Change Agents: Spaces of Possibility A Lecture and Workshop with Nathalie Pozzi and Eric Zimmerman
Visions and Voices
American game designer and artist Eric Zimmerman and Italian architect Nathalie Pozzi produce artworks that take the form of large-scale physical games played in public spaces. They will talk about their work and their interest in “creating spaces as possibilities of action.”
Change Agents is a lecture and workshop series featuring internationally acclaimed artists whose work activates and re-conceptualizes the public sphere, offering new opportunities for engagement, action and reflection.
On October 2, Italian architect Nathalie Pozzi and American game designer Eric Zimmerman will give a lecture about their recent work: large-scale game installations that sit at the intersection of game design and architecture. These games, which playfully shape and subvert both physical and social space, are played in public spaces ranging from galleries to streetscapes to the outdoor sculpture garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
On October 3, Pozzi and Zimmerman will also host a hands-on workshop. Participants will explore physical and social spaces within the indoor and outdoor structures of USC. Then these observations will be designed into an intervention than creates playful behavior in a public setting.
About the Artists:
Nathalie Pozzi is an architect whose projects cross the boundaries of art installation, architecture and landscape. Trained in Venice, Stockholm and Helsinki, Pozzi explores the classical design of space and light and the elegant use of materials, while also incorporating social and ethnographic elements into her work. She seeks to expand the possibilities of architecture from building beautiful structures into a global and cultural act. Her projects range from the short film Home, presented at the 4th International Festival for Architecture in Video in Florence, to design and production consulting for internationally renowned artists. Her recent work with Eric Zimmerman involves the creation of large-scale physical games, including Starry Heavens, exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2011. (Official website)
Eric Zimmerman is a game designer, entrepreneur, artist, author and scholar who has worked in the game industry for nearly twenty years. Zimmerman’s diverse activities have made him one of the New York Observer’s “Power Punks,” one of Interview magazine’s “30 to Watch,” one of International Design magazine’s “ID 40” (influential designers) and one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Digital 50.” Zimmerman is a founding faculty member at the New York University Game Center, where he teaches game design. He was also the co-founder and chief design officer of Gamelab, a game-development company based in New York City. (Official website, Twitter)
Change Agents: Jeanne van Heeswijk
Monday, November 4, 7 p.m.
Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall
Doheny Memorial Library 240
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Organized by Rhea Anastas and Carol Stakenas (Fine Arts).
Photo: Maxime Dufour Photographies