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Of Games – Gaming residency at Khoj

At the forefront of collaborative and interdisciplinary practices, Khoj presents Of Games – Gaming residency. Keen to explore new medium and forms of creativity, Khoj wants to develop this gaming residency towards an intersection of artistic expression and technological enquiry. This residency is an exciting opportunity to articulate the contribution of games towards visual culture. Khoj offers its 16 years of archive as an inspiration to produce new games contributing to the creative and cultural importance of computer games.

Games are as common-place today as cinema as a narrative medium. Some games offer contexts for immersion into gameplay while others offer contexts as models of complexity. In either case, we have an immediate way of breaking out of ourselves and being immersed in gameplay that offers us a system more logically consistent than the one our consciousness is loaded into.

In the residency, we aim to look beyond the interpretation of rendering gameplay as an artistic activity. The residency explores kinds of gameplay and platform-bending paradigms that inter-disciplinary teams of developers, story-tellers and pixel-crafters forge together. We start with an interest in psychological landscape, simulation, modelling and soft-architectures. We then take these interests to six teams who propose and put-together ludic narratives. This will take the form of a five-week residency which exploits inherent looseness in the frames that hold story-telling, cinema and software together.

Through the month of May, Khoj invited applications from individuals, groups and teams, Indian and international, with proposals for gaming projects exploring the game-world and its experience from different perspectives. The teams will work towards a game prototype during the residency.

Six practitioners/ groups have been selected for a five week residency at Khoj from 17th August to 22nd September. Participants will be residing in Khoj to develop their projects and take part in various public engagement programs structured by Khoj. There will be industry mentors who will support the participants in various aspects of their project. Workshop on data management, visual programming tools like Stencyl and other game prototyping frameworks, will provide the knowledge, skills and techniques that can be implemented in their games. On the other hand talks on gamification and game design can provide the necessary theoretical frameworks to the participants to base their game on.

In addition to the residency, Khoj will also display a small exhibition with works exploring the gaming imagery. The exhibition will juxtapose art with games and gaming technologies including the old board games of India like Ganjifas, works of  Harun Farocki and video games. The selected works will capture image making process explored in both and highlight the engagement while gaming. An interrogation of cross pollination between games and arts is the underlying theme of the exhibition.

This residency is co curated by Prayas Abhinav.