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T Game

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T Game is a Tabakalera project that will address the presence and ramifications of video games in our society through quite different activities and postures.

The eruption of video games in our lives is unstoppable, and they don’t just occupy our leisure time. Key aspects of this industry, like game mechanics and gamification, audiovisual aesthetics, recreated worlds, and developed technologies, are filtering through into unexpected areas such as the economy, leisure, education, health, film, and social networks.

There is a two-way relationship between contemporary culture and the video game sector. No industry generates more employment in the creative sector: here numerous composers, designers, artists, and scriptwriters have found an environment for professional development, while others use the same tools to critically subvert what this industry represents. Offerings are being developed that range from escapism to the most critical confrontations with our reality, from isolation to playing and working via networks, and from physical exercise to the virtual space.

To address these themes, Tabakalera is proposing a series of offerings developed through different departments. There will be a space for reflection and debate through the International Video Game Seminar “Una realidad videoludificada. La importancia social del videojuego en la sociedad contemporánea” (A video-gamified reality. The social importance of video games in contemporary society) directed by Daniel Muriel, Doctor of Sociology and one of the leading experts on the relationship between video games and society. This seminar will take place between 28 and 30 April.

From 25 March to 16 May, Lau Pareta Hall will house the Bideo-jokoak. Play Without End exhibition, with works created by artists that have used video game mechanics and aesthetics at a given time to think about the contemporary world, exploring its artistic dimension as well as its cultural and political possibilities. There will be a virtual meeting from 1 to 5 June. This project arises from a work group coordinated by artist and theorist Luca Carrubba around digital culture and video games. The event will address virtual spaces as a place for social interactions as well as cultural practices and artistic experimentation, presenting some of the non- physical forms of relationships and realities mediated through the digital world. It will take place in an exclusively virtual space that we will be able to experience through our own avatar.

In addition, places for play in different Tabakalera spaces will be enabled throughout the project, and Medialab workshops will be offered on virtual environment design and creation, among others. Tabakalera will offer this programme from March to June, and invites all types of audiences of all ages and levels of fandom to come participate, share, reflect, and of course, play.

Activities

  • Exhibitions
    25-03-2021 > 16-05-2021 - 12:00-14:00/16:00-20:00

    Gamification, or the implementation of gaming in everyday practices, is a key concept for the understanding of the works presented in this exhibition.

    Location: - Lau Pareta

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  • Conferences and seminars
    29-04-2021 - 12:30-13:45

    Incorporated into the neoliberal discourse, certain types of video game and the fusion of running with social media and gamification have contributed to the expansion of that meaning of resilience in the popular collective imagination. At the same time, however, some video games and certain running discourses and practices raise criticisms, identify cracks and propose alternative ways of understanding resilience. 

    Location: - Sala Z

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  • Conferences and seminars
    29-04-2021 - 17:30-18:45

    In recent years, the popularity of talent shows such as Operación Triunfo and Masterchef, as well as the emergence of YouTubers and streamers such as El Rubius and Ibai Llanos, has marked the emergence of a new work imaginary in which the definitions of what we understand as “work” are changing. 

    Location: - Sala Z

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  • Conferences and seminars
    29-04-2021 - 19:00-20:30

    Marta Trivi and Marina Amores, joint managers of both projects, will talk about what it has meant to draw attention to issues and a debate that, unfortunately, still need to be analysed and resolved more than most people realise. An episode of Nerfeadas will be shown.

    Location: - Sala Z

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  • Conferences and seminars
    30-04-2021 - 12:30-13:45

    In this talk, we will explore the so-called slow games, their history, their design philosophy and their players, always thinking about how these react to and reflect the times we are living in, marked by an accelerated pace that urgently calls for pauses and silences.

    Location: - Sala Z

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  • Conferences and seminars
    30-04-2021 - 19:00-20:15

    In this conference, we will propose regaining control over the game and over the management of our bodies, data and cities, putting forward the concept of governance through play as a possibility for opposing and resisting algorithmic governance.

    Location: - Sala Z

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  • Conferences and seminars
    05-05-2021 - 19:00-20:00

    ​In this wide-ranging conversation, artist Zach Blas and curator/writer Ana Teixeira Pinto will discuss surveillance, gamification, and the enduring Californian Ideology in relation to Blas's expansive art practice.

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  • Workshops
    27-05-2021 - 18:00

     Do virtual bodies and avatars challenge gender inequalities or do they reinforce them? 

    Location: - Medialab

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  • Performances
    25-03-2021 - 19:00-20:00

    A whole generation enjoyed the peculiarity of these attractions, which means that reviewing, remembering and paying tribute to them is an obligation. "Arcade sKroll” borrows part of the legacy of this revolutionary universe and through the concert format invites us to an immersive experience, reviewing hundreds of video games and sound tracks from those colourful and scintillating days of muted technologies. The start button on arcade machines is just for starting the game.

    Location: - Sala Z

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