The Future of Play: Communal Songs and Children’s Games

Workshop Leaders: NALO HOPKINSON and CAITLIN BURNS

Location: Art Museum Lower Level Gallery (South Gallery, to the right when you enter the museum)

We make stories about everything. A scientific experiment is a narrative. Sex is a narrative. Putting your shoes on in the morning — if you have shoes — is a narrative. Certainly, politics and religion are narratives. Some of our oldest narratives/histories are carried/buried/alluded to in work songs and historical children’s games. Communally created, culturally specific, mutable, not owned by any one person; they are open source truths. What will the children’s games of the future be? In a world where children’s games are brightly colored things made of molded plastic that you buy in a store, many people’s work no longer involves hard physical labor, and social communication means Twitter or Tumblr, what communal stories will our primal need for narrative create? In this workshop, participants will use social media and digital tools to create their own communal play songs and games of the future.

Schedule:

Thursday Feb 28th 8:00-09:00am Registration at  Stauffer B, ASU Tempe

Thursday Feb 28th 9:00am-12pm Welcome and Opening at Stauffer B

Thursday, Feb 28th 1-5pm & Friday, Mar 1st, 9am to 5pm Workshop

See full schedule for other conference events.

PARTICIPANTS:

Ashley C
Cathy P
Christopher D
Grisha C
Isaac W
Jennet K
Joseph J
Kimberly S
Lauren W K
Leslie-Jean T
Malena B
Robert J Z
Ashley I
Daniel F
David T
Emmanuel C
Michael Pr
Parker L D
Julie A