Theme: Futures in/of/for larp
The Call for Programme is now open! You can send us your program idea here: https://forms.gle/qknqrbygaSuYb31d7
CFP closes on January 31, 2020
This year’s theme of Futures is a definite nod to the DIY, posthumanist, high-tech and low-life aesthetic of cyberpunk. It’s also a deeper dive in to imagined scenarios, utopias and dystopias, how our real-world future will change larp, and ways of creating and working that could one day be commonplace, but haven’t been dreamed yet.
The call for programme welcomes short and long talks and presentations, workshops of any kind, panels, round-table discussions, social events and hangouts, and of course larps. In our programme, we’re considering three angles on the theme.
Futures in larp
The first is larp as future creation. How can/have larps been used to envision and create futures? How have larps had an effect in education or in politics, for example? What are the ethical considerations when creating future scenarios? What are the practical tools – when you build a future world, where do you start? What futures have we already explored, and what should we explore next?
Futures of larp
The second is the future of larp. Where is larp headed? What’s new next year? What’s sustainable? For this stream, we would love to get programme items such as workshops for discussing the future development of larp. What tools will we need in larp going forward? We’re also looking for “futurespectives” – say, a retrospective larp history from 2020 to “the present day”, set in 2040.
Futures for larp
Finally, we have future studies methodologies in larp. Futurologists have seen larp as an interesting tool, so now we’re turning the tables. What methods are out there to study the future, and how could those methods be applied to larp creation?
Because the Solmukohta 2020 book focuses on Player Skills, we’re looking for programme items for this stream as well.
Naturally, we’re expecting to hear about last year’s larps, hear new ideas and theories, and participate in your workshops – not everything in the programme is expected to relate directly to the theme; think of it as a common thread in a loosely-woven net and a point of inspiration. We look forward to your submissions!