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Visiting Game Designer: Pippin Barr

Posted by jason

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Pippin Barr appointed the first Visiting Game Designer at Concordia University.

The Centre for Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) and the Department of  Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University has appointed Pippin Barr as a Visiting Game Designer for 8 weeks in May and June of 2013. A well-known and extremely prolific experimental game designer,  Dr. Barr’s minimalist games have challenged the conventions and  prevailing ideologies of game designers while provoking new insights and possibilities for what games might be and how they might be played. For many game designers, Barr’s games stand as important experiments and interventions in the medium.

Barr is currently affiliated with the Institute of Digital Games at the  University of Malta. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Computer Science from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and he has taught courses in experimental interaction and programming for game designers at ITU  Copenhagen. Barr’s games have been featured in many online forums including Gamasutra, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Buzzfeed, The Verge,  Killscreen, and Edge and he has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in  New York. Further details can be found at

The new Visiting Game Designer program brings a leading game designer to Concordia University in Montreal to teach one summer term course and serve as an adviser and resource for students, faculty, and researchers on campus. Dr. Barr will be in residence at the Research Centre for Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) from May 1st to June 28th, and he will teach the Curious Games Studio summer course in the Computation Arts program.

The Visiting Game Designer program is generously supported by Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts, Office of Research, Department of Design and Computation Arts, and TAG Centre. For more information see and

Please contact Jason Edward Lewis, Director of Computation Arts, for more information:

A .pdf of this announcement can be found here.