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In a relatively short span of decades, the medium of videogames has undergone many changes in the role they play in the cultural zeitgeist. From barroom novelty, to home entertainment, to just for kids, to grim and gritty, to massive to pocket, from complex to deceptively simple, the medium has taken many faces. The Games for Change Festival (April 21 -23, 2015), in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival and happening at the NYU Skirball Center (566 LaGuardia Pl., New York) looks not just how we play and what kind of games we play, but it also examines the massive cultural reverberations the medium has made, and how it is also a tool for growth, learning, and social change.Yes, even the Angry Birds.
The emergence of the controversial Gamergate movement, gaming’s first culture war, is addressed in a series of talks with Alexandria Neonakis (The Last of Us), Matt Boch (Fantasia: Music Evolved), and Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) about how the industry can better address issues of inclusion and representation in games. Rovio, makers of Angry Birds, discuss how games play an instrumental role in learning, while the company Filament shows how to create games aimed at educating and tailor made for schools.
Along with the extensive panels, there will also be playable games including the nominees for this year’s Games for Change awards, boardgames from art-game collective Babycastles, and Gamedev.world, which looks at innovative independent games from all over the world.
The Games for Change Festival looks to the future of what video games truly have the potential to become.
To learn more, go to: http://www.gamesforchange.org/festival/
Games for Change FestivalApril 21 - 23, 2015
New York UniversitySkirball Center566 LaGuardia PlNew York, NY 10012
Inside 3D Printing returns to the Javits Convention Center in New York City on April 15–17, 2015. The largest professional 3D printing event, this conference and expo offers insights into the relatively new, ever-changing 3D printing industry.
The conference covers cutting edge technology alongside established trends in 3D. Inside 3D Printing offer attendees, as the buzz-phrase expresses, “Strategies for the third industrial revolution.”
Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include company VIPs from MakerBot, Accenture Technology Labs, and Hewlett-Packard. Sessions cover the most recent developments in the 3D printing industry and how they apply to industries ranging from fashion to aerospace. Before the show floor opens this Thursday, a full day is devoted to tutorials to help participants catch up with the basic aspects of the technology, software, and law.
Among the session speakers are industry experts from:
Session topics include hos this technology is applied to the medical field and space exploration; new material processes such as metal 3D printing or advanced composites; and workflows involving scanning, CAD, and cloud printing.
The show floor opens on:
Thursday, April 16 (10:00am–6:00pm)
Friday, April 17 (10:00am-3:45pm)
Exhibitors will be demonstrating 3D printers and related equipment. The exhibitors include:
For more info go to: Inside3dprinting.com
Inside 3D PrintingApril 15–17, 2015
Javits Convention CenterNew York City
Raina Telgemeier's Smile
The MoCCA Arts Festival (April 11 - 12, 2015) is one of the best comic events in in NYC. Bringing together young talent, seasoned veterans, and creative minds from all over the world, for years MoCCA has embodied the ever-changing landscape of independent comics. Taking place at Center 548 (548 W 22nd St., New York, NY) near the scenic High Line, this year’s MoCCA Fest features a wide range guests.
Guests include Raina Telgemeier (Eisner Award winner and author of New York Times bestsellers Smile and Drama), alt-comix luminary Aline Kominsky-Crumb (Need More Love, contributor to Wimmen’s Comix), and Scott McCloud (the newly released The Sculptor, along with Understanding Comics, and Zot!). International guests include Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse), Annie Goetzinger (Girl in Dior), and Ilan Manouach (MetaKatz, a journey through copyright infringement and reinterpreting Art Spiegelman’s Maus).
MoCCA Fest also includes a series of panel discussions and Q&As with it’s guests on subjects including the history of alt-weekly comics, the artistic technique behind making memorable images, and the precarious line between plagiarism and inspiration. Named after the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, MoCCA is organized by the Society of Illustrators, who acquired the museum in 2012, and have organized the festival since.
Whether your interest is in stapled together mini-comics, international biographies, or strange adventures, MoCCA Fest is sure to have a story just for you.
To learn more, go to: http://www.societyillustrators.org
MoCCA Arts FestivalApril 11 - 12, 2015
Center 548 548 W 22nd St.New York, NY 10011
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