In October, I will be working at the Victoria and Albert Museum as their first game designer in residence. The position was advertised around January this year. I submitted a written application, detailing my ideas about the residency, along with my own artwork and videos. I was then called back for a day at the V&A, which consisted of a 20 minute presentation to a group of V&A staff, and then an interview. For six months, I will work on game ideas inspired by the British Galleries, which will then be prototyped at Abertay University. I will also be delivering some public participation programmes throughout my stay, consisting of talks, workshops and game jams. There are a lot of reasons why I'm excited about the residency:
The residency has a few different partners, including Abertay University, (where my team won Dare to be Digital, started our company and studied) UKIE and the V&A at Dundee. I will be talking at Abertay University’s Dare Protoplay about my residency in August. (http://www.daretobedigital.com/42_Dare-ProtoPlay.html)
I was so thrilled to have so many different publications take interest in my residency; BBC, Kotaku, Eurogamer, The Independent, Artribune and Design Week to name a few. Having games enthusiast press, mainstream, and arts/culture press covering the same story is wonderful!
At the weekend, I will be attending SyncTank's Culture Hack Scotland 2013 at The Whisky Bond in Glasgow. This is a 48 hour 'hack-a-thon' where people in the creative sector will be making exciting cultural pieces. My job will be to judge the creations at the end of the event, and also to hold a 2 hour workshop introducing game creation. This will be the first time delivering a workshop to adults, so I am slightly nervous! You can read my interview with SyncTank here!