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GAME ARTS INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY

The Game Arts International Assembly (GAIA) is an international think tank and network for the professional development of the game arts community: aimed at curators, producers, event organizers and academics working in the field of videogame culture.

GAIA addresses topics such as: curation, art and videogames, activism, communication, language, communities, minorities, funding, networks, archiving and many more

GAIA provides its participants and partners with:

  • Opportunities to discover and connect with avant-garde artistic expressions from around the world
  • Access to a network of international curators, producers, and community builders from a wide range of cultural backgrounds
  • Platform for generating cross-cultural schemes and transnational projects
  • Multicultural and diverse perspectives
  • A safe and open space for professional development, based on sharing successes, failures, and practical learnings

UPCOMING EDITIONS

GAIA 2024 - September - Online edition

GAIA 2025 - September/October - BARCELONA

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

GAIA
2019
GAIA
2021
GAIA
2023

GAIA 2019

Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 25 participants from 12 countries
  • 3 day in-person event
  • 16 sessions
  • In connection with Game on! El arte en juego Festival
  • Sessions included: "10 years Curating and documenting playful culture around the world", "sustainability and revenue streams", and "where do we go wrong?: establishing shared values and standards in games cultural work" among others
  • Recap of GAIA 2019

GAIA 2021

Online

  • 36 speakers from 21 countries
  • 8 sessions during April-May
  • Over 18 hours of programming
  • Over 300 participants
  • Sessions included: "Now you are playing with power, outlaw and activist game curation", "handmade game scenes", and "boss fight: how do we combat the dominance of the English language in our arts practice?" among others
  • Recap of GAIA 2021

GAIA 2023

Toronto, Canada

  • 22 game curators and community organizers hailing from 10 different countries
  • 14 sessions plus field trips
  • In connection with Toronto Games Week
  • We launched a mentorship program connecting festival organizers and curators with game creators
  • Sessions included: "The scene report", "new structures", "games in public spaces", and "what's your biggest challenge", among others
  • Recap of GAIA 2019

Programmers

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María Luján Oulton is a games curator, cultural producer and lecturer with a Master Degree in Communication and Cultural Creation by Walter Benjamin Foundation. Luján is co-founder of the cultural producer Objeto a, focused on art and technology. Among diverse exhibitions and new media art projects she created and produced Game on! El arte en juego an artgames and playful media exhibit that ran in Argentina for over a decade. In 2019 she co-founded GAIA (Game Arts International Assembly) with Jim Munroe (Canada) Lujan is also co-editor of the Game Studies Journal at Universidad de Palermo (Argentina), member of the GameStudies group at IIEAC (Instituto de Investigación y Experimentación en Arte y Crítica) and cofounder of Women in Games Argentina.
Marie howling on the coast of california
Marie LeBlanc Flanagan is an artist working in the playful spaces between people, especially related to connection and community. Marie builds experimental video games, playful installations, and cooperative experiences. Marie has an enduring fondness for the infinite possibilities of trash. Marie founded Wyrd Arts Initiatives (a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to encouraging, documenting, and connecting creative expression across Canada), A Kind of Play (workshops on making experimental games), Drone Day (an annual international celebration of drone music communities) and co-founded Imaginary Residency (an artist-run online residency).
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Jim Munroe is a “pop culture provocateur” according to the Austin Chronicle. His graphic novels and prose novels have been praised by Pulitzer-winner Junot Diaz and comics legend Neil Gaiman, and his lo-fi sci-fi feature films by Wired and the Guardian. His political videogames have appeared at Sundance and Cannes, and he co-founded the world’s first videogame arts organization. He was an Art Gallery of Ontario Artist-in-Residence in 2014 and he lives in the Junction neighbourhood in Toronto. He now runs the Game Arts International Network, a not-for-profit that interconnects international game arts curators, festival organizers and other game community organizers.
Shalev looking serious
Shalev Moran is a designer and artist based in Copenhagen. He currently works as a game designer and director at Bird Island, and co-runs the political-sci-fi project Speculative Tourism. Previously he was the games curator at Print Screen Festival, a lecturer at Shenkar College’s Game Center, and a game designer at various companies. He received his B.A. from TAU's Honors Program in the Humanities and Arts, and his M.A. in Game Design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. 

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