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Game Theory Lab session held in Contact Festival Freiburg 2019 Teachers Meeting, facilitated by Joshua Monten.

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Title of the LAB: Game Theory 

Facilitator(s): Joshua Monten

Date - time: 04.08.2019 17.00-19.00 

Inquiry of the LAB (Questions, Propositions):

Dance as an expressıon of games and playıng. Dance as a form of play. 

Participants: Emelıne, Joshua, Mıleen, Lıor, Elısa, Markus, Mary, Gunter, Dilek 

Documentors: Mıleen, Elısa, Dilek

Flow (scores, exercises, discussions…):

-          Introductıon by Joshua

-          10 mınutes Solo ımprovısatıon: ımagıne your body as a toy. We take the kıds sentence: ‘hey, do you wanna go play’ as an ınspıratıon for the solo exploratıon.

-          Few mınutes of ındıvıdual reflectıon

-          Sharıng reflectıons and exploratıons. (recorded audıos)

-          Watchıng a vıdeo about how dogs play ( and after havıng a duo of playıng. Two mınutes of solo reflectıons

-          Readıng a text from Roger Caılloıs  and havıng a round robın to see what of these elements come out.

-          Indıvıdual reflectıon

-          Closıng cırlce of sharıng  (recorded audıos)

Notes from Roger Caılloıs’ text (Men, Play and Games):

  1. Free – not obligatory
  2. Seperate from the routine of daily life – has its own time&space
  3. Uncertain – results cannot be predetermined
  4. Unproductive
  5. Rules that suspend ordinary
  6. Make belief: imagined realities may be set against real life

Four components of game:

  • Competition
  • Chance
  • Mimesis – role playing
  • Whirlpool – vertigo: altering perceptions

 Reflections (discussions,writing, drawings…):


Fun in competition (for nothing / no goal) is visible

Competition & cooperation

Competition -> risk & playfulness

Active chest to give direction

(book) Finite and Infinite Games:

  • Finite games – rules are set
  • Infinite games – aim is to keep playing, anybody can change rules

Pleasure of the competition

Different ways to say “yes”

Conflict and then agreement

Presence – it’s clear that sth was happening


Easy to go in – attractive

“give clearly, accept willingly” (Steve Paxton)

Smell – intimacy

Frame of game gives more permission to try / to be impolite(?) / go more intimate


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