I am off this week to talk at the STRP Festival in Eindhoven.  Last year this was the most inspirational and exciting event I attended all year.  Partly because I was able to mix a healthy dash of music (MIA, Aphex twin, sleigh bells, Erol Alkin, and Two Many DJ’s) with a great symposium on data and some good interactive art (surprisingly good) – more Photos from last year.

This year I am hosting the Symposium on play.

The digital revolution is over, the big ‘bit rush’ has passed, now we live in a post-digital era. Whether something is analogue or digital does not matter anymore. Digital and interactive are everywhere. Playing is a serious thing and meanwhile the digital migrates from the virtual reality to the objects around us. Along with MU and TU/e, STRP Festival will discuss the many forms of post digital culture.
Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre.  Since 2003 he’s Professor of Internet studies at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Dries Verbruggen studied at the the Design Academy Eindhoven. He is a multidisciplinary creator in fields ranging from interior, design and arts to architecture and video. Verbruggen is one of the co-curators of the MU exhibition
The Future of Art, KS12, Emergence Collective (GER) What are the defining aesthetics of art in the networked era? How is mass collaboration changing notions of ownership in art? How does micropatronage change the way  artists produce and distribute artwork? The Future of Art begins a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.
Russell Davies is partner at R/GA London (Agency for the Digital Age) and with the Really Interesting Group (RIG). He also founded The Newspaper Club. He writes columns for Campaign and Wired.

Mary Flanagan is artist, author, educator and designer. As Professor in Digital Humanities she’s associated with the Dartmouth College in New Hampshire (US).  Flanagan is the author of Critical Play: Radical game design.
Ben Schouten: The Role of Play Inaugural lecture by prof.dr. ben Schouten, department of Industrial Design,  Eindhoven University of Technology.

Oh and the music looks good too.

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