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Friday, April 28 • 11:00 - 11:30
Arcane Circus: Chicken in the Wall – Pataphysics: The Science of Imaginary Solutions

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When playing games, we don’t question why rats drop gold or why carrying a leaf allows us to fly. Players frequently accept unusual logic that defies the rules of the world we live in. In other words: players accept things that make no sense in the metaphysical world but make perfect sense in a pataphysical one.

Pataphysics is the science of imaginary solutions, pioneered by French absurdist Alfred Jarry in the early 1900s. Jarry could have never fathomed an entire art movement 100 years later based on his imaginary science and yet here we are! Video game developers make use of pataphysics all the time but many don’t realize it.

Arcane Circus will offer you a crash course in pataphysics. We will cover the history of pataphysics, analyse how games have been using it thus far and suggest how you can apply pataphysics to your own games.

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Molly Heady-Carroll & Erik van Wace

Arcane Circus
Arcane Circus is a two-person studio based in the Netherlands and the creators of "Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket". Arcane Circus strives to create games that are peculiar, varied, quirky and lovingly crafted with a strong, creative voice.At your service.

Friday April 28, 2017 11:00 - 11:30 CEST
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