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Permission to Play

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A group of people in various poses on a yellow background. They are sitting, standing, running and interacting with each other on blue blocks suspended in the air.
Permission to Play, Thomas S.G. Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Come out to play at this weekend of games, conversations and workshops exploring who gets to play, who is represented in play, and why play is so important for us all. This event is inspired by the Play Well exhibition.

All events will have step-free access and resting points will be available throughout the building. If you would like a BSL interpreter for a specific activity or outside of an event, ask at the information point on level 0.

Dates

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Events

    Saturday 15 February 2020

    • Game

    Is This Violence? Am I Too Sexy?

    Viewing Room

    Join Tomo Kihara to play a game where your challenge is to trick artificial intelligence into thinking that it’s seeing violence or sexiness. Between 2-3pm you’ll also have the chance to chat and reflect on how biases in machine learning models can affect our society.
    Just turn up

    • Installation
    • Relaxed

    Forest Daydream

    The Forum

    Immerse yourself in Phoenix Perry’s installation of a forest that responds to light, then drop in to a workshop exploring how play can be used to deliver messages, especially about environmental change. This installation was created by Phoenix Perry, Fede Fasce, and Robin Baumgarten, in collaboration with MSc students from UAL's Creative Computing Institute and Adelle Lin.
    Just turn up

    • Game

    Metaform

    Reading Room

    Drop in at any time and join a group to play with giant cuboids and imagine what abstract ideas might look like physically. On the hour you can also join a group at a table to join a facilitated version of this game with cards as playful prompts.
    Just turn up

    • Game

    Changing Relationships to Play

    Level 1 Landing

    Visit one of Ludic Rooms’ popup play boxes around the building to play in the spaces between digital things and the real world. Prototype a more playable city, make an AR protest placard to playfully speak truth to power, and play games inspired by Wellcome’s collections
    Just turn up

    • Game
    • Relaxed

    Crip Casino

    The Studio

    Play with Abi Palmer’s fruit machines, which are designed to spit out surreal diagnoses or a detailed assessment of your personal pain and privilege that explores the language of wellness. Crip Casino features flashing lights and unexpected noises.
    Just turn up

    • Game
    • Relaxed

    Playing Up With LADA

    Ground floor Atrium

    Pick up a card, grab some props and follow the instructions inspired by live art performances. Adults and kids can play these facilitated games together in this public play-in.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop

    Play to Win or Play to Keep on Playing

    Williams Lounge

    Come find out what play is to you. Hear how artist Anthea Moys changes the rules of the game in sport and reimagines winning. Then play some of her favourite games.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop
    • Relaxed

    Toybox

    Reading Room

    Explore who gets represented by the toys in our shops at this workshop led by ToyLikeMe, a group founded in frustration at the lack of representation of disabled children. Imagine alternative playthings that better reflect our diversity.
    Just turn up

    • Discussion
    • Speech-to-text
    • British Sign Language
    • Relaxed

    The Power of Inclusive Play

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Hear a variety of perspectives on inclusive play in this conversation curated by Touretteshero’s Jess Thom. Speakers will explore the role inclusive play has had in the politics of being visible in mainstream culture and in shaping their creative practice.

    • Chill out

    Chill-Out Room

    The Studio

    Any time that you want to find a space away from the programme of activities, you can come to the Chill-Out Room to relax or lie down.
    Just turn up

    Sunday 16 February 2020

    • Game

    Is This Violence? Am I Too Sexy?

    Viewing Room

    Join Tomo Kihara to play a game where your challenge is to trick artificial intelligence into thinking that it’s seeing violence or sexiness. Between 2-3pm you’ll also have the chance to chat and reflect on how biases in machine learning models can affect our society.
    Just turn up

    • Installation
    • Relaxed

    Forest Daydream

    The Forum

    Immerse yourself in Phoenix Perry’s installation of a forest that responds to light, then drop in to a workshop exploring how play can be used to deliver messages, especially about environmental change. This installation was created by Phoenix Perry, Fede Fasce, and Robin Baumgarten, in collaboration with MSc students from UAL's Creative Computing Institute and Adelle Lin.
    Just turn up

    • Game

    Metaform

    Reading Room

    Drop in at any time and join a group to play with giant cuboids and imagine what abstract ideas might look like physically. On the hour you can also join a group at a table to join a facilitated version of this game with cards as playful prompts.
    Just turn up

    • Game

    Changing Relationships to Play

    Level 1 Landing

    Visit one of Ludic Rooms’ popup play boxes around the building to play in the spaces between digital things and the real world. Prototype a more playable city, make an AR protest placard to playfully speak truth to power, and play games inspired by Wellcome’s collections
    Just turn up

    • Game
    • Relaxed

    Crip Casino

    The Studio

    Play with Abi Palmer’s fruit machines, which are designed to spit out surreal diagnoses or a detailed assessment of your personal pain and privilege that explores the language of wellness. Crip Casino features flashing lights and unexpected noises.
    Just turn up

    • Game
    • Relaxed

    Playing Up With LADA

    Ground floor Atrium

    Pick up a card, grab some props and follow the instructions inspired by live art performances. Adults and kids can play these facilitated games together in this public play-in.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop

    Play to Win or Play to Keep on Playing

    Williams Lounge

    Come find out what play is to you. Hear how artist Anthea Moys changes the rules of the game in sport and reimagines winning. Then play some of her favourite games.
    Just turn up

    • Workshop
    • Relaxed

    Toybox

    Reading Room

    Explore who gets represented by the toys in our shops at this workshop led by ToyLikeMe, a group founded in frustration at the lack of representation of disabled children. Imagine alternative playthings that better reflect our diversity.
    Just turn up

    • Discussion
    • British Sign Language
    • Speech-to-text
    • Relaxed

    Black Girl Gamers

    Henry Wellcome Auditorium

    Hear from Jay-Ann Lopez, founder of Black Girl Gamers, who will talk about her work to promote diversity and affect change within the gaming industry.

    • Chill out

    Chill-Out Room

    The Studio

    Any time that you want to find a space away from the programme of activities, you can come to the Chill-Out Room to relax or lie down.
    Just turn up