What we do with media is what media more and more seem to ‘do’ with each other: they play (with) each other, they perform (with) each other and they participate with and in each other.

In today’s mediatized culture and society, we use media for playing, performing, and participating in artistic practices and also in larger processes of cultural reproduction, social integration and socialization. The aim of the conference Play / Perform / Participate is to discuss the intermedial valences of play, performance, and participation as increasingly intersecting practices.

Spread out over three days, with around 50 panels, the second conference by the International Society of Intermedial Studies will take place at Utrecht University in the Netherlands from the 16th till the 18th of April 2015. The panels address the most important themes and topics in contemporary media cultures in an interdisciplinary way: changing processes of participation and co-creation in politics and culture, the complexity of representations and interactions in a media-saturated environment, and the influence of all kinds of mediators on our interpretation of experiences, our sense of presence and affect.

Keynote speakers Catherine D’Ignazio (MIT Center for Civic Media) and Eric Gordon (Emerson College) introduce their work and research in the field of playful mapping, civic media, and ‘engagement games’.

Keynote performer Jan van den Berg presents HIGGS, a performance about ‘the making’ of the Higgs’ particle.

Keynote performers and artists Karen Lancel and Hermen Maat hook up one of the main topics of the conference—the nature and functioning of new digital urban interfaces—with their ‘haptic’ and interactive installation Saving Face.

For photos from the conference, click here.

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