Recent Posts Page 2

Thoughts on Foucault’s power/knowledge and Architecture

Michel Foucault produced one of the most influential bodies of work on the subject power and knowledge. Power is often viewed as a negative and oppressive force but he was one of the first to discuss power as a potent means of production and positivity in society. Foucault famously uses the term “power” together with “knowledge” to signify that the most powerful are those who warrant scientific understanding, current norms of knowledge and accepted truths. These truths are reinforced by scientific discourse, institutions, education, through the media and political ideologies. Here power produces narratives, truths and boundaries within which we… More

I participated in a roleplay!

Thoughts on my participation in The Beholder Controller by Adam James and Common or Garden by Jamie Harper.   To be effective, larps need their players to agree on the characteristics and rules of world they will play in, also called the magic circle. As established previously, collaboration is a major corner stone of Nordic Larp practice. As a designer, I am inspired by the methodology used to warm up creative thinking in their participants during workshops. Our imaginations work differently and participating in games brings to light interesting processes to slowly engage players in character and world creation. Larps… More

Uncertain taxonomies

Uncertainty is unpleasant and we go to great lengths to make it less overwhelming. I am interested in the diverse ways we know and how we make decisions based on a combination of rational deductions or referring to our experiences. Everywhere we turn we are overwhelmed by information, how do we in this context make decisions, who do we trust, using what tools and how are we convinced?   Worthy evidence? This is a picture from a recent conference given by Donald Trump in which he declares having given up the leadership of his companies to his children… More

Using a stepper motor

The module I decided to try out was the stepper motor. The given tutorial was great and easy to use. Since this was a n output device I wanted to try using my keyboard as input and proceeded to research serial communication. I found a very useful tutorial here which helped me understand ASCII and how to use it with the arduino. More

Embodied experiences for speculative design

Johanna Koljonen is a writer, radio and TV host from Finland. She has researched, written for, about and through Larping and is a popular lecturer on the subject. This Introduction to Nordic Larp from the Nordic Larp Talks Stockholm 2010 is an overview of what is Live Action Role Playing can be, where it came from and how to create one.     Johanna starts her talk by relating her experience in a larp called Ground Zero (1998) designed by Jami Jokinen and Jori Virtanen. The game, who took place in Turku, Finland, was set in Tulsa, Oklahoma,… More

Nordic Larp

A tradition that views larp as a valid form of expression, worthy of debate, analysis and continuous experimentation which emerged around the Knutepunkt convention. It typically values thematic coherence, continuous illusion, action and immersion, while keeping the larp co-creative and its production uncommercial. Workshops and debriefs are common. More

Mapping Larp

This diagram (fig.2) attempts to compare larp forms by mapping examples within each style according to player interactions and physical involvement. More

Live Action Role Playing (LARP)

Live action role playing is in every way similar to board games, table-top role playing or even video games, except, players physically act out their character’s adventure. LARPs demand high physical involvement as the fictional world merges with the real environment. A game can last up to a few days during which the players are not allowed to break character. All in all, LARPs involve creating a character, dressing up, utilizing your skills and being extremely social as they can include up to hundreds of people. More