading to a proliferation of likelike-likes. In this workshop, we will work together to create our own A MAZE likelike-like space.

Participants will each create their own room in the space, and the workshop will finish with a group tour and celebration of everybody’s rooms.

Audience
No prior experience is needed. You will primarily be creating and uploading your room using a paint program of your choice. And for those of you with a bit of programming experience, you will have the option to develop custom playful interactions for your room too.

Requirements
Access to Zoom for the video call and a web browser to edit the rooms using glitch.com.

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

Get your tickets here!
Only 20 tickets available

Artists
avatar for James Morwood

James Morwood

James is a game maker living in Dundee who loves finding new ways to play, most often through zines and tiny digital games. James is also a part of Bit Loom who recently released their first game PHOGS! and Biome Collective, a group of digital artists collaborating and supporting... Read More →
avatar for Niall Moody

Niall Moody

Niall Moody is an artist and game developer, as well as a member of Biome Collective and a lecturer at Abertay University. He is interested in games and play, particularly forms of games (like folkgames) that can be collectively modified on the fly by their players.twitter: @Nia... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Offstream

15:00 CEST

EGO POLLUTION MADNESS
A 2D open-world action platformer that combines a fast and skillful game mode with puzzle-solving and a captivating narrative, which you'll enjoy through the exploration of a huge Cyber-Fantasy environment composed of non-linear areas where pollution has life on the verge of extinction.

You play as Proto, a little hero with a mission to help restore the forces of the elemental spirit of life, fighting with his magic Yo-Yo and the M-Tech 00 (cyber prosthesis) against pollution monsters created by an evil corporation. As you help the spirit of life regain its strength, you'll gain experience, skills, improvements for your M-Tech 00, and allies to help you in your adventure. You'll learn how the planet reached this terrible situation where life is not sustainable, as well as understand the responsibility, and the actions that we humans must avoid to prevent this possible future.

Thursday July 22, 2021 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
Open Screens

15:00 CEST

A MAZE. Live Cooking Show: Boerenkool with Céline Veltman
The A MAZE Live Cooking Show returns!

After the success of last year we are doing it again! A couple of chefs from the A MAZE. community are ready to share their favourite local dish, cook it on the livestream while they are interviewed about their practice.

Are you ready to join our chefs? We are sharing the ingredients so you can cook along!

Share your cookalong thoughts & media via twitter (#AMaze2021, #AMAZELiveCooking) or on our discord channel.

Today:

Boerenkool with Céline Veltman

It’s “Boerenkool”! Literally translated; Farmers kale.
Its super easy, very traditional Dutch; everyone knows and eats it here in the Netherlands. Its very easily adjustable to your own taste and most of the ingredients can be found anywhere. Usually cooked in the winter with sausage and bacon but this would be my personal vegetarian/vegan variation of course! And fuck it, eat it in summer too, it's very healthy.

Materials & Utensils needed
- pan with lid
- frying pan
- Cutting knife
- Cutting board
- a potato masher (or other contraption)

The ingredients are: 

For the “stamppot” (potato mash mix)
- kale!! (you can replace it with sauerkraut)
- potatoes, the ones you can mash
- vegan butter or olive oil
- vegan milk (optional)
- nutmeg

for the homemade Jus: 
- onion
- bayleaf
- vegetable stock
- rosemary or thyme. maybe both
- small amount of flour

garnish:
- more kale!
- pickles
- mustard
- nuts ( either walnuts, pecan or cashew. pick your fav) - tempeh (optional, to substitute the bacon) - anything you like

Moderators
avatar for Delphine Fourneau (CA/FR)

Delphine Fourneau (CA/FR)

Delphine Fourneau (aka Dziff) (she/her) is a french video game artist and is part of the Klondike Collective.

Artists
avatar for Céline Veltman (NL)

Céline Veltman (NL)

Céline Veltman (she/her them/they) is an artist based out of Utrecht, Netherlands.They are best known for their work on Hidden Folks and various smaller games that mix digital and traditional art - often times experimenting with various other mediums; hardware, photography, or all... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
Livestream

16:00 CEST

Silicon Dreams | cyberpunk interrogation
It’s 2065, and you are an interrogator-model android tasked with rooting out deviants among your own kind. You must probe for lies, monitor and exploit emotional spikes, earn the trust of your subjects, and make the final call: release, or destroy?

Thursday July 22, 2021 16:00 - 17:00 CEST
Open Screens

16:30 CEST

Speed Painting for a Crowd-Controlled Critic
Alistair (he/him) will be painting live on-stream using input from chat, to please an AI critic controlled by you, the viewer!

CriticBot is watching the canvas through a webcam, and scoring it from 0% Art to 100% Art based on what colours it detects. Type in a colour combination to change what CriticBot wants to see. Type in "art is..." to decide what the artist must depict.

Every time a the audience changes the prompts the artist must paint over his existing work to adapt to the new demands!

Can our artist keep up with the rapidly-shifting zeitgeist? Can he achieve his dream and make the perfect painting? Can you, his digitally-connected muse, help him conjure up a unique and beautiful mess?


Thursday July 22, 2021 16:30 - 17:15 CEST
Livestream

17:00 CEST

Time Bandit
Time Bandit is a dark life sim where everything you do takes time.

Place down a robot to push a box for you, for example, and it will take an actual half an hour to finish. By saving the game and coming back periodically to make progress, you are invited to explore your habits, rituals, and experience of time in general, particularly as it relates to work and exploitation.

Time Bandit is an explicitly anticapitalist game with a slowly unfolding melodrama of political intrigue, dealing with themes of technological automation, economic crisis, environmental catastrophe, and radical change.

Thursday July 22, 2021 17:00 - 18:00 CEST
Open Screens

17:00 CEST

From Ideas to Art Director: How to Research for your Game
Workshop
Got an awesome game idea, but not sure where to go from there? Learn the basics of researching for your game in this interactive 2 hour workshop that includes where to start, things to consider, and what to do after.

Audience
For people who want to make games but don't know where to start, and aspiring creative/art directors.

Requirements
I would recommend a Pinterest account and a tablet + pen. Paper and pencil is fine too, I would recommend a notebook/sketchbook for their ideas.

This workshop will be given via Zoom.

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

Get your tickets here!
Only 20 tickets available

Artists
avatar for Corina Diaz (CA)

Corina Diaz (CA)

Mighty Yell
Corina is the marketing director at Mighty Yell Studios. She has enjoyed over 10 years in marketing and community strategy, working with brands in anime, entertainment & games. She also heads communications at WINGS Interactive which funds projects from gender-diverse teams. At Mighty... Read More →
avatar for Saffron Aurora (CA)

Saffron Aurora (CA)

Saffron Aurora (she/her) is an art director and game developer in Toronto with a background in comics and game design. She is the art director at Mighty Yell Studios for their game The Big Con and her own company Kitten Cup Studio, currently developing Pekoe. She has previously worked... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 17:00 - 19:00 CEST
Offstream

17:15 CEST

Nainai’s Recipe - Food and Game
Food is love. In this talk, we will share our take on making our food tasty, and how our cultural background influenced us in developing Nainai’s Recipe.

https://nainaisrecipe.com/

Artists
avatar for Fan Fang

Fan Fang

Fan (she/her) is a recent graduates from NYU’s Game Center. Fan comes from a digital media background. Fan has a strong interest in making stylized games and explore game's cultural quality.Twitter: @Fann_Fan... Read More →
avatar for Mai Hou

Mai Hou

Mai (he/him) is a recent graduate from NYU’s Game Center. Mai was a front-end engineer for over 6 years. He has a strong interest in making stylized games and explore game's cultural quality.Twitter: @houkanshan... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 17:15 - 17:45 CEST
Livestream

18:00 CEST

Tattoo Lottery
Please send in your tattoo design and become part of the tattoo lottery. Thorsten S. Wiedemann, festival director of A MAZE. wants to celebrate the 10th anniversary of A MAZE. / Berlin with 1 or more tattoos. All designs will be printed out, folded and thrown into a bowl. During this quick draw session the lucky tattoo will be picked. The amount of picks decides the dice.

Rules:
Size: max. 50x50mm
Color: bw
Style: minimal

*Anomynous entries won't be accepted.
*For the festival director's skin the code of conduct applies too.

You want be be part of this. Please fill out the form. All designs will also be published on the festival website.








Artists
avatar for Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Thorsten S. Wiedemann

A MAZE.
Thorsten S. Wiedemann is founder and director of A MAZE.. He produces and curates under this international label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 18:00 - 18:30 CEST
Urban Spree - Berlin

18:00 CEST

Imaginaria
Imaginaria' is a term describing both a night watch and the night watcher. You're in charge of Imaginaria duty tonight, in a godforsaken Antarctic station. Inspired by the dev’s experiences living in Antarctica for 15 months, Imaginaria is equal parts visual novel, walking sim and documentary.

Thursday July 22, 2021 18:00 - 19:00 CEST
Open Screens

19:00 CEST

Control:Override
Control:Override is a cyber-neon puzzle game where you play as a hacker on a mission to stop a rogue AI that he himself had created.
Solve puzzles.
Break through the AI's security layers.
Reach the core.
Terminate the AI.
But should you?

Thursday July 22, 2021 19:00 - 20:00 CEST
Open Screens

19:00 CEST

[Cancelled] Kickstarter x A MAZE. Artist and Creators Gathering
We are happy to invite you to the Kickstarter x A MAZE. Artist and Creators Gathering in the A MAZE. / SPACE, a 3D downloadable immersive creative environment in which you can interact with others, participate in playful activities, talk about games and creative projects and of course, enjoy all the exhibits.

In live stream and conversation:
Anya Comb, Director of Games Outreach
Thorsten S. Wiedemann, Artistic Director

Please keep in mind, voice chat is activated only in designated areas. In order to become a chatty pink flamingo, first you have to join A MAZE. Discord server (https://discord.gg/Dr8eqb8f) .

Artists
avatar for Anya Combs (US)

Anya Combs (US)

Kickstarter
Anya Combs (she/her) is the Director of Games at Kickstarter.  She has been in the games industry for over decade where she's worn many hats.  Anya is also a musician in New York City.Twitter: @anyaynaInstagram: @anyacombsherhair
avatar for Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Thorsten S. Wiedemann

A MAZE.
Thorsten S. Wiedemann is founder and director of A MAZE.. He produces and curates under this international label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 19:00 - 20:15 CEST
A MAZE. / SPACE

19:45 CEST

World Builders Metaverse Tour in VRChat
Moderators
avatar for Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Thorsten S. Wiedemann

A MAZE.
Thorsten S. Wiedemann is founder and director of A MAZE.. He produces and curates under this international label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he... Read More →

Thursday July 22, 2021 19:45 - 20:45 CEST
Livestream

20:00 CEST

[I] doesn't exist
“[I] doesn’t exist” is a modern, but normal text adventure – until the avatar refuses to follow commands. What seemed like a one-sided relationship, develops into a conversation between avatar and player. Through realising and accepting the avatar as an extension of yourself instead of only a slave to your wishes, you can help each other move on.

Thursday July 22, 2021 20:00 - 21:00 CEST
Open Screens

21:00 CEST

Dis Fig (Live)



Artists
avatar for Dis Fig

Dis Fig

Musician
American-born Chinese DJ and producer Dis Fig combines hi-tech, futuristic aesthetics and vocal-led, introspective soundscapes. Having moved from New York to Berlin to write music she has since become a lynchpin of a constantly evolving underground scene, hosting famed radio show... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 21:00 - 21:45 CEST
Livestream

21:00 CEST

Nanotopia’s Midnight Mushroom Music Living Mycelium - Premiere

Nanotopia is performing a live streaming bio-sonification Midnight Mushroom Music set!

Terrestrials visiting Mycelia might find themselves able to interact with the virtual Mycelia organism that is connected to Living physical mycelium. Touching the Mycelia organism triggers sensors in the physical world, behaving as a form of physical touch. The real-world mycelium responds sonically* & visually within Mycelia.

Space is limited to these performances - registration is required to ensure you experience these events in VRChat. All performances are PWYC with a suggested donation of 10 €.  Register here.

Mycelia resides in VRChat and requires a PCVR compatible headset. No Quest supported (except when using the pc version via virtual desktop or airlink). PC users without VR headset can also access the world in 2D desktop mode through VRChat.

Make sure to install VRChat, setup your profile and walk through the tutorial if you are a new user: https://store.steampowered.com/app/438100/VRChat/

For folks without a headset or PC there will be free live streamed performances:
July 21st 21:00CEST https://youtu.be/XBiV09kHVTA
July 22nd 21:00CEST https://youtu.be/MxasZY0j1U8
July 24 23:00CEST https://youtu.be/9z8MXDVy-4M

Credits:
Mycelia original concept by:
Tosca Terán & Sara Lisa Vogl

Mycelia world created by:
The MCSA

Avatars created by:
The MCSA
Tyson Cross
Tosca Terán
Sara Lisa Vogl

Generative ambient reactive audio:
Nanotopia
Ganoderma lucidum
Pleurotus ostreatus

Atmospheric audio & performance audio set-up:
The MCSA’s Tonetastic

Artists
avatar for Tosca Terán (CA)

Tosca Terán (CA)

Nanotopia
Nanotopia are interdisciplinary, human holobionts whose work is a confluence of art, ecology, and craft.  With funding, and residencies from the Goethe-Institute, Canada Arts, BigCi Environmental Award, Ars Electronica, and Coalesce Centre for Biological Art for their fungal bio-data... Read More →


Thursday July 22, 2021 21:00 - 22:00 CEST
VRChat

21:00 CEST

The Big Con
Hustle your way across ‘90s America as a runaway teen con artist. Choose how to make your scratch as you don disguises, pick pockets, and rip people off in this comedic crime-filled adventure. Experience the totally rad '90s in all its plaid and payphone glory!

Thursday July 22, 2021 21:00 - 22:00 CEST
Open Screens

22:00 CEST

Niilo Takalainen (Live)
Thursday July 22, 2021 22:00 - 23:00 CEST
Livestream

22:00 CEST

Adventures of Harriharri
This video game performance chronicles the life and times of Harriharri living in Finland. Harriharri is a newcomer who arrives with high hopes of being welcomed into the culture. Join Harriharri on a hip hop fantasy adventure as he battles bureaucracies and systemic forces of social exclusion!

Thursday July 22, 2021 22:00 - 23:00 CEST
Open Screens

23:00 CEST

Venice 2089
Explore a future Venice struggling with the effects of rising water slowly destroying the city as a bored teenager, with your hoverboard and your trusty drone.

Thursday July 22, 2021 23:00 - Friday July 23, 2021 00:00 CEST
Open Screens
 
Friday, July 23
 

11:00 CEST

Coffee and croissants with ...
A daily breakfast session with A MAZE. Program Curator, Zuraida Buter and a guest. They open the day with a cup of coffee and talk about the festival, what has happened and what's to come.

Today's guest: The one and only A MAZE festival director Thorsten S. Wiedemann. Today is the day of the 10th A MAZE Award!

Artists
avatar for Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Thorsten S. Wiedemann

A MAZE.
Thorsten S. Wiedemann is founder and director of A MAZE.. He produces and curates under this international label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he... Read More →
avatar for Zuraida Buter (NL)

Zuraida Buter (NL)

zo-ii / Playful Arts Festival / A MAZE.
she/herProgram Curator A MAZE. / BerlinCo-founder Playful Arts Festival (NL)


Friday July 23, 2021 11:00 - 11:30 CEST
Livestream

11:00 CEST

Monster Hunt Vienna
An urban game to discover Vienna and its curiosities remotely using riddles, stories and Google Streetview.

Friday July 23, 2021 11:00 - 12:00 CEST
Open Screens

11:00 CEST

A MAZE. Open Space
The Urban Spree Garden is A MAZE. Zone on July 22 and 23 from 11:00-16:00. If you like to escape your home or your studio and work from under sun umbrellas join the co working party. We've installed public internet in the garden and you can follow the festival livestream during worktime on several screens. Sounds amazing, right?




Friday July 23, 2021 11:00 - 16:00 CEST
Urban Spree - Berlin

11:30 CEST

How not to fail at connecting game and art
Contemporary game industry and art industry seem like a weird departed twin. On the one hand, both thrive on individual or/and collective creativity, and invite audience/players to participate and enrich the content and experience. On the other hand, while video games try to reach as many players as possible, contemporary art is still trying to maintain some kind of scarcity via market price, taste and institutional cannons. To make a game or curate an exhibition transpassing both fields therefore becomes its own art. In this talk, I want to use my own recent trips in producing, promoting and exhibiting Forgetter to showcase some experiences and dilemmas in connecting game and art.


Artists
avatar for Yang Jing (HK)

Yang Jing (HK)

Yang Jing (she/her) is a designer, curator and writer in the intersection of art and game. She just made the game Forgetter with game artist and technologist Alan Kwan in 2020-2021, and is touring around China to display this art game in game fairs. She also curates and writes about... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 11:30 - 12:00 CEST
Livestream

12:00 CEST

Doba Dash
Doba Dash is a unique racing game about a South African Recycling community that race against the clock and each other to win tons of plastic, can, paper and glass treasure as well as the the title of “Doba Champion”.

Friday July 23, 2021 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
Open Screens

12:00 CEST

A Dark and Stormy Night (feat. Your Own Body)
Workshop
Have you ever wanted to make a dark and stormy night audio story, only using sounds you can make with Your Own Body? If so, this is the workshop for you!
We will create our own adventures using a multiple-choice based story, and bring them to life by making sounds with our amazing bodies.

Audience
Recommended for anyone that is interested in telling stories using sound. Can be interesting to people from any medium that has sound in it, but having some basic experience with audio production is necessary to get the most out of this.

Requirements
Your DAW (digital audio workstation) of choice and something to record audio with. Could be your laptop, phone, an amazing microphone, anything available as long as you can get the audio into your DAW easily.
And of course, Your Own Body!

This workshop will be given via Zoom.

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

Get your tickets here!
Only 20 tickets available

Artists
avatar for Oda Tilset

Oda Tilset

NokNok Audio
Oda Tilset is a Norwegian sound and music designer working primarily with indie games from across the globe.She loves exploring new genres, and has worked on everything from humor driven platform adventure games to interactive museum installations and educational games for childr... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 12:00 - 14:00 CEST
Offstream
  Workshop
  • Audience Audience

12:00 CEST

Build your first Experimental LED Hardware Game (and take it home)
Build your first experimental hardware game from scratch with zero knowledge in this hands-on workshop! We'll get to know the BBC Micro:bit hardware system, learn how to talk to LED light strips, and use different sensors to experiment with unusual in- and outputs. We'll even use a yoga mat and a pencil to make our own cool pressure sensors! No programming or electronics knowledge is required at all, just bring your curiosity, a laptop, and take home everything you built at the end.

Audience
Recommended for everybody. Total beginners welcome, no programming or electronics knowledge required.

Requirements
Bring your own laptop (any OS).

This workshop will be held at Urban Spree in Berlin. And materials are included in the ticket price.

We follow the local and actual COVID-19 regulations. Learn more about here. Be sure to bring a negative test that is less than 24 hours old. There is a testing facility right beside Urban Spree at which you can get tested.

Price EUR 50,- excl tax & fee

Get your tickets here!
Only 20 tickets available

Artists
avatar for Robin Baumgarten (DE)

Robin Baumgarten (DE)

Robin Baumgarten (he/him) is an experimental hardware game developer based in Berlin. Coming from an AI and commercial game dev background, he is now building interactive installation art and award-winning experimental custom controller games, such as Line Wobbler and Wobble Gard... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 12:00 - 16:00 CEST
Urban Spree - Berlin

12:15 CEST

Play from Home - Singapore
A post-mortem of how Singapore's Sagakaya Collective organised the Heritage Game Jam, and the virtual games exhibition.

The Sagakaya Collective comprises of 3 passionate individuals from the Singapore games industry,
working together to promote games as an art form.

In collaboration with the National Heritage Board of Singapore despite the challenges of Covid-19.




Artists
avatar for Jedidiah Siah (SG)

Jedidiah Siah (SG)

Sagakaya Collective
Jedidiah Siah (he/him) is Co-founder and Director of AlterCulture Studios Pte. Ltd, which does game design consultation, education, and promoting the usage of games across non-gaming industries. He is also an Associate Trainer at Civil Service College (Singapore) for Game Design... Read More →
avatar for Jewell Koh (SG)

Jewell Koh (SG)

Sagakaya Collective
Jewell (she/her) is a junior 3D artist at Ubisoft, and the art person at Sagakaya.



Friday July 23, 2021 12:15 - 13:00 CEST
Livestream

13:00 CEST

Nainai's recipe
Nainai's Recipe is a cooking game focusing on Asian culinary tradition and family story. Open your fridge, choose the ingredients, examine, chop, season, heat, and taste them. During the lockdown in 2020, you start to learn how to cook from your dear grandma. 

Artists
avatar for Fan Fang

Fan Fang

Fan (she/her) is a recent graduates from NYU’s Game Center. Fan comes from a digital media background. Fan has a strong interest in making stylized games and explore game's cultural quality.Twitter: @Fann_Fan... Read More →
avatar for Mai Hou

Mai Hou

Mai (he/him) is a recent graduate from NYU’s Game Center. Mai was a front-end engineer for over 6 years. He has a strong interest in making stylized games and explore game's cultural quality.Twitter: @houkanshan... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 CEST
Open Screens

13:30 CEST

Interesting insights about game development in Zambia
A panel of Zambians speak on their experiences and perspectives of the Zambian game development community.

Artists
avatar for Chipo Hameja (ZM)

Chipo Hameja (ZM)

Chipo (he/him) is a game concept developer from Mazabuka, Zambia and has been making prototypes in Unity for 4 years. Chipo strongly believes in the future of mobile gaming and this is the inspiration for his current projects
avatar for Lombe Mulenga (ZM)

Lombe Mulenga (ZM)

Lombe (she/her) made a game in Twine and she helps organize events too. She is currently one of the organisers for Women Game Jam Zambia 2021.
SN

Sithe Ncube

Sithe (she/her) has been an active member of the African game development community since 2013 beginning with organizing community events in her hometown Lusaka, Zambia. She is currently directing a project called prosearium.net with the goal of documenting 1000 African women in... Read More →
avatar for Waza Banda (ZM)

Waza Banda (ZM)

Waza (he/him) is an amateur game dev,programmer and youtuber. He makes games and videos about the those games.He likes to take part in a lot of gamejams as well. He recently released a beta of game he's been working on by the name of killerShapes on itch.io.https://twitter.com/De... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 13:30 - 14:00 CEST
Livestream

13:30 CEST

Telling a complex story - player agency, structure & technique
Workshop
In this workshop we'll go through how you can structure and develop a long and complex interactive story, while still keeping it coherent for the player. We'll look at narrative structures that are commonly used, and suitable for choice-based games with branching narratives. We'll also talk about choice design and player agency. Using Inkle Studio's narrative engine Ink, we'll do some hands-on storytelling experiments. Bring all your curiosity and questions about storytelling in games!

Audience
Recommended for everyone interested in telling complex stories through games. No previous experience required.

Requirements
A computer and the possibility to download Inkle Studio's story editor Inky: https://www.inklestudios.com/ink/

This workshop will be given via Zoom.

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

Get your tickets here!
Only 20 tickets available

Artists
avatar for Bobbi A Sand

Bobbi A Sand

Transcenders
Bobbi A Sand is a Game Designer and Author who loves playfulness and to tell stories about queer emo kids. They run Transcenders Media, focusing on games and stories about relationships, identity, sexuality and LGBTQ-issues. They released the award winning visual novel Knife Sisters... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 13:30 - 15:30 CEST
Offstream

14:00 CEST

From Diary to Game - How The Personal Becomes General
Artists
avatar for Ida Hartmann (DK)

Ida Hartmann (DK)

Ida Hartmann (she/her) is a Danish artist and narrative designer. In 2020 she debuted as a director, artist and writer with the award-winning interactive comic, 'Stilstand'. Currently, she works as a freelance illustrator and as a game writer and narrative designer at Die Gute Fa... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Livestream

14:00 CEST

Svoboda 1945: Liberation
The horrors of World War II are over, but peace never came to the Czech village of Svoboda. You were sent to investigate a decades-old feud. Who can you trust to explain what happened? How was your family involved? Talk to witnesses to uncover the troubled past in a game unlike any you ever played.

Friday July 23, 2021 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
Open Screens

14:30 CEST

Psychoanalysis and AI in "The Signifier"
"The Signifier" is a game that is based on Psychoanalytic and AI concepts, where narrative, visuals and gameplay mechanics "talk" about these subjects in an original way, interwined way. This short talk is about the difficulties we had in trying to marry entertainment and the passion behind wanting to tackle these complex subjects in a way that felt natural and core to the experience, instead of a narrative layer separate from the mechanics themselves.

Artists
avatar for David Fenner (CL)

David Fenner (CL)

David Fenner (he/him) is founder of Playmestudio. Writer/Director of The Signifier. Previously CG Artist.


Friday July 23, 2021 14:30 - 15:00 CEST
Livestream

15:00 CEST

Staging Play: Videogames and Theater
In this panel, Sophia Donderer (Studio Fizbin) and Leoni Voegelin (VERAVOEGELIN) will explore and discuss video games and participatory theater production. Using gameplay from Minute of Islands and Futopolis, the two artists will discuss the differences and commonalities between the two art forms. They will be joined by Friedrich Kirschner (HfS Ernst Busch) and Joscha Neumann (Komische Oper Berlin).

Moderators
avatar for Joscha Neumann (DE)

Joscha Neumann (DE)

Komische Oper Berlin
Joscha Neumann works as a project manager at Komische Oper Berlin where he is in charge of “Spielräume!” - a project dedicated to explore the possibilities for theater and opera within the digital world.Previous to that he organized conferences and other events on the subject... Read More →
avatar for Friedrich Kirschner (DE)

Friedrich Kirschner (DE)

HfS Ernst Busch
Friedrich Kirschner is a theatre director and software developer. He uses game structures and technology for participatory performances and interactive installations. He is currently Professor for digital media at the University of Performing Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin, where he is... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Leoni Voegelin (DE)

Leoni Voegelin (DE)

VERAVOEGELIN
VERAVOEGELIN is a collaboration between Leoni Voegelin (she/her) and Anna Vera Kelle. Since 2019 they develop projects at the threshold of theater, games and digital media. They build experimental simulations of complex systems that enable speculative research on the agency of human... Read More →
avatar for Sophia Donderer

Sophia Donderer

Studio Fizbin
Sophia (she/her) is a game designer with a passion for story-driven games. Therefore, she joined Studio Fizbin some years ago and has been working on the narrative puzzle-platformer "Minute of Islands" as lead game designer.


Friday July 23, 2021 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
Livestream

15:00 CEST

Soviet Kitchen Unleashed
Whatever you find at the front consider to put it in the meat grinder! Isn’t it more about the looks anyways?

Soviet Kitchen Unleashed is a cooperative card game with app support about color mixing and poison management. Each player contributes one ingredient to the dish by scanning the card with the device’s front camera. Jointly they try to match the ordered color. If the result is close enough, the meal is accepted and the players earn rubles. But beware! Some ingredients are toxic, some even radioactive. Too much of the good will finish even the toughest Soviet stomach.

Besides serving as virtual meat grinder, the app guides you through the story while you unlock new missions and cards on your way up to the KGB.

Friday July 23, 2021 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
Open Screens

15:00 CEST

Coding playful interactivity with p5.js
Coding playful interactivity with p5.js in cooperation with Creative Coding Utrecht

In this workshop we will use p5.js, an open source JavaScript library for creative coding, perfect to create interactive artworks for the web. We will focus on how to code interactivity, getting an understanding of the fundamentals to create interactive artworks and/or games. For example; how to register a mouse click and how do we code what happens next?

Audience
All kinds of creative people with no coding experience are welcome, with some coding experience in p5js or other language experience as well.

Requirements
Computer with extra screen if possible.

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

Get your tickets here!
Only 30 tickets available

Artists
avatar for Saskia Freeke

Saskia Freeke

Saskia Freeke brings code into play to create geometric artworks on a daily basis. Doing so she fuses her graphic design and interaction design background into her artistic practice. Specifically, her works and her practice stand out through their distinctive, playful characteris... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 15:00 - 16:30 CEST
Offstream

16:00 CEST

Please, Touch The Artwork
A project for people who like touching stuff they shouldn't.
It explores the question:
What would happen if we did touch the artwork??
It bundles 2 art-installations and 4 games playable on mobile or on these installations.
Each game is based on a unique abstract painting.
The game-genres range from calm but compelling puzzles and narrative adventures to visual-poetry & creating your own art.
It aims to be aesthetic, inspiring and educational while strengthening the bridge between art and games. 'Please, Touch The Artwork', where every painting has it's story.

Friday July 23, 2021 16:00 - 17:00 CEST
Open Screens

16:30 CEST

Staying Creative during a Global Pandemic
Maintaining creativity during isolation can be extremely challenging.  Let’s discuss how staying creative during a global pandemic is possible!

Moderators
avatar for Anya Combs (US)

Anya Combs (US)

Kickstarter
Anya Combs (she/her) is the Director of Games at Kickstarter.  She has been in the games industry for over decade where she's worn many hats.  Anya is also a musician in New York City.Twitter: @anyaynaInstagram: @anyacombsherhair

Artists
avatar for Claudia Molinari (IT)

Claudia Molinari (IT)

We Are Müesli
Claudia (she/her) is a 2D artist with years of experience in the creative direction of design projects, Claudia is co-founder of We Are Müesli, creators of the award-winning interactive stories CAVE! CAVE! DEUS VIDET. and Venti Mesi, the historical investigation card game Colpo di... Read More →
avatar for Harry Phillips (US)

Harry Phillips (US)

Harry Phillips (he/him) is a professional tuba player based in NYC. He has toured in 5 continents, 28 countries and 49 states. He has recorded jingles for Keurig and for Sony Recording Artist Rosalía. He has played with Gogol Bordello, Adam Neely, Amanda Palmer, Lucky Chops, Moon... Read More →
avatar for Raphaël de Courville (DE)

Raphaël de Courville (DE)

Raphaël de Courville (he/him) is a designer whose work merges interaction design, digital art, and new technologies. He is also active as an educator and media artist. Since 2012 he has been co-organising Creative Code Berlin, a community that promotes dialog between art and technology... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 16:30 - 17:15 CEST
Livestream

16:30 CEST

Emerging Technologies, Experiences, Ethic & Everything in Between
Emerging Technologies, Experiences, Ethic & Everything in Between

WORKSHOP
Game Development and Game Engine Technologies are no longer just being used for traditional screen-based games. New Emerging areas of Technologies like AR & XR, Advances in AI, Robots, Trackers & Sensors, are now all being used to create Immersive Experiences that exist both in the virtual world and physical world.

A term like the slightly clichéd Metaverse might be used when talking about all these. For example concerts are now happening virtually on platforms like Fortnight. Movies and Fashion Designers are using game platforms like Roblox to create branded experiences for their premieres. TV shows like The Mandalorian are currently using game engines like Unreal, to build new Virtual Production pipelines. And Theatre and Live Performances are using real-time volumetric capture to have actors and actresses control virtual beings in virtual spaces, getting to interact with audiences in real-time.

As we see these new experiences get built up. And at these points where we’re seeing more and more digital technology being used for traditional media and entertainment. It also brings up topics about ethics. Who will our identities be in these virtual worlds? Who will be owning the data? What boundaries will be set in place to not invade my personal space with an overload of digital?

In this workshop. We’ll explore some of the trends in the Emerging Tech space. Talk about some of the examples that inspire us. Areas we’d love to see more of. Areas of growth. While also considering the ethical design questions we should be asking ourselves and those around us, as this industry grows.

AUDIENCE
Recommend for designers creative technologists, developers.

REQUIREMENTS
Just a solid internet connection and your PC with a mic so you can join the conversation.

This workshop will be given via Zoom.

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

Get your tickets here!
Only 20 tickets available

Artists
avatar for Aleissia Laidacker

Aleissia Laidacker

The Mill
Aleissia Laidacker is a Creative Technology Director with 20 years experience. She is currently working with The Mill, leading the Creative Tech teams and also works with Spatial Activations, building location based experiences. Previously, she built AR products and experiences at Magic Leap. And worked in games for over 10 years. Where led the Gameplay and AI on Assassin's Creed at Ubisoft... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 16:30 - 18:00 CEST
Offstream

17:00 CEST

The Fermi Paradox
The Fermi Paradox is a galactic, choice-driven narrative strategy game in which your decisions in one corner of the galaxy can upend entire civilizations in another. Guide alien species through millennia, help them explore the vastness of space, learn their own shortcomings and, ultimately... make contact.

Friday July 23, 2021 17:00 - 18:00 CEST
Open Screens

17:15 CEST

10 Years A MAZE - Most A MAZING (Game) Award - Conversation
Ten years of  A MAZE! In 2012 the first 'Most A MAZING (Game) Award' was handed out and since then 8 more of those awards have been awarded to amazing projects. Today we're going to meet a few of those winners again and catch up with them about what has happened since.

Moderators
avatar for Matthias Löwe (DE)

Matthias Löwe (DE)

Matthias (he/him) is a Playful Interaction Designer, specialized in the creative use of game interactions in “real world applications“. He was building little robots at the Design Research Lab Berlin. He is engaged in workshops, talks and festivals of the Initiative Creative ... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Lea Schönfelder (DE)

Lea Schönfelder (DE)

Fein
Award winning Designer, BAFTA Breakthrough UK. Lea Schönfelder (she/her) is passionate about games and creative culture, with experience in developing premium mobile and cross-platform games. Co-Founder and Creative Partner at Fein, a studio crafting games by women for women. Twitter... Read More →
avatar for Lena NW (US)

Lena NW (US)

Lena NW (she/her) is a media artist whose work expresses millennial-internet-induced-media-oversaturation derangement. Her practice merges game development, illustration, animation, video, music, performance, and writing into interactive narrative experiences. She also raps under... Read More →
avatar for Llaura McGee (IE)

Llaura McGee (IE)

Dreamfeel
Llaura (she/her) is a queer Irish game maker, writer and artist who runs the game studio DREAMFEEL. She's been making games for 10 years; creating experimental narrative games such as "Curtain", which follows the destructive relationship between two women in a Glasgow punk band and... Read More →
avatar for Ondrej Paška (CZ)

Ondrej Paška (CZ)

Charles Games
Ondrej Paška (he/him) is a programmer and game designer currently creating a game about Czechoslovak history with Charles Games. Previously worked on Attentat 1942 and several serious games including a game about cyberbullying. Frequent game-jammer.
avatar for Owen Hindley (UK)

Owen Hindley (UK)

Owen (he/him) is a collaborative digital artist, working with software, sound, and electronics for the web, VR, performances, devices and installations. He is co-founder of Icelandic theatre company Huldufugl, creating immersive, interactive experiences in both the virtual world and... Read More →
avatar for Trine Laier (DK)

Trine Laier (DK)

Trine (she/her) loves to develop video games, art, film & animation. In 1999 she founded Those Eyes and in 2012, she graduated from the National Film School of Denmark as director. Those Eyes operates with sincerity and humor and always with the aim to entertain and break new grounds... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 17:15 - 18:15 CEST
Livestream

20:00 CEST

A MAZE. Award Show
10th A MAZE. Award Show!

Out of 251 submissions from 48 countries, the selected 25 nominees are now competing in the 5 main categories. The 4th Humble New Talent Award will also be awarded to one of 5 additional nominees, which are selected not by one game, but their work and thoughts in general. Finally, everybody in the A MAZE./ SPACE can vote for their favorite exhibited work - the Audience Award will also be revealed!

The awards, now in their 10th year, present a total of 7.000€ in prizes to artists and game developers at the A MAZE. Awards Ceremony, which is one of the highlights of A MAZE./ Berlin.

The show will be moderated by Festival Director Thorsten S. Wiedemann and the categories will be presented by the final judges:
  • Adelle Lin (US)
  • Bleeptrack (DE)
  • Dhruv Jani (IN)
  • Lena NW (US)

We will also have a look at the results of the "A MAZE. Museum Online Game Jam: A World In Motion" in collaboration with the Leibniz Research Museums.

Moderators
avatar for Matthias Löwe (DE)

Matthias Löwe (DE)

Matthias (he/him) is a Playful Interaction Designer, specialized in the creative use of game interactions in “real world applications“. He was building little robots at the Design Research Lab Berlin. He is engaged in workshops, talks and festivals of the Initiative Creative ... Read More →
avatar for Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Thorsten S. Wiedemann

A MAZE.
Thorsten S. Wiedemann is founder and director of A MAZE.. He produces and curates under this international label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Adelle Lin (US)

Adelle Lin (US)

Director, Code Liberation Foundation
the Code Liberation Foundation offers free development workshops in order to facilitate the creation of video game titles by women.
avatar for Dhruv Jani

Dhruv Jani

Oleomingus
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 →
avatar for Lena NW (US)

Lena NW (US)

Lena NW (she/her) is a media artist whose work expresses millennial-internet-induced-media-oversaturation derangement. Her practice merges game development, illustration, animation, video, music, performance, and writing into interactive narrative experiences. She also raps under... Read More →


Friday July 23, 2021 20:00 - 21:00 CEST
Livestream

21:15 CEST

Debmaster (Live)
Friday July 23, 2021 21:15 - 22:00 CEST
Livestream

22:15 CEST

Mo Chan (DJ set)
Friday July 23, 2021 22:15 - 23:00 CEST
Livestream

23:30 CEST

Mango
A surrealist first-person adventure/puzzle game about art and derealization, featuring trippy, psychedelic visuals, intense psychological and philosophical undertones, fragmented storytelling and experimental horror elements

Friday July 23, 2021 23:30 - Saturday July 24, 2021 00:30 CEST
Open Screens
 
Saturday, July 24
 

10:30 CEST

A MAZE. Breakfast Club + A MAZE. Open Stage
The A MAZE. Breakfast Club is a physical outdoor and unstreamed event. A wonderful opportunity to bring the Berlin-based game community together. The event will happen in the Urban Spree Garden and the pizza place on-site opens early for us so we can eat, meet, drink and listen to the talks of A MAZE. Open Stage.

So if you are interested to be part of the Open Stage - up to 10 wonderful artists can share their thoughts and knowlegde in an open-minded and inclusive environment and without slides. You only have to register here.

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If you wanna network and only listen to talks or grab a delicious slice of pizza. Please get your ticket via eventbrite.

Important: We follow the local and actual COVID-19 regulations. Learn more about here.


Saturday July 24, 2021 10:30 - 14:00 CEST
Urban Spree - Berlin

11:00 CEST

Coffee and Croissants with ...
A daily breakfast session with A MAZE. Program Curator, Zuraida Buter and a guest. They open the day with a cup of coffee and talk about the festival, what has happened and what's to come.

Artists
avatar for Kaho Abe

Kaho Abe

Kaho Abe (she/her) is a game designer, media artist and teacher from NYC, currently based in Tokyo, Japan. She is interested in improving social and personal experiences through the use of technology, fashion and games. Kaho designs games and builds custom controllers with the hope... Read More →
avatar for Zuraida Buter (NL)

Zuraida Buter (NL)

zo-ii / Playful Arts Festival / A MAZE.
she/herProgram Curator A MAZE. / BerlinCo-founder Playful Arts Festival (NL)


Saturday July 24, 2021 11:00 - 11:30 CEST
Livestream

11:00 CEST

Utility for the Soul
Utility for the Soul is a meditative interactive puzzle experience based on Lithuanian-American environment artist Aleksandra Kasuba’s concept for what she called the Retreat House. It was intended to be a unique, utopian facility for use by large corporations to give overworked employees a fresh perspective and rejuvenate them.
The project is a part of a retrospective exhibition "Shaping the future. Environments by Aleksandra Kasuba" at The National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Saturday July 24, 2021 11:00 - 12:00 CEST
Open Screens

11:30 CEST

SPACECRAFT Arcade - Analog vs Digital Wireframe
SPACECRAFT Arcade is a space-battle video arcade game whose 'wire frame' graphics are based on hand-made African wire art. It is a project by African Robots & SPACECRAFT, interventionist art projects which have been collaborating with street wire artists in Southern Africa to produce interactive electronic and science fiction-themed wire art, for several years. This talk by the artist explores the project through the lenses of Digital Futurism, vernacular and popular cultures of the South, ethnomathematics and anthropophagy.

Artists
avatar for Ralph Borland (SA)

Ralph Borland (SA)

Ralph Borland (he/him)researches emerging technologies in Africa at HUMA, University of Cape Town. He is an internationally exhibited artist and curator, with work in the New York MoMA. His projects African Robots and SPACECRAFT are collaborations with street wire artists in Southern... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 11:30 - 12:00 CEST
Livestream

12:00 CEST

Arcades Argentinos: The DIY Arcade Scene of Argentina
In 2012, a series of underground nomad arcade machines started to emerge from the guts of Argentina in search of players around the country and beyond.

Experimental video games, pinballs and even a bizarre avant-garde foosball table are part of this movement that takes place not only at traditional arcade bars and alleys, but also at parties, conventions, concerts, galleries and outside, in the streets, for free.

Their makers are small creative bands with the most diverse backgrounds: from film to science, from sculpture to engineering, from chip music to toy making.

And their players are... everyone: from nostalgic boomers to clueless school kids, from casual enthusiasts to hardcore fans, from e-sports competitors to tabletop game geeks.

Welcome to the Argentinian arcade scene!

Artists
avatar for Hernán Sáez (AR)

Hernán Sáez (AR)

Videogamo
Hernán Sáez (he/him) is a game designer and filmmaker. Born in 1978, in Haedo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Part of the dedicated-hardware games studio Videogamo, Inc. Founded in 2010.Twitter: www.twitter.com/videogamoInstagram: www.instagram.com/videogamo.inc


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

12:00 CEST

The Ocean Will Have Us All
The Ocean Will Have Us All is a first person exploration game with over 20 endings to discover.

Experience a day in the subatomic life of Moira Lech. Get up, go to work, go home, go back to sleep. Or. Go off the the beaten track. Stop traffic. Take charge. Stick your finger in an electrical socket.

Saturday July 24, 2021 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
Open Screens

12:30 CEST

Indigenous Culture in Games
In this talk, Phoebe (she/her) will speak to her experiences working with the Indigenous community in videogames and the processes that were taken to involve them in the production of Innchanted by DragonBear Studios. Following, she will express her opinion on the importance of including Indigenous culture into videogames; Highlighting how it can preserve one of the oldest living cultures on the planet and aid in closing the gap between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people.

Artists
avatar for Phoebe Watson (AU)

Phoebe Watson (AU)

Phoebe (she/her) is a proud Yarrer Gunditj woman from the Maar Nation in South West Victoria. Phoebe graduated from RMIT in 2020 with a bachelors degree in Game Design. During her studies she was working as a Indigenous Game Designer and Cultural Consultant at DragonBear Studios on... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 12:30 - 13:00 CEST
Livestream

12:30 CEST

The Counterfeit Realities of Interactive Fiction. Authoring a pirated history of places, bodies and rituals.
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.

Audience
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.

Requirements
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.

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

Get your tickets here!
Only 25 tickets available

Artists
avatar for Dhruv Jani

Dhruv Jani

Oleomingus
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
Offstream

13:30 CEST

A MAZE. Live Cooking Show: Garlic Noodles with Jay Palmer
The A MAZE Live Cooking Show returns!

After the success of last year we are doing it again! A couple of chefs from the A MAZE. community are ready to share their favourite local dish, cook it on the livestream while they are interviewed about their practice.

Are you ready to join our chefs? We are sharing the ingredients and recipe so you can cook along!

Share your cookalong thoughts & media via twitter (#AMaze2021, #AMAZELiveCooking) or on our discord channel.

Today:
Garlic Noodles with Jay Palmer

Note: I started to cook this cos of the sims 4. I never had it before. It just looked so good I had to try it. I’ve never tried anyone else’s recipe, just the one I made up by looking at a bunch of them online. Now it’s one of my fav dishes, and easy to make.

6 - 8 cloves of garlic, almost minced
1 - 2 6-sided-dice sized pieces of ginger, almost minced
50g butter or vegan butter
olive oil
the whites from 3 - 4 spring onions, roughly sliced

fry the above stuff until fragrant and soft on medium heat in a big skillet, but try not to brown it

meanwhile, cook one package of spaghetti (500g? or less) as per insturctions

3 tbs tamari or soy sauce
1 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs miso paste (white, brown, or red) or Doubanjiang
1 tsp sambal olek (or other chili paste, sriracha works too)
1 tsp sesame oil (i prefer toasted)

mix above ingredients, and set aside while spaghetti and veg is cooking.

When veg and spaghetti is done, add the spaghetti to the veg, adding a few spoons of spaghetti water to get it moving. when everything is combined, add the sauce you set aside before, and mix well. Keep cooking 5 minutes or so, until everything is looking combined and glossy. If it's too dry, add more spaghetti water.

serve with the green part of the spring onions roughly sliced, and black and/or white sesame seeds, and optionally chilli flakes or chilli oil.

Moderators
avatar for Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Thorsten S. Wiedemann

A MAZE.
Thorsten S. Wiedemann is founder and director of A MAZE.. He produces and curates under this international label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Jay Palmer (DE)

Jay Palmer (DE)

Jay Palmer (they/them)Artist, developer & biomedical communication. Cofounder of Imaginary Residency, employed by Brain Simulation Section of Charité, member of 10% Human Collective.Twitter: https://twitter.com/some_donkus... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 13:30 - 14:30 CEST
Livestream

14:00 CEST

Guerrilla Marketing - How to use Social Media to your Advantage
Guerrilla Marketing - How to use Social Media to your Advantage in cooperation with Games.Net Berlin Europe.

Let’s keep it short and simple. Social Media is the best place for inexpensive and effective way of marketing a product or an idea. And in this Workshop we will talk about:
  1. What Guerrilla Marketing is, why it is perfect for small and medium-sized companies and how we can implement it in our own way with small budgets.
  2. We will take a look at Pixel Maniacs (Can’t Drive This) and get insights about their strategy of making their game popular on Social Media.
  3. We will make a short Q&A session to try to answer some questions and make the concept of Guerilla Marketing as clear as possible.
  4. Here comes the creative part: At the end together we will develop sample Guerrilla Marketing Campaigns to prove that it's not as hard as it may sound. (50-60 Minutes)

Audience
This workshop is perfect for small and mid-size companies that don’t have huge marketing budgets or for people generally interested in marketing of games/products/services.

Requirements
A pen and a paper for taking notes (or phone/pc). A microphone to be able to ask questions. Camera is not a must have.

This workshop will be given via Zoom.

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

Get your tickets here!
Only 20 tickets available

In cooperation with Games.Net Berlin Europe.

Artists
avatar for Boyan Bonev

Boyan Bonev

Boyan Bonev is an owner of a small digital marketing agency focused on content marketing in Nuremberg, Germany. He worked on the viral marketing of the game "Can't Drive This", is consulting the likes of PietSmiet about Social Media Strategies and has one of the largest social media... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
Offstream

14:30 CEST

A song to commemorate that really good ramen I made
The joy of cooking and spending time with ingredients, as I guide them through their different chapters of life. The bond I've grown with the ingredients, and the temporary stains they leave on my clothes and skin, but the permanent multisensory memory. Sometimes I feel that the meal was wonderful, but it was a bittersweet funeral for our time together.
As an artist who loves process just as much as the result, I often wish that I could just cook forever. So I made a recording of some really good ramen I made, and from that recording, I have made a song to commemorate our time together.
It could also be argued that this talk is an exploration of diegetic and non-diegetic audio in cooking and play.

Artists
avatar for Maize Wallin (AU)

Maize Wallin (AU)

Freelance Audio Generalist
Maize Wallin (they/them) is an audio all-rounder, having worked across indie and AAA. They love systemic audio whether simple, or complicated. Maize is very sick of lockdown, misses live music, and has a lot of new hobbies. They're also an active organiser with NonbinaryZone and Game... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 14:30 - 15:15 CEST
Livestream

15:00 CEST

Secrets of Soil
Secrets of Soil is an interactive journey that explores the hidden world of soil and its role in combating climate change. Your journey will take you to a microscopic world, witnessing the essential life forms that live there.

Secrets of Soil is an artistic experience set in a reimagining of the cosmic world beneath our feet.

Explore the microscopic landscape to understand the many citizens of the soil and the essential roles they play in this diverse ecosystem. Witness how bacteria and plants speak to each other. Glide through vast fungal webs. Create earthworm burrows. Or simply relax and linger in dazzling soilscapes and explore this unseen world. Unearth the secret of how this hidden universe could help save us from climate disaster.

Navigate your way through vibrant landscapes and explore the microbiology of the soil and incredible creatures who live there.

Secrets of Soil is an artist’s vision centred around bringing awareness to the change that we can all be a part of when thinking about the world we live in. The project received support from leading Plant Science and Microbiology Researchers at the John Innes Centre, UK.

Secrets of Soil is freely available on Steam as a short interactive experience, with a free 360-degree video version also available.

New Creatives is supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts.

Saturday July 24, 2021 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
Open Screens

15:15 CEST

Dip In Code: Kitchen of Hues (A Colorscape Exploration)
Dip in Code takes the concept of Hearing Colour, Seeing Sound while allowing the audience the pleasure of tasting colors and seeing taste while hearing it at the same time. Dip in Code: Kitchen of Hues, takes colors that happen to be named after food. To give an audiovisual experience that crosses over to an immersive culinary setting/Dining Experience as well. Every track isn’t a single color like its predecessor but will be named after meals that are also names of Colours. The soundtrack of each meal is Coded and visualized to make sure the meal is represented well. Enjoy that colorful byte

Artists
avatar for Kofi Oduro aka IllestPreacha (CA)

Kofi Oduro aka IllestPreacha (CA)

Illestpreacha's (he/him) practice is an observation of the world around us that he puts into artworks for others to relate to or disagree with. Through AV, Poetry/Narrative & Creative Coding, He highlights the realms of human performance & human mind in different scenarios. "Poetry... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 15:15 - 16:00 CEST
Livestream

16:00 CEST

Indiepocalypse
Indiepocalypse is a monthly indie game anthology featuring games by 10 developers and a pdf companion zine in each issue. The goal to is display the breadth of what indie games while also serving as a work of curated preservation.

Each developer is paid for their inclusion up front and in royalties.

Saturday July 24, 2021 16:00 - 17:00 CEST
Open Screens

16:00 CEST

~CANCELLED~ African Robots & SPACECRAFT: Adventures in Wire Art
Update 24-07-2021: This workshop has been cancelled

In this workshop you will meet over the conference’s video platform (Zoom) with Ralph Borland, head of African Robots & SPACECRAFT, an interventionist art project working with street wire artists in Southern Africa, and Lewis Kaluzi, a master wire artist and long-time collaborator with the project. Ralph and Lewis will introduce participants to the culture and techniques of wire art, showing them basic principles, and making a simple animated, sound-making object together. All participants will briefly perform with their wire art sound toys together to conclude the workshop!

Audience
Recommended for people with an interest in combining handcraft with interactivity and sound, and an interest in popular culture, science-fiction and Afrofuturism.

Requirements
The following items need to be prepared for full immersion in this workshop:
- 1.6mm (16 gauge) galvanised steel wire or similar
- 0.7mm galvanised steel wire binding wire (0.5mm would also work)
- an object for making sound: tuna can, sardine tin, drinks can, coffee cup etc (test what makes a sound)
- rubber bands
- pliers that include wire cutters (or separate wire cutters)
- a hammer and nail to make a hole in the object to which to attach it

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

Get your tickets here!
Only 20 tickets available

Artists
avatar for Lewis Kaluzi

Lewis Kaluzi

Lewis Kaluzi is a master wire artist who grew up in Zimbabwe and has travelled Southern Africa plying his trade. He was inspired by his older brothers to make wire cars. He has made giant diamonds in Namibia, life-size cyclists in Cape Town, and a range of ingenious mechanical co... Read More →
avatar for Ralph Borland (SA)

Ralph Borland (SA)

Ralph Borland (he/him)researches emerging technologies in Africa at HUMA, University of Cape Town. He is an internationally exhibited artist and curator, with work in the New York MoMA. His projects African Robots and SPACECRAFT are collaborations with street wire artists in Southern... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 16:00 - 18:00 CEST
Offstream

16:30 CEST

Caribbean Spice
Come see a small sampling of the creative output from the islands of the Caribbean.
Take a look at the ways developers are using their unique perspectives to help shape the face of the nascent Caribbean Gaming Sector.

Moderators
avatar for Glen Henry (JM)

Glen Henry (JM)

spritewrench
An experienced creative professional, whose love for visual and interactive media led him to a career as an Independent Game Developer. Establishing Spritewrench Studios, a Micro(ish) Game Development Studio based in Kingston, Jamaica. He looks to explore the ways in which Caribbean... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Adrian Hemans (JM)

Adrian Hemans (JM)

Adrien Heman (he/him) started playing music at the age of 8 where he learned basic sight reading. He did this for 3 years until he learned how to play by ear from a separate teacher. When learning to play by ear he first learned guitar, then bass, trap set and finally back to the... Read More →
avatar for Akeem Pennicooke (JM)

Akeem Pennicooke (JM)

Brothers Tyreik & Akeem Pennicooke’s goal is to empower youth through creativity, technology and entrepreneurship. By creating Jamaica's first Cultural video game they hope to open the door to countless creative minds and opportunities in the Caribbean.
avatar for Danhai Williams (JM)

Danhai Williams (JM)

Danhai Williams (he/him) is a certified QA Analyst with a passion for video games that has culminated in a desire to create them. He has over 5 years of experience in traditional app dev but being part of a game dev studio like this is a new experience that he learns from every day... Read More →
avatar for Graham Reid (US)

Graham Reid (US)

GrahamOfLegend is currently a one-man studio formed by Graham Reid, a Jamaican game developer. Graham prioritizes visuals in his work, and his goal is to create stunning and memorable visual experiences for people to enjoy and immerse themselves in.Twitter: http://twitter.com/gra... Read More →
avatar for Joel Moder (JM)

Joel Moder (JM)

Joel Moder (he/him) is a Writer, Musician and Producer specializing in world building and screenwriting.He recently joined JusDev Studios as Game Writer / Game Designer, and spends his free time writing,gaming and modeling three raccoons in a trench coat. He is also strongly considering... Read More →
avatar for Tyreik Pennicooke (JM)

Tyreik Pennicooke (JM)

Brothers Tyreik & Akeem Pennicooke’s goal is to empower youth through creativity, technology and entrepreneurship. By creating Jamaica's first Cultural video game they hope to open the door to countless creative minds and opportunities in the Caribbean.
avatar for Zane Francis (JM)

Zane Francis (JM)

Zane Francis is a software engineer and game developer with a keen interest in delivering unique gaming experiences. He recently started a small independent studio, JusDev Studios based in Jamaica. They are currently developing Washbear Workshop, an off-kilter “physics adjacent... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 16:30 - 17:15 CEST
Livestream

17:00 CEST

EURYDIKE INFECTED - A MINDALTERING MIXED REALITY MYSTERY
EURYDIKE questions our patriarchal high-tech society, which still instrumentalizes women as objects of male desires, degrading them - both living and dead – to passive tools that are neither heard nor seen. The Mixed Reality Mystery liberates the female from her shadowy existence through an gameplay between reality and virtuality: With the interactive exploration of a retrofuturistic venue – a silent, voiceless place – is made resound: The unheard receive a voice.

EURYDIKE INFECTED reacts to the pandemic through an interplay of a real 150m² big game location interacting with AR, VR and 3D Sound. With VR goggles and protective suit user immerse deeply into a sensory labyrinth that wants to be unravelled. The apocalyptic sci-fi scenario confronts with silence, slowness, irritation and loss of control as well as the restriction of physical senses with simultaneous virtual expansion: the social state of emergency as a physical-mental borderline experience that mutates into an encounter with one's own reflection and poses questions about perpetrators and victims anew.

Lead by XR pioneer Evelyn Hriberšek, international artists and creatives are collaborating since 2015 to stimulate a broad attention on gender. Its global relevance is confirmed by radicalizations such as #Gamergate and #MeToo. In the wake of the pandemic, the unheard must not be forgotten - especially as outrages have increased in both the real and the digital.

Web: www.eurydike.org | Insta: @evelyn.hribersek

Image Copyright: © Evelyn Hriberšek 2021|VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2021

Instagram: @evelyn.hribersek | @eurydike.orpheus // Facebook: @Evelyn Hribersek

Hashtags: #EvelynHriberšek #EvelynHribersek #EurydikeOrpheus #EurydikeInfected

::This Open Screens session will be complemented by a live conversation via Zoom. Via this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 861 7482 3527, Passcode: 133016) you can join. More information can be found beneath.::

EURYDIKE INFECTED – ABOUT XR ARTIVISM & DIGITAL ETHICS

What connects #gamergate, virtuality, the pandemic - and the greek myth of Orfeo and
Eurydice? What responsibility do we have as artists when we use and create with new
technologies? Do we need digital ethics, and if so, what might they look like?
A spontaneous and casual exchange about EURYDIKE INFECTED - Explorer Award Nominee
2021 - and the big issues of our digital time with XR pioneer Evelyn Hriberšek.

Saturday July 24, 2021 17:00 - 18:00 CEST
Open Screens

17:30 CEST

Ender Gallery
Ender Gallery is an exhibition space and artist residency that exists inside the game Minecraft, established in January 2021.

Join the first and third artists-in-residence, Cat Haines, and Huidi Xiang, for a tour through their projects, in conversation with the Ender Gallery curators, Cat Bluemke, Jonathan Carroll, and Sarah Friend.

Artists
avatar for Cat Bluemke (CA)

Cat Bluemke (CA)

Cat Bluemke (she/her) is an artist working primarily with video games, performance, and virtual and augmented reality, through which she explores the dichotomy of work and play in contemporary culture. She currently lives and works in Treaty 4 Territory for the MacKenzie Art Gallery... Read More →
avatar for Cat Haines (CA)

Cat Haines (CA)

Cat Haines (she/her) is a white genderqueer trans woman and dyke living on Treaty 4 Territory in Regina, SK. When she isn't playing Minecraft, Cat can be found pursuing a Master's degree in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Regina, with a thesis focusing on transmisogyny... Read More →
avatar for Huidi Xiang (US)

Huidi Xiang (US)

Huidi Xiang (she/her) is an artist and designer, currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. She holds an MFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University (2021). Huidi makes sculptural installations to examine world-making processes and the coexistence of multiple contexts and narratives... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Carroll (CA)

Jonathan Carroll (CA)

SpekWork
Jonathan Carroll (he/him) is an Augmented-, Virtual-, and Mixed Reality artist and developer creating games and software. With a foundation in performance art, his practice evolved from creating applications to facilitate audience-performer interaction to focus on building engaging... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Friend (DE)

Sarah Friend (DE)

Sarah Friend is an artist and software engineer, specializing in blockchain and the p2p web. She is a participant in the Berlin Program for Artists, and a co-curator of Ender Gallery, an artist residency taking place inside the game Minecraft. She is also an alumni of Recurse Centre... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 17:30 - 18:15 CEST
Livestream

18:30 CEST

10 Years of A MAZE: QUIZ!
We are celebrating 10 years of A MAZE this year!
We're going to test your knowledge about all things A MAZE. in the big 10 years of A MAZE quiz! Do you have what it takes?

Everyone can take part at home, in the A MAZE Space, just take a pen and paper and write your answers!
More details to follow!

Saturday July 24, 2021 18:30 - 19:15 CEST
Livestream

19:15 CEST

Patch XR - Patchathon Work Presentation.
A MAZE FESTIVAL & PATCH XR are thrilled to announce that Patchathon #2 is live and running from July16th to 24th. 20 artists from 13 different countries will collaborate to patch and play for a week long. This session will be the final performance streamed live.

More info + follow along for the week: https://patchxr.com/patchathon/

Artists involved
Alexandria Rowan [Dozier] (US)
Corey Bertelsen (US)
Damian T. Dziwis (DE)
Francesco Corvi [Nesso] (IT)
Gilbert Nouno [Til Berg] (CH)
Juan Orjuela (CO)
Laura Luna Castillo (MX)
Louise Nornes [ Tonal Huldra ] (NO)
Louis-Louise Kay [ MOWUKIS ] (FR)
Malitzin Cortes [ CNDSD ] & Ivan Abreu (MX)
Matias Vilaplana (CL)
Warja Rybakova & Irina Shutova [ Neslob ] (RS)
Patrick Hartono (ID)
Paula OS (AR)
Ramiro N. Alvarez (AR)
Robbie Lynn (US)
Ted Pallas (US)
Tomson Fauster [ BitNet01 ] (IT)
Victoria Volokitina & Valeria Kolmogorova (RU)
Vincent Cellucci (NL)

Saturday July 24, 2021 19:15 - 20:15 CEST
Livestream

20:15 CEST

DJ Storno Closing Party
Thorsten S. Wiedemann aka DJ Storno plays music! Yeah!


Saturday July 24, 2021 20:15 - 22:00 CEST
Livestream

23:00 CEST

Nanotopia’s Midnight Mushroom Music Living Mycelium - Premiere

During the performance Metaverse Artist R00T is embodying the Mycelium spirit through an interpretive dance together with other Mycelials from the MCSA.

Terrestrials visiting Mycelia might find themselves able to interact with the virtual Mycelia organism that is connected to Living physical mycelium. Touching the Mycelia organism triggers sensors in the physical world, behaving as a form of physical touch. The real-world mycelium responds sonically* & visually within Mycelia.

Space is limited to these performances - registration is required to ensure you experience these events in VRChat. All performances are PWYC with a suggested donation of 10 €.  Register here.

Mycelia resides in VRChat and requires a PCVR compatible headset. No Quest supported (except when using the pc version via virtual desktop or airlink). PC users without VR headset can also access the world in 2D desktop mode through VRChat.

Make sure to install VRChat, setup your profile and walk through the tutorial if you are a new user: https://store.steampowered.com/app/438100/VRChat/

For folks without a headset or PC there will be free live streamed performances:
July 21st 21:00CEST https://youtu.be/XBiV09kHVTA
July 22nd 21:00CEST https://youtu.be/MxasZY0j1U8
July 24 23:00CEST https://youtu.be/9z8MXDVy-4M

Credits:
Mycelia original concept by:
Tosca Terán & Sara Lisa Vogl

Mycelia world created by:
The MCSA

Avatars created by:
The MCSA
Tyson Cross
Tosca Terán
Sara Lisa Vogl

Generative ambient reactive audio:
Nanotopia
Ganoderma lucidum
Pleurotus ostreatus

Atmospheric audio & performance audio set-up:
The MCSA’s Tonetastic

Artists
avatar for Tosca Terán (CA)

Tosca Terán (CA)

Nanotopia
Nanotopia are interdisciplinary, human holobionts whose work is a confluence of art, ecology, and craft.  With funding, and residencies from the Goethe-Institute, Canada Arts, BigCi Environmental Award, Ars Electronica, and Coalesce Centre for Biological Art for their fungal bio-data... Read More →


Saturday July 24, 2021 23:00 - 23:55 CEST
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