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Transformative Play Initiative Lecture Series: Disrupting Monkey, Laughing Raven
"Disrupting Monkey, Laughing Raven: The Magic of the Trickster's Dance"
Allen Turner
When: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7 – 8:30 PM, Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Where: Online on Zoom

Description of event: Often, when we explore games and media and consider the process of engagement and growth, we focus on the archetype of the hero. But what of the Trickster? How is it that such an iconic and playful archetype is so often ignored or placed into narratives as foils, forgettable npcs, or adversaries? Many indigenous narrative traditions center their multidimensional Trickster characters as worldbuilders and benign agitators that are integral to a healthy world. Game designer Allen Turner will dive deeper into what he describes as the Tricksters’ Dance. He will explain why the Trickster as worldbuilder might just be the thing we all need to embrace to build more nourishing communities and social/emotional ecologies.

As a game designer driven more by what he sees as the nourishing qualities of the trickster, Allen Turner will dive deeper into what he described as the “Tricksters’ Dance” in a keynote at the 2019 Playful by Design conference at UIUC. Turner will explore why the Trickster as worldbuilder might just be the thing we all need to embrace to build more nourishing communities and social/emotional ecologies.

Allen Turner is a game designer, storyteller, artist, author, composer and performer who has been involved in storytelling and education most of his adult life. He teaches game and design at DePaul University and runs the DePaul Originals Game Studio. He believes in the power of play and story as fundamental, powerful medicines which shape our sense of self, relationships, and our connection to the cosmos. He extols play as a learning tool via workshops and projects, for bringing games and game-like learning into our everyday lives to give a sense of progression and purpose, and as rites of passage.

Oct 26, 2021 07:00 PM in Stockholm

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