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The schedule is now final! There might still be some minor changes, but we’ll try to keep them to a minimum. A note regarding the location: the entire festival will take place at Urban Spree this year. Get your ticket for the festival now.
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Prof. Dr. Pippin Barr

Assist. Prof. Dr. Pippin Barr is a videogame maker, educator, and critic who lives and works in Montréal. He is the Associate Director of the Technoculture, Art, and Games (TAG) Lab, Canada's premier games research centre and part of the Milieux Institute for Art, Culture and Technology and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand with a dissertation that examined the presence and mediation of values in videogames. Pippin's research practice is as a prolific maker of videogames, producing work addressing everything from airplane safety instructions to contemporary art to the nature of videogames and videogame technologies. He has collaborated with diverse figures such as performance artistMarina Abramović, Twitter personality @seinfeld2000, and the International Federation for Human Rights. Some of Pippin's well-known projects include "The Artist Is Present", a recreation of the performance work of the same name, "Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: CPU Edition", exhibited in the #HYPERPAVILLION at the Venice Biennale of 2017, and "It is as if you were doing work", a speculative videogame about a post-work future played by tens of thousands online.

Pippin is a well-known figure in the independent and artistic videogame scenes, serving as a judge or juror for many international festivals, and his games have been covered in publications from the New York Times to Slate to Kotaku. He maintains a process of radically transparent videogame design and development via his presence on GitHub, and his book, How to Play a Video Game, introduces the uninitiated and culturally curious to the world of video games. Pippin's website, www.pippinbarr.com, organises his diverse activities into a central location.