Join our playful workshops 20 June – The City as a Playground

Join us this Saturday for two workshops as part of Culturele Zondag’s Day of Architecture.

We’re collaborating with Expodium for a day about the City as a Playground. More info about the full line-up with talks and a performance you can find here.

As part of this day you can participate in 2 workshops. Hack the City will explore the city with its rules and systems and how to redefine them with playful interventions. Musicbox will give a hands-on introduction to programming and sound with Arduino. The workshops are free but please be present at the start of the workshop.

20 June 2015

12:00 – 14:00 Workshop Urban Hacking/ Hack the City – Abner Preis* [in English]
14:00 – 17:00 Workshop One Button Game – Phoenix Perry [in English]*

Workshop 1

Hack the City – Abner Preis

Join the Playful Revolution!

The street is our playground, old-skool fun with chalk and street games. We’re going to take to the streets and look at the rules and systems that (subconsciously) guide us through a city. How can we expose these rules, break them? Let us re-define the use of public space.We’ll delve into the realms of urban play for a streak of urban gamey-experiential-flashmobby Hacktivism.

  • Language: English
  • Bring: Yourself
  • Max participants: 15
  • Time: 12:00 – 14:00
  • Location: Werkspoorkathedraal and surroundings

About Abner Preis:

Abner Preis was raised in Philadelphia, where he earned a BFA at Tyler School of Fine Arts and is presently working on an MFA at the Dutch Art Institute Arnhem, NL. The artist is known for his interactive public performances and mixed-media work, with the concept of traditional story-telling as the central aspect. Appropriation, the element of surprise, participation, playfulness and political and social engagement are elements that appear throughout Preis’ work, whether performance, drawing, video, installation or photography.

Preis has exhibited his work and performed in institutions such as De Kunsthal, Showroom Mama, Solo Presentation Scope Miami,Museum Jan Cunen, Twent Beinnalle, Museum Twentsewelle, Dordrechts Museum, IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam). Preis has been the recipient of several artist residencies in KunstHuis SYB, Museum Quartier Vienna, Foundation B.A.D., Kunst and Complex and was nominated for the Illy Prize at Art Rotterdam in 2010. He regularly performs in international art and public spaces, independently or in collaboration with his collective, The Dogs of Shame. Preis lives and works in Rotterdam.

Workshop 2:

Musicbox  – Phoenix Perry

Let’s make some noise! This workshop is a short introduction to programming and sound with Arduino. Participants will work in groups of two to create an interactive music box. In the end, we will have a cacophonous jam session with our new instruments. No programming or electronics experience is required to participate.

Expect to learn some fundamentals of programming and physical computing.

If you are coming alone, bring a laptop. If you are coming with a friend, make sure one of you brings a laptop.

Also please download and install Arudino ahead of time:

About Phoenix Perry

Phoenix Perry creates physical games and experiences. In advocacy for women in game development, she founded Code Liberation Foundation. At HKU University of the Arts Utrecht in the Netherlands, she teaches as a Senior Lecturer in interaction design and games while pursuing her PhD in Computer Science at Utrecht University.

  • Language: English
  • Bring: Yourself + laptop with Arduino software installed
  • Max participants: 10
  • Time: 14:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Werkspoorkathedraal


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