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Levelling Playing Fields: A Nomadic Play Design
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Technology and Aesthetics. (Teknovetenskapliga studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9219-4695
2020 (English)In: Making Smart Cities More Playable / [ed] Nijholt, Anton, Springer, 2020Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this article I am exploring how a feminist playing practice presents when using public spaces as playing field, with focus on the human body as the game piece. I will also investigate how this externalized playing gives potential to the player to act and to develop into, what I in this article will call, a nomadic play design. I will do this by describing the site-specific game ‘Levelling playing fields’, which Italian artist duo (Giuliana Racco and Matteo Guidi), a group of Palestinian women, and myself designed together at a sports field in the refugee camp Al-Arroub in the West Bank, in December of 2014. As a game designer, my interests are in the playful body’s meeting with the rules, norms, and behaviours of which public spaces are made up, and to study these rules, how they are created, and how they affect norm-breaking behaviours and actions of the players. I have chosen to name this physical play a deed of ‘a nomadic play design’, an idea inspired by Rosi Braidotti’s concept ‘nomadic body’. To cultivate the physical nomad, I will use as aid Maria Puig de la Bellacasa’s concept of ‘care’ and ‘touch’ in an attempt to link together the sometimes- elusive nature of the nomad with the apparently more structured public space to explore the outcome of that meeting. The aim of the article is to develop the site-specific game genre to emphasize the player’s body as a mean for game design.

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Springer, 2020.
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Site-specific game, playable cities, nomadic, game design, care, touch
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-18900ISBN: 978-981-13-9765-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-18900DiVA, id: diva2:1369576
Available from: 2019-11-12 Created: 2019-11-12 Last updated: 2019-11-18Bibliographically approved

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