2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Personal Touch: New Boundaries of Game Interaction

Thursday, March 17
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 4abc
531 E 4th St

In this panel Curator Paulien Dresscher and Game Developer Niki Smit expand the boundaries of games and interaction by focusing on the human expression at large: voice, touch, breath etc. By using numerous examples in which alternative game controllers are explored, the space between the virtual and the physical is redefined and a new area of creativity and interactivity will be sketched. Simultaneously, chances and possibilities of these new modes of play will be discussed on the level of cognitive and emotional development and meaningful interaction. The game DEEP, a meditative and psychoactive VR game that is controlled by breathing developed by Owen Harris and Niki Smit, is one of the key examples of this panel. In this game players wear the Oculus Rift and a DEEP controller to explore a beautiful and mysterious undersea world. The game sweeps users into its relaxing embrace and teaches them yogic breathing techniques that can release stress, anxiety and mild depression.

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Niki Smit at SXSW

Niki Smit

Designer of Play

Monobanda Play

Niki Smit (01-10-1981) is designer of PLAY at artcollective Monobanda PLAY, which he co-founded.

Monobanda aims to explore and expand the boundaries of PLAY and interaction. Working on both com...

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Paulien Dresscher at SXSW

Paulien Dresscher

Head New Media


Since 1994 Paulien Dresscher is working as a filmmaker, researcher, writer and educator in the field of new media and digital culture. Currently she is working as Head of the New Media Department a...

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