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EVENT: MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL 2019 (MARCH 15 2019)

COLL.EO

THE SECOND EDITION OF THE MILAN MACHINIMA FILM FESTIVAL PROMISES UNCANNY VISIONS.

The MACHINIMA FILM FESTIVAL returns to Milan on March 15 2019 during the Milano Digital Week

Featuring a selection of artworks created by artists appropriating, repurposing, and remixing commercial video games, the MMF includes short films and experimental works created by Lisa Carletta, COLL.EO, Joseph DeLappe, Kara Gut, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Chris Keric, Luigi Marrone, Luca Miranda, Leonhard Müellner, Bram Ruiter, Brenton Smith, Petra Szeman, Twee Whistler and Brent Watanabe.

An international panel of critics, curators, and academics contributed to the selection and evaluation process: Valentino Catricalà (Artistic Director of the Media Art Festival in Rome), Marco De Mutiis (Digital curator at Fotomuseum Winterthur), Stefano Locati (member of the Scientific Committee of the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival in Venice and Director of the Asian Film Festival in Bologna), Henry Lowood (Curator for the Germanic Collections and the History of Science and Technology Collections at Stanford University), and Jenna NG (Professor of Cinema and Interactive Media at the University of York).

This year’s theme is the UNCANNY, the perceptual phenomenon caused by experiences that are at once familiar and alien. Disquieting visions pervade an eclectic program in which glitches, shocks, and disturbing repetitions become a metaphor for societal chaos in the age of algorithms, surveillance capitalism, and artificial intelligence. These alternative narratives question the relationship between authenticity and performance, identity and self preservation in everyday (digital) life. Two longer documentary works examine the unexpected side (effects) of virtual gaming.

Curated by Matteo Bittanti and presented by Gemma Fantacci, the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL 2019 is organized by the Master of Arts in Game Design at IULM University. Admission is free upon registration. The screenings take place in Sala dei 146 located in the IULM Open Space.

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Two days before the Festival, on March 13, 2019, Jenna NG will deliver a keynote as part of the ongoing GAME TALKS series at IULM. Titled MACHINIMA AND THE ALLURE OF EPHEMERALITY: GAMEPLAY, LIVE STREAMS & DIGITAL CULTURE, the talk will address the explosion of interest in the live streaming of gameplay as witnessed in the popularity of Twitch, whose latest number of daily active users has reached 15 million, as well as other major platforms such as YouTube Gaming, Mixer, and Facebook Live. Specifically, the talk will link the current phenomenon of video game live streams with machinima and its origins in game demos and captured video game play, arguing not only for live streams to be the next logical evolution for machinima, but also for a critical theorisation of screen media that pursues a realist trajectory, one which potentially works its way from neorealist cinema to drone culture.

Sponsored by the City of Milan, Department of Digital Transformation and Public Services, the Milano Digital Week celebrates the driving forces that are reshaping work, leisure, and learning. By highlighting the interplay behind production and consumption made possible by digital technology, MDW connects citizens, companies, institutions, universities, and research centers.

LINK: MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL

GAME TALK #2: JENNA NG (MARCH 13 2019)

COLL.EO

GET READY FOR THE SECOND GAME TALK OF THE YEAR, ORGANIZED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL!

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JENNA NG

MACHINIMA AND THE ALLURE OF EPHEMERALITY: GAMEPLAY, LIVE STREAMS & DIGITAL CULTURE

March 13 2019, 18:00 - 19:00

Aula 135 (IULM 1)

Università IULM

Via Carlo Bo, 1

20143 Milano

Free and open to the public, Please RVSP

The presentation is in English

In collaboration with the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL

In this talk, Jenna Ng will address the explosion of interest in the live streaming of gameplay as witnessed in the popularity of Twitch, whose latest number of daily active users has reached 15 million, as well as other major platforms such as YouTube Gaming, Mixer, and Facebook Live. Specifically, the talk will link the current phenomenon of video game live streams with machinima and its origins in game demos and captured videogame play, arguing not only for live streams to be the next logical evolution for machinima, but also for a critical theorisation of screen media that pursues a realist trajectory, one which potentially works its way from neorealist cinema to drone culture.

Jenna Ng first trained as a finance lawyer in Singapore and London before switching to film studies, in which she obtained a PhD from University College London (UCL), and currently teaches film and interactive media at the University of York, UK. She is the editor of Understanding Machinima: Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds (Bloomsbury, 2013) and her current book project, Undoing the Screen: Space, Spectacle, Surface (Palgrave), explores the effacing of screen boundaries in relation to contemporary display technologies and the resulting erasure between images, objects, surfaces and spaces.

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JENNA NG

IL MACHINIMA E IL FASCINO DELL'EFFIMERO: GAMEPLAY, LIVE STREAMS E CULTURA DIGITALE

Nel suo talk, Jenna Ng discute il crescente interesse per il live streaming videoludico attestato dalla popolarità di Twitch, il cui numero di utenti attivi su base quotidiana ha superato i quindici milioni e a cui si aggiungono piattaforme come YouTube Gaming, Mixer e Facebook Live. Secondo Jenna, il fenomeno dei live stream dei videogiochi rappresenta un'evoluzione diretta del machinima e della cultura demo e dei replay. La studiosa propone inoltre un inquadramento teorico dei media a schermo che persegue l’imperativo estetico del realismo collegando il cinema neorealista alla machine vision dei droni. La presentazione è in lingua inglese.

Formatasi inizialmente come avvocato finanziario a Singapore e a Londra, per dedicarsi successivamente alla filmologia, Jenna Ng ha conseguito un dottorato di ricerca alla University College London (UCL). Oggi insegna cinema e media interattivi all'Università di York, nel Regno Unito. Ha curato l’antologia Understanding Machinima: Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds (Bloomsbury, 2013) e sta lavorando a Undoing the Screen: Space, Spectacle, Surface (Palgrave), che esplora il concetto di bordo in relazione alle nuove tecnologie di visualizzazione e la cesura tra immagini, oggetti, superfici e spazi.

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PHOTOS & VIDEO: MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL

COLL.EO

The first edition of the MILAN MACHINIMA FESTIVAL, organized by the Master of Arts in Game Design on March 16, 2018 has brought together some of the most innovative and cutting-edge machinima from all over the world. An official event of the Milan Digital Week 2018, the MMF will return next year at IULM University.