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I+N ProLab 2 - Gaming: the New Frontier in Storytelling / voices of queer people in the gaming industry.

AN EXPLORATION OF CONTEMPORARY QUEER STORYTELLING/ EXPLORING EXPRESSION, CREATION, PRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, ACCESSIBILITY OF DIVERSITY
The second Canadian queer ProLab series will look at how the new means of production and distribution of storytelling have altered the landscape of creating media works that represent queer diversity through personal and more realistic visions; relaying these and more importantly, the endless possibilities of making these accessible to a mass audiences. Within this brave new world, we will also examine the potential of collaboration within storytelling and the complexification of cross culture/ cross borders collective engagement in producing media images that represent our queer commonalities and a multiplying of audience outreach possibilities. Divided into two days, our ProLab Schedule explores the various facets of the ecosystem of games and interactive media.

RE/ INVENTING REALITY
New means of storytelling have changed the business model/ financial production structure of creating media - making ‘authentic’ storytelling a more accessible option for creators and their expressions of diversity.

 

INSIDE AND BEYOND GAMES - SUNDAY DECEMBER 1ST @ NVA
Beyond the AAA shooters, the online hate groups, and the sexist video game characters, there is a place where queers make games for queers. Complex, accessible, and enthralling: games offer new ground for LGBTQ+ storytelling. From DIY makers to big industry players, video games open up an unprecedented potential for narrative exploration. They offer an experimentation space for the self, a place where selfhood is no longer defined by body or context. Slowly but surely, diversity is slipping into the games world and our Prolab guests are here to prove it.

This event brings together thinkers and makers from Europe and North America to discuss the current state of queer and marginalized folks in games. Our speakers will address the usual topics of diversity and representation in games while also sharing their own experience of navigating the system. Featuring: Being queer in the industry: a fishbowl panel (English) Join Jasmine Aguilar (USA), a genderqueer and xicanx game producer, as well as other international and local guests for this participatory panel. Attendees will be invited to come share the stage with our panelists throughout the discussion. Consider this a family reunion.


Girls online playing games (French)
Gathering millions of users daily, the streaming platform Twitch hosts players who broadcast themselves playing games live. Both a source of income and of harassment, it features all kinds of streamers, including queer ones such as Damdam (France). She will be contrasting her experience as a trans French woman on twitch with the one of North-American streamers.

 

GAMES?
- SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH @ NVA
On the margins of the big studios are digital creators who aren’t required to follow anything other than their own whims. Sometimes playful, sometimes strange, these queer artists bend and blur the lines between mediums. The work they make often exist between games, poetry, networks, and junk: they create media which is as queer as them. Join us for a day of microworkshops, talks, and digital exploration.


Featuring:
Nathalie Lawhead presents Indie developer Nathalie Lawhead (USA), known for her bizarre art-games, brings us into her world of humor, glitch, and fever dreams. Speedy workshops for speedy people Attendees are invited to pick from an array of short workshops and talks by local artists and makers.

Consult the website for details on the schedule!