The Politics of Live-Action Role Play Experiences

A chat with Mario Mu on May 24th 9am PDT

April 30, 2021

Can games seep into the political, social, and cultural realms of life? Across projects that fuse game development, filmmaking within game engines, LARP (live-action role play), and more, Mario Mu interrogates this question. The Croatian-born artist now lives in Berlin, where he conducts research about games, labor, and memory. After a career illustrating for commercial brands such as Doodle Jump and publishing with Gestalten, Mario continues his independent creative practice, with all projects he thinks of as ‘extended gaming platforms.’

In this talk, we will speak with Mario about his process in designing games and live-action role play experiences, how he incorporates research on politics and labor into his creative practice, and shifting from commercial work to a personal practice situated in the fine-art world.

This event is part of Killscreen’s Theory programming. (See below)

About Your Speaker

Mario Mu is a Croatian born artist who works on various research projects which are often constructed as extended gaming platforms. Apart from frequently incorporating sound and drawing, his practice mainly shifts between game design, 3D animation, and performance. He has been working on a series of LARP events as an author, collaborator, or performer in Play Co London and Zagreb, Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam, Galerie gr_und, Acud and UdK in Berlin.

Mario is currently working on commissioned architecture books through Gestalten publishing, and developing new game projects from his studio in Berlin.

What to Expect

Killscreen divides its events into two categories Theory and Method. Theory courses are lectures, talks, and other one-to-many events. Method events are workshops, immersive, and other smaller hands-on programming.

Once you’re registered you can access this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Killscreen online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.

This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.

Killscreen is an arts and culture organization committed to advancing the dialogue and practice of games and play. Founded in 2010, we seek to drive the intersection of games, play, and culture through cross-disciplinary collaboration to show the world why play matters. We want to break down the barriers that have traditionally segregated play and games from other creative disciplines and highlight creators with ambassadorial relationships to the world around us.

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