MPavilion (24 01 24)

Reworlding: Play The World We Want

Free! Bookings Required

Queen Victoria Gardens
Opposite National Gallery of Victoria View map

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Queen Victoria Gardens
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Join an experiment in shared world creation through an immersive role-playing game set on the streets of Naarm/Melbourne in 2050. Reworlding: Play The World We Want is a speculative and relational form of world-building focused on evolution over revolution, and nurturing and developing existing patterns in culture, the environment, and society.

The design of this original game is informed by research by urbanists, designers, artists, First Peoples, policymakers and gamemakers on design and cities. What kind of world would you build together? If this world were to collapse, what world would you build instead?

Play to find out! Assemble your collective, explore and remap the local neighbourhood, then play out the result through tabletop roleplay. Workshops will be facilitated by the RMIT Future Play Lab, a research lab developing playful and playable cities, led by play designer Dr Troy Innocent in collaboration with a diverse group of experimental game designers including Lee Cope, Kel Glaister, Uyen Nguyen, Ben Kolaitis, Frazer Shepardson, David Harris, and Aramiha Harwood.


Dr Troy Innocent connects people and place through urban play. Working with the city as a material, his work traverses the analog and digital spaces we live in. He calls his approach to speculative design ‘reworlding’ as it reimagines the creative, linguistic, cultural, social diversity of our world. Innocent is creator of 64 Ways of Being, an innovative augmented reality platform for listening, playing and exploring cities through new eyes, and leads a three-year study on post-pandemic impacts of creative placemaking.

Kel Glaister is currently undertaking a PhD in Design at RMIT, with a focus on parkour vision and playable urban spaces. Kel has is a parkour coach and community organiser, and has been involved in advocacy and governance of parkour, on national and international levels. She is a founding director of Melbourne in Motion, a parkour and movement-coaching organisation with a focus on access, diversity and justice. Kel is a founding member of Queer Parkour, an international advocacy hub for LGBTQIA+ parkour practitioners. Kel has a Masters of Fine Arts from the Glasgow School of Art, and has exhibited as an artist and a curator internationally.

Dr Aramiha Harwood is a Māori Ngāpuhi writer, researcher and gamer who grew up in Country Victoria. He publishes Tabletop games (through Mana Press) with a focus on indigenous concepts of mana and narrative storytelling. His research has involved a diverse range of topics: identity theory and agency, cultural precincts, international education and student wellbeing, Māori diaspora, and the role of Place and Gaming in Indigenous knowledge/s. He is a Research Fellow at RMIT School of Design and Social Context, working on the Play About Place Linkage project.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the people of the Eastern Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which MPavilion stands. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present – and recognise they have been creating, telling stories and caring for Country for thousands of generations.

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