Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) is an interdisciplinary centre for research/ creation in game studies and design, digital culture and interactive art


May 02, 2014

The Ability Jam


Come and spend a day exploring ideas and issues related to abilities/disabilities and then prototype interesting games as a result of the discussions and group brainstorming. We encourage participants to address the theme in any way that they find interesting. This may mean trying to think more deeply about the challenges of a visible or audio or any other disability as well as (or) approaching the subject more obliquely, poetically or metaphorically.

On this particular occasion, we are going to limit the formal jam process to one day. The short timeline will help us maintain the intensity but it will also limit what we can do.  We therefore expect most people to paper prototype a game -either individually or as a duo or small group. There will be a couple of MaKey MaKey kits available however. And there will be experienced people on hand to give advice about game design and jamming.

If participants want to continue to work on their project after the workshop, as a paper prototype or as a digital one, they will be supported to stay on informally for a second day.

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WHEN? FRIDAY MAY 2nd (and Saturday May 3rd informally)

WHERE? Concordia University, EV building 11.705

Proposed program:

9.00: Coffee/tea, muffins and intros.

10.00- Presentations:

Nina Czegledy –

Patrick McDonagh –

Ann-Louise Davidson – research/Davidson_AL.php

11.00-12.30: Group brainstorm and identification of individuals and groups.

12.30-2.00: Lunch and brainstorming in project groups.

2.00-5.00: Prototyping (with refreshments at 3.30!)

5.00-6.00: Presentation and documentation of prototypes.

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Everyone is welcome!

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