What would it take to make Dublin a more playful city? Join us as we attempt to find out by transforming Project Arts Centre into a massive playground!
Prototype is a brand new festival of play and interaction. This is your chance to experience the world from a new perspective with removable camera eyes, to jostle and joust to a Bach soundtrack whilst trying to disarm an opponent, to throw shapes and win glow sticks as you figure out who got an invite to the silent disco, to duel with foam pool noodles, and to play chase in the dark with flashlights.
A unique festival that incites new types of social interaction, involving people technology and the city, Prototype is a series of performances, workshops, talks, and games that spill across the city, alongside an adult playground in the heart of Temple Bar.
Play is for life, not just for Christmas!
Check out Prototype’s own website for more on what to expect at the festival.
Full programme of events:
PROTOTYPE TALKS | 17 October | 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Talk 1: Permission to Play – What does it take to make an entire city be more playful? What does play on a massive scale look like and what does it take to make it?
Talk 2: Cross Disciplinary Play – Focussing on projects that defy categorisation, we will hear from boundary shifting artists and designers about their playful work and what the notion of prototyping has brought to their practice.
Talk 3: Theatre and Games – As theatre artists increasingly design games and game designers turn to performance to enhance their work, what are the benefits and disadvantages to mixing game and theatre?
Find out more about Prototype Talks and book here.
PROTOTYPE PLAYGROUND | 17 & 18 October | Friday 17 October 8pm – 10pm & Saturday 18 October 11.30am – 5.30pm
We’re turning the Space Upstairs in to a playground packed full of games and technology.
Find out more about Prototype Playground and book here.
PROTOTYPE PLAYS | 17 & 18 October | 7.00pm on 17 October & 6.00pm on 18 October
A double bill of performances featuring Blast, a live point-and-click adventure game, by Dan Bergin & Several Amazing Things About Tetris (1984) by Pat Ashe
Find out more about Prototype Plays and book here.
Workshop 1: Wearable Electronics: Niki Collier & Cheryl Harding | 18 October | 10.30am – 1.30pm
Find out more about our Wearable Electronics workshop and book here.
Workshop 2: Interactive Fiction | 18 October |10.30am – 1.00pm
Find out more about our Interactive Fiction workshop and book here.
Workshop 3: Location-based Design for Mobile Play | 18 October | 11.30am – 2.00pm
Find out more about our Location-based Design workshop and book here.
Prototype is curated by Hilary O’Shaughnessy as part of her Theatre Artist in Residence programme at Project Arts Centre and Dublin City Council with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Goethe Institute, the British Council and the French Embassy.
Hilary O’Shaughnessy is a Project Artist.
Suitable ages 16+