Welcome to the program of A MAZE. / Berlin 2022 - 11th International Games and Playful Media Festival. This festival edition is online from May 13-16 and on May 17 onsite at Silent Green and Panke. 4.5 days of hand selected sessions for everyone who loves an inclusive, respectful and meaningful future for games, playful media and their creators. You can follow our festival program live in the A MAZE. / SPACE and on our Festival Discord. Get your tickets here.

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Saturday, May 14 • 16:30 - 17:00
Healing Journeys + The Environment in UnearthU

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This talk will detail the videogame UnearthU and how its durational narrative is used to create a space for self-reflection, care, and healing for the player, while taking on different approaches to environmentalism. UnearthU mimics hypercapitalist Silicon Valley-esque apps that promise big personal transformation with super-efficiency. It follows an A.I. named KARE designed by a fictional start-up called FRTHR which has created her to guide the user through a seven-day wellness bootcamp of sorts. This piece is about the intersections of capitalism and psychosocial disability, the role of technology in the destruction of the environment, and how videogames may be used to orient players towards reflection, care, and healing. The game’s design is intended to unravel the predatory and harmful techniques of neoliberal wellness while speculating on the possibility of a healing-oriented creative technology.

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Kara Stone

Kara Stone (she/her) is a Canadian game designer interested in the experiences of psychosocial disability and the effect of the ongoing climate crisis. Her artwork has been featured in The Atlantic, Wired, and Vice, and shown in galleries and festivals in North America, Asia, and... Read More →

Saturday May 14, 2022 16:30 - 17:00 CEST
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