15. November 2019 Johannes Wolters

Köln, 19.-21. November: 10th Clash of Realities: Summits, Keynotes and Workshops

10th Anniversary Edition: Summits, Keynote Speakers and Specials

From November 19-21, 2019, the 10th Clash of Realities Conference will be held at the Cologne Game Lab. To mark its anniversary, the international research conference is expanding its program with two specials. The European Theatre Ensemble G.I.F.T. will perform its latest play „Momentum Nostrum“ that interactively engages the audience. During the conference, we will also host the touring exhibition „Games Culture in Germany. 20 Milestones“ by the Computerspielemuseum, presenting characteristics of the German games industry and embedding them in international developments, so visitors get an impression of the global evolution of games.

In 2006, Clash of Realities began as a conference focusing on media-pedagogical issues, creating a forum for the transfer of knowledge from research to politics and media. Over the years, it was opened thematically by adding pillars like Game Studies, Game Development and Film & Games, turning it into how it stands today: a place where theory and practice come together to enrich each other and establish an opportunity for interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue. This year, we are happy to welcome more than 60 renowned international experts from the academia, science and research, economics, politics and the game industry.

19. Nov | Opening Event

The conference kick-off will include the opening keynote, a theatrical performance as well as the opening of the interactive exhibition. In the run-up the Young Academics Workshop will take place again. This year the workshop is dedicated to the topic „Games, Play, Mental Health“

09.45 am – 05.00 pm
Young Academics Workshop: Games, Play, Mental Health [more].

06.00 pm – 08.30 pm
Conference Opening: Opening keynote and theatrical performance.

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Opening Keynote

Jörg Friedrich [more] Paintbucket Games

Title
„YOU DO HAVE RESPONSIBILITY…“
How games trivialize fascism, why this should concern us and how we could change it.

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„Momentum Nostrum“
by G.I.F.T. theatre ensemble“Momentum Nostrum“ is an absurd, overdrawn fairground event with a master of ceremonies leading through the evening on a fair. In the course of the play, this character is unmasked as a figure or instance that plays power games. Almost inevitably, the question arises: Why do we actually „play“ war? And why does everyone, including the audience, play along? Or will the audience be able to give the spectacle another twist through interaction?
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­ 08.45 pm – 10.30 pm
Exhibition Opening: Welcome and get-together
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„Games Culture in Germany.
Milestones“
by ComputerspielemuseumThe history of German games culture is full of episodes that testify both to the success and to the failure of the new medium’s protagonists. From November 19-21 this special exhibition presents a selection of milestones in German games culture to bring these tales back to memory.Find out more here.
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­ 20. Nov | Summit Day

The Summit Day will feature talks, project presentations, panel discussions, and workshops. It is divided into the five following tracks

  • Game Studies Summit: Paratextualizing Games [more]
  • Media Education Summit: Digital Games and Children [more]
  • Game Development Summit: Strange Worlds – About Spatial Experiences in Digital Games [more]
  • History in Games Summit: Contingencies of an Authentic Past [more]
  • Film and Games Summit: Crossing Boundaries in Narrative [more]

You can check out the entire program with the exact times and rooms of the Summit Day here.

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­ 21. Nov | Main Conference Day

The main day of the Clash of Realities will feature renowned speakers from all around the globe.

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Ian Bogost
Georgia Institute of TechnologyKeynote Title
The Weird History of Windows SolitaireLearn more about the speaker here.
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Maxime Durand
Ubisoft MontrealKeynote Title
Speak about the research on AC, museum partnerships and the Discovery Tour.Learn more about the speaker here.
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Isabela Granic
Radboud UniversityKeynote Title
The Science of Identity Development: Principles and Practices for the Next Generation of Social Digital DesignLearn more about the speaker here.
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Johanna Koljonen
Participation Design AgencyKeynote Title
Hamlet on the Analogue Holodeck: Alibi Design in Narrative ExperiencesLearn more about the speaker here.
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Angela Schwarz
University of SiegenKeynote Title
Quarry – Playground – Brand: Popular History in VideogamesLearn more about the speaker here.
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Dylan Yamada-Rice
Royal College of ArtKeynote Title
Including Children in the Design of PlayLearn more about the speaker here.
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