Oh… Canada: A Canadian Election Platformer

I have been spending a lot of my time panicking about the upcoming election. Living in the US, this has been without the support of numerous other Canadians in a similar panic. To cope I message my friends back home daily, and even bonded with an ex pat in a cafe when she overheard my Harper-directed rage. I’ve also spent a lot of time explaining Canadian politics to Americans who have kindly indulged me more than most people would.

Trying my best to be productive, I channelled this anxiety into making a game about the election. It is a platformer.

Enjoy the privilege of Harper, as you jump higher and farther to the right than anyone else. Take joy in Trudeau’s ability to switch directions on a dime, and his very pretty hair. Want a challenge? Scamper about as Elizabeth May, trying to garner as much attention as you can by live tweeting during the federal debates. Or, do nothing at all and watch the entire system drift slowly to the right.

Collect enough votes and see what your Canada looks like.

Play it here

Humorous Disruptions Colloquium: Laughter and Technologies of Disruption in Feminist Film and Media

Coming soon on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 18th, a colloquium called Humorous > Disruptions is taking place at Concordia University. The event is an in-depth exploration of the way humour is used within feminist media theories and practice, and it is open to the public – so if you’re in Montréal that weekend, do check this out.

The colloquium will explore the diverse possibilities humour offers as a technology, representational practice, and tool for renewing dialogues with feminisms in all their manifestations today.

In addition to the twelve artists and scholars who will be speaking during the colloquium (full schedule available here on their website), there will also be a public exhibition of works that bring together a diverse collection of videos, animated images, and online games, registering affective and humorous engagements with race, gender, cybernetics, and the body.

The exhibition will feature works by:

  • Copenhagen Game Collective (Ida Marie Toft, Andrea Hasselager, Sabine Harrer and Raimund Schumacher)
  • Erin Gee and Kai Cheng Thom
  • Kara Stone
  • Larose S. Larose
  • Peter Lu & Lea Schönfelder
  • Skawennati
  • Sophie Houser and Andrea Gonzales

The exhibition will take place on Friday 7:00pm – 9:00pm, October 16th 2015 in EV 6.735, SGW Campus, Concordia University, 1515 Ste Catherine Street, Montréal.

Concordia University’s downtown campus is accessible by metro (Guy-Concordia) and public bus (#24 Sherbrooke, #165 Côte-des-Neiges, #747 René-Lévesque).

Event Website & Schedule