Panel discussion Diversity In Videogames?

Perfect Woman © Peter Lu & Lea Schönfelder, 2014 Perfect Woman © Peter Lu & Lea Schönfelder, 2014

Wed, 03/01/2017

Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Auditorium

530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

In the context of the touring exhibition GAMES AND POLITICS.

Join us for an interesting discussion on diversity in the playable media!
Race, gender, aging are some of the topics still rare in videogames. Dealing with digital diversity definitely represents a controversial topic with diverse yet unanswered questions. How does the gaming industry seize on diverse themes, which are part of our life long reality? And to what extent are games able to influence human perception, thinking and acting? The Goethe-Institut San Francisco in partnership with Open Austria are thrilled to host experts from various fields discussing those topics, offering a deeper and more vivid insight on a very heterogenous debate.
We are happy to welcome at the Goethe-Institut:

Courtesy of Josef Wiesner Courtesy of Josef Wiesner Josef Wiesner: partner and friend of the Viennese indie game studio Broken Rules, organises and curates the local-multiplayer event called zamSpielen, together with Matthias Menrath and Broken Rules, part of the team of digital culture and game hub Subotron, responsible for the "corporate identity" of the online magazine “Elektro Uschi”.

Bonnie Ruberg Courtesy of Bonnie Ruberg Bonnie Ruberg: postdoctoral scholar at the University of Southern California in the Interactive Media and Games Division, incoming Assistant Professor of Informatics at UC Irvine, she received her PhD from UC Berkeley in conjunction with the Berkeley Center for New Media, also the lead organizer for the annual Queerness and Games Conference (QGCon).

Courtesy of Philip Jones Courtesy of Philip Jones Philip Jones: Director of “Games in Color”, queer youth and active gamer,  works as the lead scripter and assistant writer for cyberpunk adventure game Read Only Memories, also helps organize the GaymerX conventions as its exhibitor director, you can find them on Twitter @ProBearCub.

Lasse Scherffig Courtesy of Lasse Scherffig Lasse Scherffig: Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at San Francisco Art Institute, Co-Founder of the artist group Paidia Institute, has exhibited work at Radical Networks, New York; Nam June Paik Art Center, Yonging; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Science Gallery Dublin; Transmediale; ISEA; and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing.

Greg Niemeyer Courtesy of Greg Niemeyer Moderator: Greg Niemeyer (Associate Professor in Digital Media in Art Practice, UC Berkeley; Former Director Berkeley Center for New Media)

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