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TALK: Gina Bloom “Play the Knave” Game Installation & Talk
October 21, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Play the Knave: Game Installation
All are welcome to try out or watch others play the digital theater game, Play the Knave, a motion capture video game that lets you design and perform in scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. Users customize their scene (choosing script, avatars, background sound, and theater space) and then perform it, karaoke-style, by reading the lines that scroll on screen. This is no ordinary karaoke experience, however.
A Kinect motion-capture camera picks up the player’s bodily gestures, mapping them onto the screen’s 3D avatar so that the avatar mirrors the user’s gestures in real time.
Play the Knave engages users in dramatic production, helping them understand and enjoy a Shakespeare play through the act of staging it.
The concept, content and design for Play the Knave are the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration involving faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at the University of California, Davis’s ModLab. For more information, see http://playtheknave.org or follow on Twitter @PlayTheKnave.
An Apology for Declamatory Acting: Reclaiming a History of Amateur Theater through the Digital Shakespeare Game Play the Knave