Congress from 25 - 29.1.2023 "A society withoutgames is one sunk in the zombie trace of the automation", wrote Marshall McLuhan in 1964, outlining a field of discourseof high topicality....
Congress from 25 - 29.1.2023
"A society withoutgames is one sunk in the zombie trace of the automation", Marshall McLuhan wrote in 1964 and thereby outlines a field of discourse of high topicality. Games are contrasted here with dead automation as contingent zones of social action - 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 the game (Brian Sutton-Smith) between the promise of freedom and putting it at risk, between constitutive regulation and operational empowerment of action, has significantly shaped art and science in the last 70 years. Many concepts and terms, including indetermination, processuality, collaboration, and improvisation, are linked to musical practice through 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 will organize 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 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 make the theme of the game also the mode of its mediation and thus to develop new formats of discourse and collaboration. This opens up and consolidates a variety of networks within all study programs of theSonic Spacewith other study programs of the University 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.