Forschung Hochschule für Musik FHNW, Hochschule für Musik, Klassik
Forschung Hochschule für Musik FHNW, Hochschule für Musik, Klassik,
Leonhardsgraben 48, 4051Basel
A society without games is one sunk in the zombie trace of automation", wrote Marshall McLuhan in 1964, thereby outlining a field of discourse of great topicality. Games are seen here as contingent...
A society without games is one sunk in the zombie trace of automation," wrote Marshall McLuhan in 1964, thereby outlining a field of discourse of great topicality. Games are contrasted here as contingent zones of social action with a dead automation ? but with a dialectical undertone: with game (instead of the more open term play) McLuhan implies precisely rule-governed, sometimes algorithmically processualized cultural techniques. This ambiguity of play (Brian Sutton-Smith) between the promise of freedom and putting it at risk, between constitutive regulation and operational empowerment of action, has had a significant influence on art and science over the last 70 years. At the same time, many concepts and terms, including indetermination, processuality, collaboration and improvisation, are linked to musical practice in the history of ideas. Conversely, playfulness, gamification and social design are increasingly shaping aesthetic and music education work.
In this field of tension, the HSM Basel is organising a transdisciplinary congress in January 2023. Starting from music as a transitory art form, as a creative field of action and at the same time as an epistemological model, interfaces to sociological, system-theoretical and cultural-philosophical discourses around the game and corresponding applications of the game paradigm will be critically examined. Lectures and discussion forums will interact with music performances, artistic interventions, installations and participatory mediation formats based on the conviction that essential factors and potentials of a game only become recognizable in its performance. For this reason, the congress aims to turn the theme of the game into a mode of mediation and thus to develop new formats of discourse and collaboration. This opens up and consolidates diverse networks within all the study programmes of theSonic Space with other study programmes of theUniversity of Music (including jazz and pedagogy), with the FHNW, with the music school, institutional partners (e.g. Theater Basel) and ultimately with a broader public.