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Wednesday, April 25
 

18:00

A MAZE. / Berlin 2018 Opening
Welcome words by festival director Thorsten S. Wiedemann.

Wednesday April 25, 2018 18:00 - Thursday April 26, 2018 01:00
Urban Spree

20:00

Welcome speech by Thorsten S. Wiedemann (outside with fire fountains)
Artists
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Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Thorsten S. Wiedemann is founder and director of A MAZE.. He produces and curates under this international label festivals, exhibitions and workshops on the intersection of games, games culture, digital arts and playful media. With "A MAZE. / Berlin" and "A MAZE. / Johannesburg" he... Read More →


Wednesday April 25, 2018 20:00 - 20:30
Urban Spree

20:30

AAA presents Data Mutations: Game of the Year Edition
Durational performance on collaborative alternative timelines incl. let’s plays, radical labour politics, dying 3d models and alt-modes of production. Throughout the course of the evening there will be a series of talks and performances by AAA collective members.

Artists
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AAA

AAA is an international conglomerate of artists experimenting with new forms of collaboration.open source art/the open source artista renunciation of hyper-individualization we embrace the genepoolwe mutate each otheruntil we find a better solution
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Fedor Balashov

Fedor Balashov is a media artist and a game developer based in Moscow.Fedor is mostly focused on video game research and he studies artistic potential of the game engines. He believes that interactive art is the medium of the new digital era.This is the language which is exciting... Read More →
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Matias Brunacci

Matias Brunacci is a new media artist working in the area of art and technology. This integrates programming, audio & video design, game engine environments, 3D, VR and interactive installations. He explores these state-of-the-art technologies, amplifying their effects to create new... Read More →
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Troy Duguid

Troy Duguid is an artist working with game engines. Through exploring the synthesis of audio/visual/interface Troy seeks to create malleable systems the player inhabits. The actions of the player transforming the virtual world into a performative instrument, and in doing so the player... Read More →
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Gabriel Helfenstein

Gabriel Helfenstein is a French transmedia artist and writer living in Berlin. His work ranges from experimental video games to hypertextual web-based fiction. His current work deals with the interactions between the organisations of neoliberal power and the human body.
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Chloê Langford

Chloê Langford is an artist and programmer who is currently thinking about miscommunicating with strangers, the sex lives of snails, seashells and pools of saliva. She has studiedVisual Arts at SASA (UniSA), and Media & Computer Science at HTW Berlin. Her latest work is the Interplanetary... Read More →
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Merle Leufgen

Merle Leufgen is an artist deploying highjacked commercial software. Her current work examines non-human intelligence, emergent ecologies and the concept of “ending” in times of steady data streams⛓.
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Tristan Neu

Tristan Neu is a game developer and musician currently living in Berlin. His thoughts focus on transhumanism and the future use of bio/nanotechnologies, big data and AI.He currently composes video game soundtracks and is working on a new solo project.
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Jessica Palmer

Jessica Palmer is an artist and developer working with Unity and TouchDesigner. She works in the experimental neurology department of Charité Berlin making games, art installations and experiments using EEG brain data sensors. Her works focus on impossible spaces and interactio... Read More →
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Jack Perkins

"Uh, wickey wild wildWickey wild, wicky wild wild west,Jim West, desperado, rough riderNo you don't want nadaNone of.”
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Supr

Yuliya Kozhemyako (Supr) is an artist and game developer making short playful experiences. Area of her interest: real-time 3D graphics, procedural generation, procedural rhetoric, Unreal Engine art, aesthetics of the making of 3D graphics and game development process.


Wednesday April 25, 2018 20:30 - 22:00
Club
 
Thursday, April 26
 

10:00

Doors & festival pass pick up
Thursday April 26, 2018 10:00 - 10:30
Urban Spree

13:00

Devolution of SUPERHOT – Exhibition Tour with Piotr Iwanicki
Capacity for this session is limited, spots will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis: we recommend meeting in The Devolution of SUPERHOT exhibition area at least 20 minutes before the starting time.

For the ultimate insight into the development of SUPERHOT and its design decisions. Guided tours through the exhibition by the Game Director Piotr Iwanicki himself, supported by the curator of the exhibition Csongor Baranyai. Complementing the exhibited versions by background information, secrets and anecdotes.

The tours are a part of Devolution #4: SUPERHOT, a cooperation between Devolution, A MAZE. / Berlin 2018, SUPERHOT Team and Game Design // UE.

Artists
avatar for Csongor Baranyai

Csongor Baranyai

Game and narrative designer Csongor Baranyai has more than 10 years of experience in the game and interactive media industry. He studied film and television dramaturgy/ script writing at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) in Potsdam/ Babelsberg. He has worked as game designer... Read More →
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Piotr Iwanicki

Piotr Iwanicki is a game designer and studio lead responsible for SUPERHOT. He started his career developing games for flash portals and his projects slowly grew and became more visible. He started SUPERHOT as a game jam project and as the game gained recognition, Piotr transformed... Read More →


Thursday April 26, 2018 13:00 - 14:00
Basement

16:30

Gaming: Coproducing between France & Germany, Launching Homo Machina X ARTE
In the framework of the A MAZE. / Berlin Festival, French Tech Berlin is proud to partner with Spielfabrique, a franco-german Game Accelerator and ARTE to invite you to exchange and learn more about how to develop projects in Gaming with a Franco-German co-production!

A panel discussion on the models & tools available for a binational coproduction followed by the launch of a game coproduced between both countries : Homo Machina. The event will be followed by networking drinks.

16h30-16h45 : Welcome

16h45-17h : Keynote

17h -17h30 : Panel discussion on Gaming : how to develop a Franco-German co-production?

  • SpielFabrique / Feierabend Production: Thierry Baujard
  • Bluebytes / Ubisoft : Karsten Lehmann
  • Arte Experience: Andrien Larouzée
  • Medienboard Berlin Brandenbourg: Ina Göring

17h30-18h : Launch of Game Homo Machina, a Franco-German co-production

  • Introduction about Fritz Kahn by Thilo von Debschitz, author
  • Studio Darjeeling, Game Producer, Paris - Noam Roubah

18h-19h : Enjoy the Game & Network

Thursday April 26, 2018 16:30 - 19:00
Club

17:00

Mariam Zakarian: Tea with Amaryllis – an artistic ritual in The Dream Room
"Tea with Amaryllis" is a participatory art piece functioning like a cleansing ritual. It relies on the audience to give up a very personal piece of themselves. It's about trust and vulnerability, and about the age-old wisdom that formulating and expressing pain may lessen it.

In the ritual you are asked to think of a memory, feeling or thought that is painful to you. You decide how big or small. No one will see the answer.
You write it down in 1 sentence and put it into a black teapot, thereby symbolically discarding it forever.

This collection of discarded words then becomes an ingredient for a special tea, that will be fed to one of my Amaryllis flowers.
Nature is very good at converting pain to beauty.
With this little ritual, we hope to do the same.

Artists
avatar for Mariam Zakarian

Mariam Zakarian

Mariam Zakarian is an Armenian virtual reality artist based in Denmark.She is the creator of one of the first Danish VR artworks, Amaryllis VR, which deals with uniquely human concepts such as mortality, physicality and spirituality channeled through the cutting-edge digital medium... Read More →


Thursday April 26, 2018 17:00 - 21:00
Dream Room

18:00

Indie Arena Meetup
The Indie Arena meets for its fifth birthday. Founded as a community or independent game developers from all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland, A MAZE remains where we touch base.

Come by and meet some local developers and hang out. You're welcome regardless whether you're a member or not.

Thursday April 26, 2018 18:00 - 19:30
Stage 2
 
Friday, April 27
 

10:00

Doors & festival pass pick up
Friday April 27, 2018 10:00 - 10:30
Urban Spree

14:00

ART GAMES – Exhibition Tour with the artists
Mexico City, Seoul, Boston, Jakarta, São Paulo, Novosibirsk, Athens, and Bangkok: for eight game jams all over the world and beyond, ART GAMES unites programmers and game developers as well as artists and creatives. Celebrating their diversity, they developed (digital) games which renegotiate the boundaries between art, politics, and games.

A selection of ten games from all locations will be exhibited at A MAZE. / Berlin 2018. This brief exhibition tour is your chance to meet the people behind them!

Friday April 27, 2018 14:00 - 14:30
Gallery

17:00

Devolution of SUPERHOT – Exhibition Tour with Piotr Iwanicki
Capacity for this session is limited, spots will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis: we recommend meeting in The Devolution of SUPERHOT exhibition area at least 20 minutes before the starting time.

For the ultimate insight into the development of SUPERHOT and its design decisions. Guided tours through the exhibition by the Game Director Piotr Iwanicki himself, supported by the curator of the exhibition Csongor Baranyai. Complementing the exhibited versions by background information, secrets and anecdotes.

The tours are a part of Devolution #4: SUPERHOT, a cooperation between Devolution, A MAZE. / Berlin 2018, SUPERHOT Team and Game Design // UE.

Artists
avatar for Csongor Baranyai

Csongor Baranyai

Game and narrative designer Csongor Baranyai has more than 10 years of experience in the game and interactive media industry. He studied film and television dramaturgy/ script writing at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) in Potsdam/ Babelsberg. He has worked as game designer... Read More →
avatar for Piotr Iwanicki

Piotr Iwanicki

Piotr Iwanicki is a game designer and studio lead responsible for SUPERHOT. He started his career developing games for flash portals and his projects slowly grew and became more visible. He started SUPERHOT as a game jam project and as the game gained recognition, Piotr transformed... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Basement

18:00

Screening: "Art, Games, Politics" by Willie Schumann (Premiere) + "Output" by Miguel Alva (German Premiere)
"Art, Games, Politics" by Willie Schumann

8 countries, 8 games jams featuring not only programmers and game developers but artists and creatives as well. Celebrating their diversity they created games exploring the fields of art, games and politics. The documentary film about the project ART GAMES will officially premiere at A MAZE. Festival. It features highlights of these game jams all over the world, while exploring the mind-sets of the game creators.

Mexico, Korea, USA, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, Greece, Thailand
English surtitles

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"Output" by Miguel Alva

A manifesto about computer arts and games. Well, it is not really a manifesto but interesting archive material for the future. 50 years from now and then.

Filmed during A MAZE. / Berlin from April 23rd till 28th 2017
to be viewed by April 2067.

Produced by: Screen Implosion
http://outputdoc.com/
http://screenimplosion.com/


Artists
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Miguel Alva

Miguel Alva is an expert in video games stored in cassettes. He also has experience in game development acquired in major studios around Europe. He owns the games label Screen Implosion.


Friday April 27, 2018 18:00 - 19:00
Stage 2

20:00

A MAZE. / Berlin 2018 Award Ceremony – hosted by Tim Rogers
And the winners are... 

Artists
avatar for Leena Kejriwal

Leena Kejriwal

Photographer/installation artist. Her work reflected a preoccupation with human-trafficking and finds a new language in the public artwork MISSING. Her brainchild, the MISSING campaign leverages art and technology for social change through initiatives like street-art stencils and... Read More →
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Jack King-Spooner

Jack King-Spooner is a Scottish artist who seeks the best medium to convey an idea. His game-works often disregard conventions and instead create novel, unorthodox experiences.
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Sarah Northway

Sarah is the creator of the Rebuild strategy series, and a programmer and designer on Fantastic Contraption VR. She spent 5 years traveling the world with her husband and making indie games in remote places, and now explores the worlds inside her Vive.
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Tim Rogers

Tim Rogers is the co-founder of Action Button Entertainment and the designer and director of VIDEOBALL, a game which made no money. He makes videos for Kotaku Dot Com and will publish a novel ("Chronicle of a Tennis Monster") soon.
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Peggy Schoenegge

Peggy Schoenegge studied art history at Humboldt University and Technische University in Berlin. Since 2016 she is a curator and project manager at peer to space. Amongst others she assisted realizing the VR exhibitions The Unframed World, Reset III and Virtual Reality and curated... Read More →
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Robert Yang

Robert Yang makes surprisingly popular games about gay culture and intimacy -- he is most known for his historical bathroom sex simulator The Tearoom and his male shower simulator Rinse and Repeat, and his gay sex triptych Radiator 2 has over 150,000 users on Steam. He is currently... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2018 20:00 - 22:00
Stage 1
 
Saturday, April 28
 

11:00

Doors & festival pass pick up
Saturday April 28, 2018 11:00 - 11:30
Urban Spree

12:00

Berlin Mini Game Jam – A MAZE. Edition
The game jam is free to attend, you only have to register by getting a free ticket here. However, it's important to know that having a ticket for the Berlin Mini Game Jam does NOT give you entry to other events in the festival; you need a festival ticket or a day pass for A MAZE.

There will be three game-making workshops running alongside the game jam, to give the opportunity to everyone to make a game: 1PaperJam (all levels, no computer required) 2Bitsy (all levels, computer required) 3. vinylOS (knowledge of Unity3D basics and computer required). 

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It's time for some game prototyping! Type and draw away, make strange sounds and create fun out of thin air: Berlin Mini Game Jam is a relaxed 8 hour prototyping workshop: After we have chosen a theme together, we form teams or go solo to make game graphics, concepts and prototypes on computers, phones, cardboard or physical space. At the end, we present the results to each other.

Create whatever you want, just bring any materials you need. There is no hardware or material provided on-site unless specifically mentioned.

Everyone is welcome! Really! Artists, game designers, coders, hobbyists or professionals. Any gender, any background! We always have lots of new people, so don't worry if you don't know anybody yet: You're quite welcome too. If you want to, you will find a team at the jam, so coming alone is no problem.

See you at the jam!

Schedule:
12:00 Doors open, get to know people
12:20 Vote on themes via http://vote.berlinminijam.de/
12:40 Info speech & theme announcement
13:00 Jam Starts
21:00 End presentations start
22:00 Socialize & play games

Saturday April 28, 2018 12:00 - 22:00
Stage 1

15:00

Curious Kids Area – workshops for kids aged 6-12, hosted by Svenja Anhut, Sarah Wölker, Cäcilia Eming (in English and German)
Discover the world of robots, programming and creating games! For kids aged 6-12, but we also welcome people of any age who are interested in using digital tools in education.
Workshop led by Svenja Anhut (Game Design and Media Education), Sarah Wölker (Artist and Media Education), and Cäcilia Eming (Teacher).

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Entdeckt die Welt der Roboter, des Programmierens und der Spieleentwicklung. Für Kinder von 6 bis 12 Jahren und alle, die an digitalen Werkzeuge in der Bildung interessiert sind.
Workshopleitung: Svenja Anhut (Gamedesignerin und Medienpädagogin) , Sarah Wölker (Künstlerin und Medienpädagogin) und Cäcilia Eming (Pädagogin).

Artists
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Svenja Anhut

Svenja Anhut is a game designer and media educator working between games, culture and education. She mainly focusses on creating concepts and content for public gaming experiences, jams and workshops. Svenja is also a part of the A MAZE. / Berlin team.


Saturday April 28, 2018 15:00 - 18:00
Gallery

16:00

Scrambleshake18.1 unconference – submit your talk!
Scrambleshake18.1 is a low-key eggs’n’chill event that involves scrambled eggs & unconference.
We hijack events for sharing our eggsperiences. You give short talks, workshops, open discussions, etc.

Scramblehshake18.1 will take place on Sat 28 april 4-7pm at Urban Spree (A MAZE. entrance ticket required).

Scramblehshake18.1 welcomes your unconference pitches! The unconf schedule will be made on site (i.e. We employ the 'come and find your spot for your thing!' system) but feel free to share your pitches here to get ready for eggs.

www.scrambleshake.com

Saturday April 28, 2018 16:00 - 19:00
Stage 2

21:00

Funny = TRUE: Stand-Up Comedy with Elie Abraham, Jerry Belich, Ahmed Elgoni, Zuzanna Buchowska, Limpho Moeti
A MAZE. is proud to present the first installment of Elie Abraham's "Funny = TRUE", a stand-up comedy show where every comedian is also a game developer. Join us for laughs and disasters with Elie Abraham, Jerry Belich, Ahmed Elgoni, Zuzanna Buchowska, and Limpho Moeti.

Artists
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Elie Abraham

Elie Abraham is a composer, sound designer, voice actor, and unyielding game jammer who holds the world record for Most Games Soundtracked at a Single Game Jam (17). Elie also works as an escape designer and was a part of the 13-hour Murder on the Orient Express-themed escape that... Read More →
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Jerry Belich

Jerry teaches game design as a professor to pretend he is in any way professional. Most other mornings he quickly checks the softness of all his shirts to decide on which would be most soothing for the days work designing alternative controllers, strange digital games, and escape... Read More →
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Zuzanna Buchowska

Zuza doesn't really play video games, but for some reason is getting a master's in game design. Some of their favourite things about this world include dinosaurs, folk tales, long political rants, and big butts. They find themselves in the "clumsy comedy" genre, laughing at all things... Read More →
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Ahmed Elgoni

Ahmed is a computer sorceror famous for his ability to fail repeatedly and still laugh about it. He's also known to give excellent high fives.
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Limpho Moeti

A young creative trying to find her space in the game dev world. Current Admin Systems Specialist at Free Lives (prefers the title Minister without Portfolio). Super Villain in name only.


Saturday April 28, 2018 21:00 - 22:00
Club

21:00

Mariam Zakarian: Tea with Amaryllis – an artistic ritual in The Dream Room
"Tea with Amaryllis" is a participatory art piece functioning like a cleansing ritual. It relies on the audience to give up a very personal piece of themselves. It's about trust and vulnerability, and about the age-old wisdom that formulating and expressing pain may lessen it.

In the ritual you are asked to think of a memory, feeling or thought that is painful to you. You decide how big or small. No one will see the answer.
You write it down in 1 sentence and put it into a black teapot, thereby symbolically discarding it forever.

This collection of discarded words then becomes an ingredient for a special tea, that will be fed to one of my Amaryllis flowers.
Nature is very good at converting pain to beauty.
With this little ritual, we hope to do the same.

Artists
avatar for Mariam Zakarian

Mariam Zakarian

Mariam Zakarian is an Armenian virtual reality artist based in Denmark.She is the creator of one of the first Danish VR artworks, Amaryllis VR, which deals with uniquely human concepts such as mortality, physicality and spirituality channeled through the cutting-edge digital medium... Read More →


Saturday April 28, 2018 21:00 - Sunday April 29, 2018 00:00
Dream Room