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Beyond Screens Alt+Ctrl w/ Chad Toprak & Helen Kwok
April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT
IndieCade’s Twitch show exploring work that pushes the boundaries of, or comes entirely off the screen. Genres covered will include participatory theatre, alternate reality and live action roleplaying; escape rooms; Big Games; and alternative controllers. Each hour-long episode will feature an in-depth conversation with creators of these genre-defining games.
Chad Toprak is an award-winning experimental game designer and independent curator. He champions and encourages the making, gathering, and playing of experimental and physical games. He is a first generation Turkish Muslim immigrant based in Melbourne, Australia.
Chad is the Artistic Director of Freeplay, the world’s longest-running independent games festival. He is also ½ of Melbourne’s experimental videogame curator duo Hovergarden, and the curator of the Contours fringe games exhibition. Chad was named in Develop Pacific’s inaugural 30 Under Thirty list for 2018 and GamesIndustry.biz’s Game Changers 2020 list. He occasionally lectures into RMIT University’s Bachelor of Design (Games) program.
Helen Kwok is a multimedia artist and designer who specialises in creating playful installations, experimental games, and public play activations. Her creative practice often involves blending the digital and physical, crafting work that playfully extends beyond the screen.
Helen’s work has been showcased at festivals, conferences, and events locally and internationally; she was named a Freeplay Awards finalist in 2020, and recently graduated with a Master of Animation, Games and Interactivity at RMIT University. Helen is a first generation Hong Kong immigrant based in Melbourne, Australia.
Airing noon Pacific on Wednesdays, weekly shows will be co-hosted by organizations and creators in monthly rotation as follows:
- First Wednesday – Playable Theatre – Hosted by the Playable Theatre Project
- Second Wednesday – Escape Rooms – Presented by Room Escape Artists
- Third Wednesday – Big Games – Presented by Come Out and Play
- Fourth Wednesday – Alternative Controllers – with Tatiana Vilela dos Santos and Alistair Aitcheson