Social engagement through games

Here are two great interactive projects each with a pedagogical twist. Both combine the pleasure of gaming with a narrative that is relevant and immediate.

In People’s Pie, you control the budget of the federal government. You choose how federal revenues should be raised and how taxpayers’ money should be spent. You must decide how to fund programs that are important to you, without setting taxes too high or borrowing too much money.

Phone Story is a game for smartphone devices that attempts to provoke a critical reflection on its own technological platform. Under the shiny surface of our electronic gadgets, behind its polished interface, hides the product of a troubling supply chain that stretches across the globe.

Jack Stenner artist lecture

This is the final lecture for calendar year 2009. See you there!

stenner-installation
Playas: Homeland Mirage installation view, 2007, photo by Max Becher.

Jack Stenner artist lecture
http://www.jigglingwhisker.com/jack/research/
Thursday, November 19
7:00pm

Jack Stenner is an artist who works with digital media. He is currently Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of the Digital Media Art program in the School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida. His work revolves around issues related to our socio-culturally constructed “reality” and the ways we create meaning from our environment. Combining techniques from information retrieval and visualization, motion tracking, video gaming, 3D visualization and experimental video, his work has been shown nationally and internationally at exhibitions including Siggraph, ACM Multimedia, International Society of Electronic Artists (ISEA), ZeroOne Biennial, Alternative Museum, Polk Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, and others. http://www.jigglingwhisker.com