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Joue le jeu / Play Along

Summer 2012

From 21 June to 12 August 2012
Come and see La Gaité Lyrique transformed into an immense playground of new ways to play!

 

Giant games, indie arcades, lectures, concerts... 

All summer long at La Gaîté lyrique, Joue le jeu / Play Along showcases new forms of games that are at the heart of the emerging golden age of creative game design. Prepare to be entertained. This exhibition isn't a static retrospective, but rather an active celebration of all types of interactive play: from innovative, cutting edge video games, to mixed digital/physical, social and even board games. Come and explore this rapidly growing cultural phenomenon with an international community of games creators brought together by La Gaîté lyrique: new narratives, game styles and innovative aesthetics that are radically different from familiar industry blockbusters.

 

A 5000 m2  playground controlled by joysticks or your body, alone or with fellow players.
 

What to see... what to do... 

Joue le jeu / Play Along uses La Gaîté lyrique's hybrid spaces, where architecture goes hand in hand with technology, to create conversations between bodies, the space around them and virtual worlds. The Giant games will bring the Gaîté’s physical space to life and create a dynamic, accessible connection between physical and digital worlds through a set of collaborative, theatrical and interpersonal interactions. On the menu: The Building is, from Hide&Seek (United Kingdom) – a game that winds its way throughout the building and allows visitors to interact with, and influence, its moods! Interference, a strikingly elegant, architectural-scale game from Eric Zimmerman and Nathalie Pozzi (United States); and Opérette, a delightful experience from Daily tous les jours (Canada, QC) that playfully brings the history of la Gaîté lyrique to life. 


From the purely joyful to the radically experimental, from simple games to the most elaborate aesthetic experiences, the show’s re-envisioned Arcades shine a light on contemporary indie and artistic games, and the new ways of playing they encourage. In Meowton, the hot New York collective Babycastles transforms a whole gallery into a sprawling cat-themed game town. The PEEK section features innovative, beautifully crafted and highly anticipated games such as Fez - developed by iconoclast and independent artist Phil Fish and his team, or The Witness, the new game from iconic designer Jon Blow, creator of Braid. Some inventive new games are only five minutes long, others require only your body as a controller: for example, in FLX four players collaborate simply by moving their bodies to negotiate an on-screen obstacle course where they are attached by long elastic bands, or in Ninja Shadow Warrior, one or more players use their bodies to imitate the shape of on-screen objects.

And don’t miss the talks, films and concerts presented during Joue le jeu / Play Along which promise to stimulate discussion, reflection, and present unforgettable stories and spectacles.



Come and see La Gaité lyrique transformed into an immense playground with something for everyone.

Curators: Lynn Hughes (Canada,QC), Heather Kelley (United States) and Cindy Poremba (Canada, QC).

 

 

Full programme to come

  • le programme

Rendezvous
Tournament: Johann Sebastian Joust
From 21 to 23 Jun 2012
Come along and play Joust, alone or with friends. No buttons, no screens, just your hands! Read more
Screening
Indie Game: The Movie
French avant-première
From 29 to 30 Jun 2012
Portraits of independent artists who programme their own video games outside the network of big studios. A multi award-winning documentary being screened in France for the first time. Read more
Talk
Keita Takahashi
Talking while drawing
Saturday 11 August 2012
Creator of inventive and eccentric games such as Katamari Damacy, Keita Takahashi is coming to speak while drawing, draw while speaking: free expression from this iconoclast contributor. Read more
Event finished

  • Les visites

Tour
Tour with exhibition producers
For Gaîté members
Tuesday 26 June 2012
The Joue le jeu/Play along producers tour the exhibition route with Gaîté members. Read more
Event finished
Tour
Guided tour
A Round at Play Along
From 23 Jun to 11 Aug 2012
Joue le jeu/Play along gives pride of place to interactive games: video games, board games, social games and building games. Read more
Event finished
Exhibition
The game trail for Play Along
This is not an exhibition
From 21 Jun to 12 Aug 2012
Expect to get on your feet, grab a joystick and throw some dice as La Gaîté Lyrique transforms itself into a big playground. Come alone or with friends. Read more
Resources Centre
This summer at the resources centre
Play, watch, read
From 21 Jun to 12 Aug 2012
Prolong your Play Along trail at the Resources Centre and discover our selections of books, videos and, for the first time, board games. Read more

  • Les rencontres

Talk
Meet-up with Damien Di Fede
Friday 22 June 2012
A meet-up with composer and producer of "The Elephant is in the room", on exhibit in the Chambre Sonore during Joue le Jeu/Play Along. Talk in English. Read more
Talk
Talk with Daniel Val
designer of dos do mayo
Saturday 23 June 2012
Meet-up with the designer of "Dos do Mayo", one of the featured games at Joue le Jeu/Play Along. Free entry at the Centre de Ressources. Talk in English. Read more
Event finished
Talk
Spaces of Possibility
a lecture by N. Pozzi et E.Zimmerman
Saturday 23 June 2012
What a game designer learned from an architect + what an architect learned from a game designer. With N. Pozzi & E. Zimmerman, artists presented during Joue le jeu/ Play Along. Read more
Event finished
Rendezvous
How to create your own game?
Thursday 19 July 2012
Get all the gen on the Unity engine, a talk from Joe Robins of Unity Technologies on the increasing accessibility of games creation. Read more
Event finished

  • Les ateliers

Workshop
Intergenerational video gaming tournament
Wednesday 4 July 2012
Come and take on the participants of the Game Older ateliers, the Gaîté workshop that brings together over 65-year olds who want to hone their video gaming skills. Read more
Event finished
Workshop
Make your own sound circuit
with Freeka
Saturday 7 July 2012
Come and mess around with a mini electric circuit with Do It Yourself genius, Freeka, at this visuals and sound experimentation workshop. Read more
Workshop
Giant game with UnderConstruction
An Adolidays workshop
From 10 to 13 Jul 2012
UnderConstruction dusts down the game of Snakes & Ladders: using the layout of Joue le jeu / Play along, teenagers will make their own game within the game! Read more
Event finished
Workshop
Appropration and misappropriation of gaming tools
Saturday 21 July 2012
Meet-up and workshop with Balthazar Auxietre. Video gaming design following the example of Cryengine, the software behind the game Crysis and numerous other original creations by gamers and artists. Read more
Event finished
Workshop
Hands-on Haptics
Tuesday 24 July 2012
Explore your sense of touch and learn the basic science of haptics - improve your ability to exploit sensory illusion and movement. Read more
Event finished
Workshop
Super Mario Brush
with Collective Lab 212
From 18 to 25 Jul 2012
Using the Super Mario Bros universe, the collective, LAB212, offers children the chance to use printmaking and a big grid-lined piece of paper to design the screen of their own imaginary game... that will then come to life! Read more
Event finished

  • Gaîté Live

Gaîté Live
Gaîté Live Joue le jeu
Interviews, articles, videos...
From 21 Jun to 12 Aug 2012
Starting June 21st, La Gaîté Lyrique is turning itself into a giant playground. Gaîté Live is going into play mode to offer you an alternative way of getting involved. Read more
Event finished

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