manSEDANse Played

Story and photos: Anna Tikkanen
On Wednesday afternoon, students of the International Media programme took part of manSEDANse, an annual festival of electronic music, art and culture taking place at Tampere. Even though the festival also consists of various club nights and workshops, we only attended the "Play!" seminar, a lecture and a panel talk about game development and research.

Jaakko Stenros, a game researcher at the University of Tampere, introduced us to "Lucid Society", a lecture that focuses on game's social and cultural development, as well as the impact on people's everyday lives.

The seminar continued with a discussion of "Games as Art" with panelists Jaakko Stenros, Jussi Holopainen (a game researcher at Nokia Research Center) and Arto Koistinen (Dicework Games). The talk raised a number of interesting questions among the audience, who actively took part in the discussion.

Last but not least, Juho Hartikainen, Teemu Haila and Juhani Hujala presented Game Development Club Score's recent activities, such as projects and gamedev trips abroad. They also talked about the actual process of game development and the techniques involved.

So far the IMPs have had pretty hectic consecutive weeks as we've visited FinnGraf, Mindtrek and now manSEDANse. Let's hope all these conferences and seminars give us a lot of inspiration for future projects. Here we come EUROPRIX! ;)

IMPs are students of the Degree Programme in Media of TAMK School of Art and Media (Interactive/International Media Programme)
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