The WORLD AT PLAY summer school is a part of a Voluptas research project into the intersection between game design, architecture and ludic pedagogy.
“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done”
(Bible, Genesis 2:2-3, New King James Version)
This summer school proposes the makings of a new cosmogony: the creation of a playable world in one week. Then we rest.
A limited number of students from different backgrounds (architecture, game design, programming, art, philosophy) will come together to build the genesis of a playable digital world. The elemental ingredients of this world will be provided by the architecture projects produced by the Voluptas design studio: their spaces, mechanics, images and desires.
For one week, the team will evolve towards the common goal by drawing from their specific strengths and individual learning backgrounds, tutored by Pippin Barr, Andri Gerber and Francisco Moura Veiga.
Starting with a first day of theoretical input by the Voluptas chair, Tracy Fullerton, Bob Sumner, Emily Short, and Stefano Gualeni students will gain an overview of the week‘s processes and the end goal. the week will continue with a series of daily exercises and discussions with the tutors feeding into the creation of the world. On the last day, the playable world will be presented to a group of architects, game designers, and artists.
Send your applications (a short portfolio and letter of motivation of maximum 4 MB) to Francisco Moura Veiga at [email protected]
Voluptas is the euphoric daughter of its time—the intoxicating offspring of measure and spirit. Amending the millenary Vitruvian ordinances of firmitas, utilitas and venustas, Voluptas initiates a transversal investigation on contemporary issues and sets combinatory dynamics as the channel of proliferating singularities. Its looping trajectory toward a saturation of problem settings aims at the empirical emanation of an alternative view of the urban condition. Enforcing desire as its prevalent agent, Voluptas is the elegiac display of residual energy.
It is the Charbonnet/Heiz design chair at the D-ARCH of the ETH Zurich.
LINK: WORLD AT PLAY