Mary Flanagan (Dartmouth College) "Never Mind the Body, Here's a Gamepad? Considering Embodiment in the Age of Play"
FEB 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
February 28, 2013: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
This keynote presentation explores a pervasive onscreen/offscreen split of identification and the body in what we could now call The Age of Play. Citing examples from artists’ work and popular culture, with a focus on games, Flanagan leads the audience on an investigation of current trends that are in diametrical opposition: on the one hand, a hunger for embodied, resonant experience; and on the other, a desire for control for the body, a recurring motif in fields from psychology to public health, manifesting in plastic surgery and digital manipulation of the body.