Welcome to the live streaming programme of A MAZE. / Berlin 2020 - Total Digital - 9th International Games and Playful Media Festival. 3.5 days of hand selected sessions for everyone who loves an inclusive, respectful and meaningful future for games, playful media and their creators. You can follow our festival programme live on our A MAZE. / Berlin website, the A MAZE. YouTube channel, in the A MAZE. SPACE and on our Festival Discord.

All links will get communicated here and on our festival website. #AMaze2020

Schedule not final, there are still some sessions added in the coming days.

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Thursday, July 23

12:30 CEST

How to feel slightly less awkward in virtual and non-virtual spaces
I feel awkward in many situations. Talking in front of people, wearing VR glasses, breakups... But most of the time I can overcome this feeling, either with practice, or with making a huge shiny bubble VR headset or building an installation with a hundred balloons and one cactus. The workshop will be a guided brainstorming session about alternative ways to resolve our awkwardness. If the ideas become stable concepts for art/game/million-dollar-business at the end, that’s good. If they don’t, that’s also good.

- Participants will need to have their own laptop with a stable internet connection,
- paper
- pen
- and insecurities.

Recommended for humans who are happy to brainstorm about random and weird ideas.

This workshop will be given via Zoom & Miro board. This last one requires registration.

EUR 15,-

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Fanni Szilvás

Fanni graduated as a psychologist and as an animation filmmaker. Half the time she is working in an innovation lab as a facilitator, encouraging multidisciplinary teams to venture into other disciplines’ territories, and in the other half, she delves into user needs in a digital... Read More →
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Rita Eperjesi

She graduated as an architect, won several competitions in the creativity industry, and participated in various exhibitions as an artist with her VR installations.  Currently she is working as an art director in advertising and studying Creative Technologies in Potsdam Filmuniversity... Read More →

Thursday July 23, 2020 12:30 - 14:15 CEST

16:00 CEST

LAVAMUSEUM - Online VR Art Masterclass
The LAVAMUSEUM is a virtual museum that offers a space for artists to present their work to a wide audience. In this online masterclass we introduce you to VR art and show you live and during the opening of the LAVAMUSEUM how to use VR as a tool. In the lobby we then will give a lecture about virtual painting. Afterwards we guide you through the museum with digital artworks from Studio LAVAMACHINE. Finally the participants will create their first VR painting and can follow the work process of experienced VR Artists.

- Knowledge of how to use a VR Headset & an internet browser
- Internet browser (firefox recommended)
- VR headset or cardboard, or mixed reality headset

EUR 5,-

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Piers Goffart

Freelance illustrator and animator with a passion for storytelling, comedy and character acting. In 2015 he won the POS Award for best Artwork. Since 2017 he shifted his craft more and more into VR painting and animation.

Thursday July 23, 2020 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

18:00 CEST

Ephemera Storytelling: Designing the Feeling of Reading Other Peoples’ Letters
Together we’ll talk about principles of storytelling using physical objects; discuss character creation, world-building, and narrative design; explore designing real-world spaces to evoke a specific feeling; and step through creating a rough design (moodboard and prototype) for an individual ephemera object with a narrative.

Examples of fully-developed works with multiple pieces, for context:

Participants can create a rough draft in whatever method they like: sketching objects in a notebook, prototyping with paper (if so, include scissors, glue/tape, pencils/pens/etc), using a photo editing program to make a mockup, or using a moodboard website to collect images.

Participants are welcome to bring in paper ephemera or an intriguing found object (blank birthday card, photograph of a stranger, a weathered envelope, a cool box, etc) to work from or be inspired by.

Open to everyone with a curious heart. Would you be excited to find a mysterious diary in a resale shop? Would it make your day to discover a box of photographs hidden in an attic?

- stabled internet
- camera/microphone if desired

EUR 15,-

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Laura E. Hall

Laura E. Hall is an artist, writer, puzzle-maker, immersive environment and narrative designer living in Portland, Oregon. Her work focuses on the intersections between arts, culture, and technology, especially in gaming.

Thursday July 23, 2020 18:00 - 19:30 CEST
Friday, July 24

12:30 CEST

AI and Deep Learning for Music and Sound creation for Video games
Machine Learning is a branch of Artificial Intelligence that allows humans to teach computers to classify
specific sets of patterns within a large amount of data, as well as to generate novel outputs based on what an AI has "learned" from a corpus of data. Everyday examples of AI include computers being able to perform object detection in pictures, speech and facial recognition as well as generate new music in the style of a particular artist, to name a few.

In this introductory hands-on workshop we will learn about general concepts of AI, ML and Deep Learning and
work with two generative AI models for sound: SampleRNN and WaveGAN.

We will use them to create our own AI synthesized soundtracks and sound effects to be used as assets in a
video game.

Artists, Video Game developers and general interested audience in computer creativity.
People from underrepresented backgrounds and communities in art+tech and video
games are highly encouraged to apply.

Recommended for beginner to professional artists and musicians working with game-engines
and creative coding. No coding experience is necessary but is highly encouraged   

- Laptop
- Stable internet connection
- Unity 3D installed
- Google Mail & Drive account

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Moisés Horta Valenzuela AKA 𝔥𝔢𝔵𝔬𝔯𝔠𝔦𝔰𝔪𝔬𝔰

Moisés Horta Valenzuela is a musician, composer and sound artist. Taking inspiration from the sociocultural border context of Tijuana and being part of a generation exposed to the consumption of information via the Internet, the objective of his work is to express the ways in which... Read More →

Friday July 24, 2020 12:30 - 14:30 CEST

16:00 CEST

Let's jam in Dreams
Dreams is a hub to play and share music, art and all kinds of games... but I also see it as a school that teaches games as a broad term, not attached to any genre or market. It’s pure, playful and empowers anyone to discover their creativity through play.

I’ll introduce Dreams to you and then we'll make something together. You can even create something during the workshop and I'll include it! I'll also show you the visual stuff that Bogdan will use later in his Dreams Algorave. So, let’s jam!

I’d like to reach players who never have or may be considering making games as well as game makers, musicians and artists.

Attendees can take part via the streaming chat on YouTube. But if anyone has Dreams, they’re welcome to jam along.

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Pablo López Soriano

Pablo López Soriano is Principal Animator at Media Molecule. His background in audiovisual studies feeds into a creative, multidisciplinary approach when working in games. He is passionate about nature and astronomy. Find him in Dreams as kednar.

Friday July 24, 2020 16:00 - 17:00 CEST
Saturday, July 25

14:30 CEST

How to bring your illustrations to life
Learn how to create an interactive illustration using Unity. Bring along your own illustrations (separated into layers) or a digital drawing tool so that your art can be transformed into an interactive project. We will be focusing on adding depth, small animations and other interactions to your artworks. 

- Digital Illustrations (separated into layers) or digital drawing tools
- Laptop with Unity installed

EUR 5,-

This workshop will be given through Zoom

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Kirsten-Lee Naidoo

Game Development Lecturer and avid game jammer who loves dogs.
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Rohun Ranjith

Hi, I am a junior game developer at Free Lives in South Africa. I love to make small games and to draw in my free time.

Saturday July 25, 2020 14:30 - 16:00 CEST

16:00 CEST

The [Amaze]ing Watermelon Sculpting
Bring yourself, a watermelon, a knife and come sculpt some watermelon lanterns with us.Warning: This will probably get messy.

Join us on Zoom here

Saturday July 25, 2020 16:00 - 17:00 CEST
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