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

Past Events

Nov 04, 2021

Workshop: Creating and using a free research wiki

In this two-hour workshop, you will learn how to set up and use a research wiki to organize notes, tags, bibliographic annotations, project diaries, logs and other research materials. The workshop is open for folks with all levels of technical experience.

Workshop facilitator: Enric Granzotto Llagostera

DATE Thursday, November 4th – 10am EST
LENGTH 2 hours

As researchers, we take in information from a variety of sources & fields, and are constantly building up information and understanding connections between ideas. By leveraging the interlinked structures of a wiki, you can work on your note-taking and writing in a networked way that fits your needs and with an internal structure that adapts to what you need. A wiki works well to store and interconnect information and ideas. Importantly, reading, writing, and thinking through research are not neatly separated processes or stages. Using a research wiki reflects this: shifting from reading to writing is quick, and you can keep as many notes side-by-side as you want, combining them in different ways.

Doing long-term research is a slow and incremental process, and note-taking and cross-referencing tools can greatly support its refinement. Often, such tools are proprietary, cloud-based, or structured as subscription services, which might be obstacles for their use at different moments. With a free and open-source wiki tool, you can leverage many of the benefits of note-taking systems, but in more flexible ways. The Tiddlywiki tool and the Teia plugins we will use are customizable, quick to set up, and accessible through web browsers.

The workshop is open for folks with all levels of technical experience. The wiki only requires a browser to work (Chrome and Firefox work very well with it). An optional free software (available for Windows, Mac, and Linux) is recommended to facilitate some things, and installation will be shown.

Enric Granzotto Llagostera is a PhD student at Concordia University, researching alternative game controllers, their political potential, and how they can foster reflection in players. He makes experimental games and has been involved with organizing independent and alternative games events in São Paulo, Brazil. Enric has worked as a university lecturer in Brazil teaching courses about game development, design, and analysis. He is also interested in experimental arcades, music, and public play.

Nov 11, 2021

Global Speaker Series – Oonya Kempadoo

TAG is happy to introduce its new online speaker series, Rethinking Playfulness! Join us in listening to perspectives on game design, playfulness and storytelling!

Our first guest speaker is Oonya Kempadoo, a multidisciplinary artist, activist, researcher, and educator. Oonya will come talk to us about her journey on November 11, 2021 at 10am EST on Zoom. (Please RSVP for event link)


Speaker: Oonya Kempadoo

A talk about my creative journey and the worlds I inhabit, pass through and navigate. From Guyana, South America to Amsterdam, Europe, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada to Montreal, I will discuss my training and work from Carnival arts to literature to multimedia. What I learn from these different worlds, and the combination of them, processes, and what this seems to mean as a ‘first world’ artist now, is what I would like to share and discuss. Currently I am developing a narrative-based immersive and human-performance production, set in the Caribbean Sea basin.” – Oonya Kempadoo

DATE Thursday, November 11th – 10am EST
LENGTH 45 mins + 15 mins live Q&A

Oonya Kempadoo is a citizen of Guyana, Grenada and England and currently resides in Montreal. With study in fine art and a 10 year ‘apprenticeship’ with international artistic director and carnival designer, Peter Minshall (collaborator with Jean-Michel Jarre), Oonya trained in prototype making, graphic design and illustration, from Trinidad to Olympic opening ceremonies for Barcelona and Atlanta. She tried writing as a project in 1997 and her first novel, Buxton Spice, was bid for by top UK publishers, long listed for the Orange Prize and translated into six languages. Her second novel Tide Running, which won a Casa De Las Americas 2002 prize, was also well received on both sides of the Atlantic and Oonya was named a “Great Talent for the 21st Century” by the Orange Prize judges. Her latest novel, All Decent Animals, was listed on Oprah Winfrey’s summer reads. Oonya was awarded a US Fulbright Scholarship for the development of her current work in progress Naniki – a speculative fiction, multimedia, eco-social project, and she was awarded professional membership of PEN America, in recognition for her contribution to literature. Co-founder of the Grenada Community Library, Oonya can be considered a creative practitioner and activist and works as a consultant, a researcher and educator, with an interest in cross-disciplinary dialogue.

The event is made possible with the support of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University

Past Events

Feb 04, 2012 - Feb 06, 2012


Nov 03, 2011 - Nov 05, 2011