Constant beyond Gamification: Deep Play in Political Activism

  • Margarete Jahrmann
Part of the Gaming Media and Social Effects book series (GMSE)


Playful practices in historic and contemporary forms of political “activism” had a traceable impact in the formation of political consciousness and identity in everyday life. The following analysis reflects the social implications of such political ideas about play as principle and follows trajectories of political agency through a close look at the author’s work as game artist in her project Ludic Society and the play with identity (mimicry), performance, and creative practice in social and arts avant-garde experiments. It compares the ethnographic concept of Deep Play (Geertz, The interpretation of cultures, theory of culture 1973) with current concepts of activist role play, social intervention, and public protest against certain conditions of work, society, and urbanity. The chapter finds its creative and intellectual leitmotif in “ludic” activist arts connected to contemporary forms of game arts and political role play. Its claim for the efficacy of such ludic practices is informed by the theoretical concept of Deep Play .


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Game DesignZürcher Hochschule der KünsteZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Digitale KunstUniversität für angewandte Kunst WienViennaAustria

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