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Lunchtime Talk

Fri 12 Nov 2021 13:00-14:00 at Pervasive Media Studio Event Space


Better Sex Through Gaming

In this lunchtime talk Oma Keeling will discuss the current situation of digital sexual policing, and how sexual culture in video games and games production reinforces and resists this, both historically and today.

Image of a leg in a video game against a night sky

Images by: Oma Keeling and Container Magazine.

Speaker

Oma Keeling

Oma Keeling is an artist, game developer and writer researching art histories in videogame culture. They were resident artist for issue 3 of Container Magazine in 2021, creating the film 'Who Plays Unspeakable Games?'

We are delighted to announce the return of in person Lunchtime Talks! Our talks will now be both in the building and streamed live, so you can join us from the comfort of the Studio or the comfort of your own screen, in your own space. 

Capacity will be limited and we are asking people to book in for the talks, if you can. Please feel free to turn up on the day, although we can't guarantee there will be a space.

*Please note - due to unforeseen circumstances this weeks talk is pre-recorded, so there will be no Q and A session afterwards and this event will finish a little earlier than usual.

Book your free ticket here.

This Lunchtime Talk by Oma Keeling will explore the current situation of digital sexual policing, and how sexual culture in video games and games production reinforces and resists this, both historically and today.

Image of two people in a video game in an embrace

Presenting an examination based on recent research for their Container Magazine film 'Who Plays Unspeakable Games?', Oma Keeling will explore how cultural and legal structures have led to the harmful misregulation of online sexual media and sex work, and reinforce dominant legacies in video game culture and development. Relating this to how radical ideas of queer sex and sexuality in computer art and video game history have responded to these dominant structures, they will present examples of games made by indie creators today which carry on a legacy of resistance in increasingly closed off digital spheres.

Image of two people in an embrace next to a car in a video game

Oma Keeling is an artist, game developer and writer researching art histories in videogame culture. They were resident artist for issue 3 of Container Magazine in 2021, creating the film 'Who Plays Unspeakable Games?', and are interested in the politics of sexuality in art, and the future of games and play.  

Image of a police car in a video game

Join us, on Friday 12th November, 13:00 - 14:00 for the talk. Come to the Studio, or join us on YouTube Live here.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.

Address:
Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

Directions:
The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.


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If you are interested in previous events at the Studio, take a look at our events archive.