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New commission from the City of Melbourne

August 22, 2014
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Pop Up Playground and the City of Melbourne are working together to develop and present a new interactive experience designed for the Melbourne Bike Share Program. Use your smart phone to discover a city that you never knew was there.  Launching on the streets of Melbourne this November. Stay tuned for more details!

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Halls of Westminster crown

July 15, 2012
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Some of the games we play for Pop Up Playground requires nothing more than players. Sometimes the games needs a prop or two, and occasionally they need a piece of costuming. For Halls of Westminster, the old king is dying and leaves the kingdom no heir but two pretenders to the throne.  The players discuss, …

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The New Games Movement and Life. Be In It.

March 15, 2012

This is one of those detective stories, uncovering facts and hints bit by bit. It’s the thrill of the chase and the satisfaction of the find that I love about this sort of stuff. Last year I discovered the New Games Movement, an American movement in the early 70s to get adults out and playing …

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Midnight in the City

November 10, 2011

During the last 6 weeks, I’ve been involved in a residency at the NGV studio called Game/Play, in conjunction with Freeplay and Pop Up Playground. As part of this we ran 2 Playdays for the general public. Loads of games were played and fun was had. On the last of these Playdays, I ran a …

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The possibilities expansion

September 15, 2011

This morning, in one of the sheds scattered around my work we found a dried out, desiccated rat body. It’s like rat jerky, it’s quite unpleasant. Discussing it with a workmate, she said “it’s weird that the… (and here she paused while she tried to remember the word)… rat people… you know, didn’t find it …

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Junction Festival roundup

September 4, 2011

Last week we headed down to Launceston for the Junction Arts Festival. This was the second year for Junction, which was a smaller festival than the huge inaugural one. Next year will again be a big one, according to the festival director Ian Pidd. I was fascinated to go to an arts festival that had …

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Freeplay – game on!

August 29, 2011

I attended Freeplay http://www.freeplay.net.au , the Australian independent games festival, on the weekend. It was great to see so many game developers come together in one place to talk about their industry. Freeplay is fairly focused on computer/ video game design, but there are a number of other types of games covered as well (such …

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