Playing In Public: Hide&Seek Weekender Conference to address collaboration and the past and future of public play with keynote from Pat Kane

17 September 2012 in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

9am – 5pm, tickets available from

Part of Hide&Seek Weekender, 14 – 17 September, Southbank Centre, London.

Games are entering the cultural mainstream and becoming part of our civic life, creating a set of challenges and opportunities for professionals tasked with managing public spaces. Through a series of talks from leading thinkers and practitioners, showcases from artists, producers and technology companies, and tailored networking sessions, the Playing in Public Conference creates an environment where new ideas for the future of play in public space can flourish.

Playing in public is arguably our oldest cultural activity, yet games are generally thought of as a technological cultural form.  The conference will look at how we can link heritage with innovation and how practitioners can get the best out of collaborations between artists, game designers, architects, organistions, curators and space holders.

Some of the highlights include a keynote from musician and author Pat Kane on the future of public play, an insider’s guide to technology in public spaces from Wired top 100 regular and Pervasive Media Studios Director Clare Reddington, a showcase from the Hide&Seek Weekender, preceding the conference at the South Bank 14 – 16 September, and a postmortem on Joue le Jeu – and inspiring collaboration between architecture and games design that brought a Parisian building alive this summer.

Full programme and details on how to reserve space can be found at

More information about the Hide&Seek Weekender can be found at:

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About Hide&Seek Weekender

The Hide&Seek Weekender launched in 2009 by creative games studio Hide&Seek with the aim of bringing play to the public, adults and families alike. This year will be the third ever Weekender, which will take place in the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on the 14th, 15th and 16th of September. The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall will be filled with drop-in fun combining games with other art forms: balls that make sounds, lights that watch you move, custard that needs punching, boxes that need stacking and restacking, giant birds that just want a giant nest to rest in. Plus there’ll be scheduled games throughout: deceptive tours, frozen gargoyles, performances and more.

All the games have been created by artists and designers working to make them as much fun to play as they are to watch, and most of them are free, so drop by to see what’s going on and get involved. <>

About Hide&Seek

Hide&Seek is a game design studio based in London and New York. Through a compelling combination of design, technology and cultural partnership, their work re-imagines public space as a place to play. Their work spans multiple platforms: console, smartphone, browser, TV screen, street.

The studio is founded on the belief that play is essential to our health, minds and relationships, and will play an increasing role in the civic culture of the 21st century. They create new games and experiences, curate and support the work of artists and designers through the Sandpit series, design and consult with global brands, and speak at conferences and events around the world.

Hide&Seek are Artists in Residence at the Southbank Centre. Recent partners and collaborators include: Channel 4, BBC, Wieden Kennedy, Tate Modern, Warner Brothers, Royal Opera House, Hogmanay Festival, Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), <> , British Council (Japan), SXSW, Co:collective, Tribeca and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Their work has been recognised by D&AD, Creative Review, BAFTA, The One Show, Living Labs Global Awards and Guardian MEGAS. Founder & Director Alex Fleetwood won British Council Performing Arts Entrepreneur of the Year, and Development Director Margaret Robertson was recently named one of the UK’s top games designers by Develop Magazine. <>

About Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. <>


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