MA Contemporary Art Theory

MA Contemporary Art Theory

Re-imagining the Art School Since 2001

Week 8.2 | Play: Redux Classwork

 

The Mandatory Reading for All MCATs to read for this week is:

‘1. Play is’ (pp1-18) in Play Matters (Sicart, 2014)

Each Basho will be also be assigned a Bespoke Reading, the bashos are as follows:

Study Groups (‘Basho’):

Green 🟢 Jialing Zou, Dave Molnar, Kejing Sun, Shireen Chen

Purple 🟣 Shuwen Chen, Peiying Gu, Dami Lee, Weixiao Wei

Yellow 🟡 Rui Shu, Ziyu Dang

 

Bespoke Readings for each group are are:

Greens Read 🟢

‘1. Play and Ambiguity’ in The Ambiguity of Play (Sutton-Smith, 2001: 1-17)

Purples Read 🟣

‘1. Introduction to Critical Play’ in Critical Play: Radical Game Design (Flanagan, 2009: 1-15)

Yellows Read 🟡

‘1. Precursors to Ludic Participation’ in Play and Participation in Contemporary Arts Practices (Stott, 2015: 16-32)

 

Before you begin, you may wish to learn a little more about what ‘reading’ a set seminar text involves at the University of Edinburgh.

Our Institute for Academic Development (IAD) offer good advice on how to critically approach a seminar set-text here.

It’s important not to take what you read at face-value. You need to engage in Critical Thinking. Here, a group of Edinburgh undergraduates explain what Critical Thinking is for them:

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