Faculty of Design Speaker Series: Rafael Fajardo: Reflective Play


Fajardo is founder of SWEAT, maker of socially conscious video games

 
DateWednesday, February 6, 2008 - 11:30pm

Cost

Free

Email

general@ocad.ca

Location

Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

The Faculty of Design is pleased to present a free public talk by Rafael Fajardo, founder of SWEAT, as part of its annual speaker series.

Rafael Fajardo: 'Reflective Play: Exploring the Creation of Games and Toys to Raise Consciousness and Stimulate Thinking'

Rafael Fajardo is the founder of SWEAT, a loose collaborative that makes socially conscious video games. SWEAT has published two video games, Crosser and La Migra, that comment on the game-like nature of (il)legal human traffic at the US/Mexico border. SWEAT is currently working on a game, set in Colombia, which explores the effects of the culture of drug agriculture. This game, Juan & the Beanstalk, has been released as playable fragments. SWEAT's games have been exhibited internationally. Fajardo also teaches at the University of Denver where he is an associate professor of Electronic Media Arts Design and the Director of Digital Media Studies. With his colleague Scott Leutenegger he has overseen the creation of Squeezed, a videogame, co-sponsored by mtvU that comments on the lives of (im)migrant farm workers in the US. With Dr. Leutenegger and with Dr. Debra Austin he has received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the teaching of videogames as a holistic pedagogy in high schools.

Presented with the generous support of M.C. McCain.

On February 27, the Faculty of Design Speaker Series presents Tali Krakowsky, Director of Experience Design for Imaginary Forces.

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Presentations take place in the OCAD Auditorium at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

DateWednesday, February 6, 2008 - 11:30pm

Cost

Free

Email

general@ocad.ca

Website Location

Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

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Rafael Fajardo
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 11:30pm

The Faculty of Design is pleased to present a free public talk by Rafael Fajardo, founder of SWEAT, as part of its annual speaker series.

Rafael Fajardo: 'Reflective Play: Exploring the Creation of Games and Toys to Raise Consciousness and Stimulate Thinking'

Rafael Fajardo is the founder of SWEAT, a loose collaborative that makes socially conscious video games. SWEAT has published two video games, Crosser and La Migra, that comment on the game-like nature of (il)legal human traffic at the US/Mexico border. SWEAT is currently working on a game, set in Colombia, which explores the effects of the culture of drug agriculture. This game, Juan & the Beanstalk, has been released as playable fragments. SWEAT's games have been exhibited internationally. Fajardo also teaches at the University of Denver where he is an associate professor of Electronic Media Arts Design and the Director of Digital Media Studies. With his colleague Scott Leutenegger he has overseen the creation of Squeezed, a videogame, co-sponsored by mtvU that comments on the lives of (im)migrant farm workers in the US. With Dr. Leutenegger and with Dr. Debra Austin he has received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the teaching of videogames as a holistic pedagogy in high schools.

Presented with the generous support of M.C. McCain.

On February 27, the Faculty of Design Speaker Series presents Tali Krakowsky, Director of Experience Design for Imaginary Forces.

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Presentations take place in the OCAD Auditorium at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
general@ocad.ca
Cost: 
Free
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