Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation. 6th International Conference, ArtsIT 2017, and Second International Conference, DLI 2017, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, October 30–31, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

Playing a City

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-76908-0_29,
        author={Annika Olofsdotter Bergstr\o{}m and Pirjo Elovaara},
        title={Playing a City},
        proceedings={Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation. 6th International Conference, ArtsIT 2017, and Second International Conference, DLI 2017, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, October 30--31, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={ARTSIT \& DLI},
        year={2018},
        month={3},
        keywords={Site-specific games Rules Playful Explorative method Participatory design City},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-76908-0_29}
    }
    
  • Annika Olofsdotter Bergström
    Pirjo Elovaara
    Year: 2018
    Playing a City
    ARTSIT & DLI
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76908-0_29
Annika Olofsdotter Bergström1,*, Pirjo Elovaara1,*
  • 1: Blekinge Institute of Technology
*Contact email: aob@bth.se, pirjo.elovaara@bth.se

Abstract

This paper is based on exploratory interventions in a small city in the south-eastern part of Sweden. The interventions were inspired both by the art movement of Situationists and site-specific games. The activities were also supported by a diversity of theoretical perspectives. During winter 2016 eight women explored by developing playful methods what a city, understood both as a social and material space, could mean for a group of women recently moved to the city. Through the playful approach the project opened up room for participatory design and abled the group to formulate eight rules, also available for other city explorers in other cities.