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5th International Independent Videogames Festival in Berlin, April 20 to 22, 2016 – plus extra Family Day.

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Thursday, April 21


Rise of the Game Collectives – panel with Félix Roman (Klondike), Lena Mech (Copenhagen Game Collective), Malath Abbas (Dundee Game Collective), Riad Djemili (Saftladen), Runa Haukland (Hamar Game Collective)
Game collectives come in all shapes and sizes: let's get to know fiive of them and discover some of the advantages and challenges in working together as a group.

The participants are:


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Lena Mech

Lena Mech is a game designer and a member of Copenhagen Game Collective. In her practice she focuses on play in public spaces. She creates interactive experiences that foster meeting points and propose a poetic alternative to the anonymity of contemporary cities. Lena has created playful experiences for many art and cultural institutions and her personal work was presented at various festivals around Europe, such as Playpublik, Playful Arts... Read More →
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Malath Abbas

Malath Abbas is an independent game designer, artist and producer working on experimental and meaningful games. Since co-founding the award winning studio Quartic Llama, Malath is establishing Scotland's first game collective and co-working space in order to support a community of independent game makers. The collective aims develop innovative games and to collaborate with a range of partners on exciting projects. Malath is currently developing... Read More →
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Riad Djemili

Riad Djemili is the co-founder of Berlin indie game company Maschinen-Mensch. Their debut title The Curious Expedition, a fantastical expedition simulation game set in the 19th century, was released in 2015 on Steam Early Access and won the German Developer award for “Best Indie Game 2015”. Riad started working in the game industry in 2005 and worked for seven years at Berlin game company YAGER, where he among other titles worked... Read More →
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Runa Haukland

Runa is the captain of Hamar Game Collective, a group of game developers in the small city of Hamar in Norway. She studied virtual arts and design when she stumbled upon a great gang of developers who needed someone to manage their collective, and so it was that she ended up as a project manager, event planner and application writing ninja. She's responsible for events such as Splash, the first ever game jam on a cruise ship, the biggest Global... Read More →

Thursday April 21, 2016 15:00 - 16:00
Ambulatorium Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin


Imagine VR is a Dream Machine: panel with Daniel Ernst, Sara Lisa Vogl, Niki Smit – moderated by Thomas Bedenk
Daniel Ernst (The Shoebox Diorama), Niki Smit (Deep) and Sara Lisa Vogl (Lucid Trips) are responsible for some of the most innovative virtual reality games out there. In this panel moderated by Thomas Bedenk (Virtual Reality Consultant at Exozet Berlin) they will discuss their visions for the future of the technology.

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Thomas Bedenk

Thomas Bedenk is Virtual Reality Consultant at Exozet Berlin GmbH and freelance Advisor & Creative Director. From 2009 until 2015 he was Creative Director, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Brightside Games. He studied Media Design in Nuremberg and Human Factors in Berlin. He is teaching various game related subjects at game schools and universities. Before focusing on the games industry he was freelance interactive designer and developer... Read More →

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Daniel Ernst

Daniel Ernst is an interactive illustrator based in The Netherlands. After working in the game industry for multiple years he decided to put his research on storytelling through illusions and his love for everything 3D into practice and apply it to VR. This amalgamation resulted in an ongoing series of fantastical dioramas for virtual reality called The Shoebox Diorama. The series now consists of 'Blocked In', 'Der Grosse Gottlieb' and 'The... Read More →
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Niki Smit

Niki Smit is co-founder and designer of PLAY at Monobanda PLAY. Monobanda aims to explore and expand the boundaries of play and interaction. Working on both commissioned projects and independent projects, they focus heavily on researching and developing news forms of play and meaningful creativity.
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Sara Lisa Vogl

Sara Lisa Vogl is a creative squirrel with a passion for latest tech and a VR Nerd since the Oculus Rift DK1. She graduated from College of Communication Arts and Interactive Media (DFI) Hamburg where she runs the course | Creative Computing since '10 2015. Since her studies she´s working in the fields of UX / UI, Communication | & Art in Virtual Reality. When she´s not scanning or printing artworks she´s travelling around... Read More →

Thursday April 21, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Haubentaucher Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin
Friday, April 22


Curating Videogames and New Media: panel with Jo Summers, Simon Bachelier, Stephan Schwingeler, Zuraida Buter
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Jo Summers

I specialise in digital production and technology events, and have eight years experience of running a wide range of community and technology focused events, from concept to completion.
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Simon Bachelier

While my main professional activities are focused on digital games and alternative cultures and expressions, I've been doing many different jobs with diligence, creativity and personal convictions. From organizing independent events such as exhibition or festival, to teaching at University or managing projects for public institutions, NGO or private companies most of the time as a part-time freelancer, I believe that a real diversity of... Read More →
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Stephan Schwingeler

Dr. phil. Stephan Schwingeler (*1979) is a curator, researcher and lecturer. Currently he is research associate at the ZKM | Museum for Contemporary Art. His first book deals with the topic of space in video games and is one of the first art historical publications in the field of Game Studies. His Ph.D. thesis and second book examines the practices and strategies of Game Art and artistic video game modification from the perspective... Read More →
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Zuraida Buter

Zuraida Buter is a playful culture curator and vine master based in the Netherlands. She curates, initiates, consults and documents events focused on playful culture and games. She brings people together for creation, inspiration and playfulness. | | She is founder of playful culture organisation zo-ii and regularly speaks about playful culture, game jams, community and collaboration at conferences and festivals... Read More →

Friday April 22, 2016 15:00 - 16:00
Ambulatorium Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin


A Lovely Chat About Game Zines: panel with Arnaud De Bock, Hannah Nicklin, Llaura Dreamfeel – moderated by Pat Ashe
Five zinesters will present their work, and have a lovely chat about small-run publishing.

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Pat Ashe

Pat Ashe is a producer and curator based in London. He has worked with companies such as Honeyslug, Crows Crows Crows and Hollow Ponds among others. He is co-curator of the events Wild Rumpus and Beta Public and co-wrote the Games For People zine.

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Arnaud De Bock

Game Designer, DE BOCK
I'm Arnaud De Bock, born in France in the 80s. I studied fine art, specialising in sculpture and new technology. I’ve been living for the past 5 years in London. I created my first game with my brother in BASIC when I was 7 years old, and I haven't stopped making and playing games since. I'm currently working as a game/graphic designer at OutOfTheBit. We are making Super Arcade Football at the moment. I'm also practising iaïdo and jodo for... Read More →
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Hannah Nicklin

Hannah is a writer, game designer, performer & academic. She makes DIY theatre & games in public & community settings, working with orgs such as RSC, Invisible Flock, V&A, Gamecity, Social Housing Arts Network, UEL, Goldsmiths & in housing estates, swimming pools, city streets & rural market towns.
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Llaura Dreamfeel

Llaura Dreamfeel writes strange, wonderful and often intense games. Best known for 'CURTAIN', the story of the destructive relationship between two women in a Glasgow punk band which won some rad awards, and currently writing the end of the world set on Ireland's west coast in 'If Found, Please Return'.

Friday April 22, 2016 17:00 - 18:00
Haubentaucher Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin