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In this two-part workshop, participants will explore innovative approaches to transforming archival materials into interactive digital narratives under the guidance of Afrah Shafiq, a multimedia artist based in Goa, India.

Using research as an artistic playground, Afrah intertwines archival findings, history, memory, folklore, and fantasy to create speculative worlds born of remix culture. Her work moves fluidly across mediums, drawing from the traditional language of handmade forms and connecting them to the digital language of the internet and video games.

Afrah's creations have been featured in major exhibitions like the 2023 Dhaka Art Summit, biennales in Lahore, Kochi-Muziris, and Taiwan. She has undertaken archival research residencies with the Institut d'études avancées de Nantes in France, test.site in Austin, The Garage Field Research Fellowship in Moscow and the New North and South Program in the UK. Afrah is currently developing 'Where Do The Ants Go,' exploring the interconnections between ants and algorithms.

Workshop Outline

The sessions will delve into three core concepts:

  • Narrativizing Non-Fiction: An expanded idea of the documentary form
  • Research as Play: A non scholarly approach to research
  • Interacting with the Archive: Discovering novel forms to experience material

The workshop consists of two 2-hour sessions separated by one week.

Afrah will unpack three key ideas through a spirit of curiosity and experimentation, illustrating them with examples from her artistic practice. Then, participants will gain hands-on experience working with an archive, followed by a take-home assignment. Participants will then go through feedback and iterative development with their peers.

By engaging with archives through a creative lens, this workshop aims to foster new modes of storytelling that breathe life into historical records. 

Logistics

Dates: June 13th and June 20th at 7:30 AM PST / 10:30 AM EST / 4:30 PM CET / 8:00 PM IST

Length: Two two-hour sessions split across two weeks

Cost: We recommend $99, but 20% of the tickets are pay-what-you-can. Since this is a workshop with limited seating, please be respectful to all attendees financial needs.

Format: Online workshop via Zoom. We will send you an invite post-purchase. Please be prepared to have your camera on. This workshop will be recorded.

Requirements: None!

Experience Level: Beginners! Previous creative experience in another field (e.g. design) is helpful but not necessary. This event is designed explicitly for adults but is fine for all ages. It is open to artists, writers, designers, researchers and the curious across disciplines.

Additional Info: No refunds or exchanges. Please review our Code of Conduct here. Email info@gameplayarts.org for any questions.

Afrah Shafiq is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Goa, India. Her work takes hybrid forms that bring together text, sound, animation, code, and sculpture to create interactive, sometimes simulated atmospheres to experience and unlearn. She often seeks ways to retain the tactile within the digital and the poetry within technology. Afrah's work has been included in the Horst Arts and Music Festival Brussels 2024, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh, 2023; Video Art Pavilion at the Asian Art Biennale, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2022; Lahore Biennial (LB02), Lahore Pakistan; 2019; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India, 2018, WorldBuilding: Gaming and Art in the Digital Age, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist At Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf and Centre Pompidou-Metz; "Very Small Feelings" at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, among other exhibitions in India and globally.

6.13.24 Building Playable Archives and Research Games with Afrah Shafiq

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In this two-part workshop, participants will explore innovative approaches to transforming archival materials into interactive digital narratives under the guidance of Afrah Shafiq, a multimedia artist based in Goa, India.

Using research as an artistic playground, Afrah intertwines archival findings, history, memory, folklore, and fantasy to create speculative worlds born of remix culture. Her work moves fluidly across mediums, drawing from the traditional language of handmade forms and connecting them to the digital language of the internet and video games.

Afrah's creations have been featured in major exhibitions like the 2023 Dhaka Art Summit, biennales in Lahore, Kochi-Muziris, and Taiwan. She has undertaken archival research residencies with the Institut d'études avancées de Nantes in France, test.site in Austin, The Garage Field Research Fellowship in Moscow and the New North and South Program in the UK. Afrah is currently developing 'Where Do The Ants Go,' exploring the interconnections between ants and algorithms.

Workshop Outline

The sessions will delve into three core concepts:

  • Narrativizing Non-Fiction: An expanded idea of the documentary form
  • Research as Play: A non scholarly approach to research
  • Interacting with the Archive: Discovering novel forms to experience material

The workshop consists of two 2-hour sessions separated by one week.

Afrah will unpack three key ideas through a spirit of curiosity and experimentation, illustrating them with examples from her artistic practice. Then, participants will gain hands-on experience working with an archive, followed by a take-home assignment. Participants will then go through feedback and iterative development with their peers.

By engaging with archives through a creative lens, this workshop aims to foster new modes of storytelling that breathe life into historical records. 

Logistics

Dates: June 13th and June 20th at 7:30 AM PST / 10:30 AM EST / 4:30 PM CET / 8:00 PM IST

Length: Two two-hour sessions split across two weeks

Cost: We recommend $99, but 20% of the tickets are pay-what-you-can. Since this is a workshop with limited seating, please be respectful to all attendees financial needs.

Format: Online workshop via Zoom. We will send you an invite post-purchase. Please be prepared to have your camera on. This workshop will be recorded.

Requirements: None!

Experience Level: Beginners! Previous creative experience in another field (e.g. design) is helpful but not necessary. This event is designed explicitly for adults but is fine for all ages. It is open to artists, writers, designers, researchers and the curious across disciplines.

Additional Info: No refunds or exchanges. Please review our Code of Conduct here. Email info@gameplayarts.org for any questions.

Afrah Shafiq is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Goa, India. Her work takes hybrid forms that bring together text, sound, animation, code, and sculpture to create interactive, sometimes simulated atmospheres to experience and unlearn. She often seeks ways to retain the tactile within the digital and the poetry within technology. Afrah's work has been included in the Horst Arts and Music Festival Brussels 2024, Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh, 2023; Video Art Pavilion at the Asian Art Biennale, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2022; Lahore Biennial (LB02), Lahore Pakistan; 2019; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India, 2018, WorldBuilding: Gaming and Art in the Digital Age, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist At Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf and Centre Pompidou-Metz; "Very Small Feelings" at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, among other exhibitions in India and globally.

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