Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) is an interdisciplinary centre for research/creation in game studies and design, digital culture and interactive art based at Concordia University in Montréal. TAG brings together scholars, artists, designers, engineers and students from all departments at Concordia and we welcome participants from other universities, the game and media arts industries and community based groups. See our members page.
At the heart of TAG is a shared interest and concern with digital games as exemplary objects for cultural research, artistic creation, technical innovation and social mediation, all in the context of an expanding information society and the changing fabric of everyday life.
TAG has a triple mandate to:
- » Initiate and support collaborative research/creation of projects in digital game studies and design, both at the student and faculty levels.
- » Build bridges and establish partnerships with games related industries, independent game developers and international researchers and artists.
- » Actively explore and develop viable models of interdisciplinary research collaboration.
WHERE IS TAG?
TAG lives at Concordia University on the 11th floor of the EV building at 1515 Ste. Catherine St W. We have three spaces – The TAG Lab is our research centre space (EV 11-655) in the Hexagram complex (Institute for Research-Creation in Media Art and Technology), which is for student and faculty members to use for research, writing and meetings. The Hex Game Lab is accessible to all Hexagram members (faculty and graduate students) for gaming and game development and is the location of our console and PC game library and our weekly Cinq a Septs. The mLab is a new state of the art gameplay research lab run under the auspices of the CRC in Game Studies and Design located in the Faubourg Tower (FB-501).
WHAT WE DO
TAG interests span the breadth of game studies and design with a focus on six main areas: 1. Games, Interface and Gesture 2- Gameplay Cultures/Player Experience 3- Material Cultural History of Interactive Media 4- Games and Public Engagement 5- Interactive Narrative, and 6- Industry Game Development/Creative Social Economy. For a closer look at the research projects go to the projects page.
Beyond all of the blood, sweat and tears of research – there is also an even more fun side to TAG – and everyone is invited! We hold events and workshops, bring in important game designers and theorists as visiting lecturers, hold game jams, run summer incubators and a whole lot more (see our events page). TAG students also organize a weekly open house between 5 and 7 PM, where researchers and members of the community get together to play, talk and create game related works. These events are open to the public and we encourage anyone interested in becoming involved with the Centre to stop by and learn more. This is the first entry point to TAG and is the BEST way to meet people and learn about what we do. If you want to be on our mailing list – send an e-mail to the TAG coordinator and s/he will add you to the mailing list – tag.coordinator [at] concordia.ca.
TAG’s resources are broad and range from access to state of the art technology – an array of gaming platforms and ever growing game library, a solid interdisciplinary infrastructure for collaboration, game creation and study – to a depth of talent, expertise and general human awesomeness. This includes an expanding and developing network of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from over 20 different departments, as well as collaborators from the game industry and community. Financial and infrastructural support for university-based and partner-driven independent game design is also available, as is close integration with undergraduate and graduate degree requirements in several departments across the fine arts and arts and science faculties at Concordia.
- » Bart Simon is the TAG Centre Director.
- simonb [at] alcor.concordia.ca
- » Lynn Hughes is the TAG Associate Director.
- lynn.hughes [at ] concordia.ca
- » Jane Tingley is the TAG Centre Coordinator.
- tag.coordinator [at] concordia.ca
- » Stuart Thiel is the Game Lab Technician.
- stuart.thiel [at] gmail.com
- » Max Stein is the Website Coordinator.
- maxwell.stein [at] gmail.com
TAG Research Centre
Hexagram EV 11-655
1515 St. Catherine St. West,
Montréal, Québec. H3G 2W1
Tel: (514) 848-2424 x4061
Fax. (514) 848-4965