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|Session Name:||Curating Video Game Culture: The New Wave of Video Game Events|
|Speaker(s):||Sarah Brin, Marie Foulston, Kunal Gupta, Jim Munroe, Wiley Wiggins|
|Company Name(s):||Punk Arcade/Horizon, The Wild Rumpus, Babycastles, The Hand Eye Society, Fantastic Arcade|
|Track / Format:||Advocacy|
|Overview:||As video games continue to fight for wider cultural legitimacy, we need to actively acknowledge the crucial role that public-facing events have within this battle, and the work of a new rise of cultural event producers and curators. People who work to create new, unique and diverse events born from the creative and cultural heart of the work they showcase. Events which are bringing video games to new audiences, helping to build a more diverse, playful culture and community, and furthering the dialogue around games as an art form. This session brings together talks from five leading organizers of a new wave of cultural video game events, including Babycastles (New York), Punk Arcade (Los Angeles), Hand Eye Society (Toronto), Fantastic Arcade (Austin) and The Wild Rumpus (London) to talk about their experiences in starting and growing cultural video game events, and the unique and diverging motivations that guide their work.|