Playing to Lose: Gameplay in Art and Finance
Artists are increasingly adopting game design as a methodology to interrogate and subvert complex financial and political systems. From simulations of fictional companies to live action role-play games, a diverse range of situated methods is emerging to expose social and political infrastructures. This discussion will explore to what effects gamification and digital simulation are useful for organising socio-political activism. Is responsible, community-oriented life in contemporary society a ‘skill’ that can be learned in a game-like environment? If the performance of financial investments can be simulated, can we also simulate the disruption of capitalist systems? How can such simulation become reality?
With Andy Morales Coto, Kei Kreutler, Stephanie Polsky and The Demystification Committee
Moderated by Brett Scott
Recorded at Somerset House in London on 20th January 2018