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.


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 go to our Contact page to sign up.


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.


TAG is dedicated to fostering a safer space at the lab and at all of our events: this means creating an environment where people who are typically excluded from or marginalized in game-related or academic spaces feel welcome and respected. The goal of safer spaces is to encourage all participants to work together to prevent or reduce harm, particularly for those who are often the targets of violence and harassment, and ensure that marginalized individuals are not being pushed out of the space.

If you feel that someone is making the space unsafe for you, if you notice that someone else is being made to feel unsafe, or if you have any other concerns, please contact an staff member. They will be happy to help you contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise help you to feel safe. We value your attendance.

People whose behaviour is making others around them feel unsafe will be asked to cease the offending behaviour and will be expected to comply or leave the space immediately. 

Useful contacts

Centre for Gender Advocacy – Gabrielle Bouchard, psa@genderadvocacy.org
GAMERella Organizers – Gina Haraszti, tag.coordinator@concordia.ca
TAG Director – Lynn Hughes, lynn.hughes@concordia.ca

Campus Security – 514-848-3717 (Dial 1 for urgent situations, dial 2 for non-urgent situations)
Local sexual assault hot line – 514 398-8500 (sacomss.org)
Local emergency and non-emergency medical – 911
Local taxi company – Diamond, 514 273-6331

The text for this policy is adapted from http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment

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