This summer, the Children’s Media Conference invited a selection of the world’s most innovative artists, developers and companies specialising in creative and interactive play to exhibit their projects at Site Gallery, Sheffield.
Playground is a two week-long exhibition of everything that’s new in play-along digital for children and families, established in 2016.
This year’s theme was Game/Changers. Children and families came from far and wide to make some noise while exploring new pieces of art, apps and games.
Interact with an abstract audio-visual scene, featuring geometry inspired by modernist architecture.
A game of strategy and balance in which you build a tower of animals on your table-top, and then help them evolve in a connected digital world.
Arthur Masson with La Sophiste and 3 Hits Combo
Instead of using buttons on a controller, the player controls old portable video games by moving in the game area drawn on the floor.
Presented by The National Videogame Museum with a custom PlayStation 2 guitar controller made by Lex Roberts
Discover incredible digital landscapes that change to your command in an immersive musical adventure through space and time.
36 different versions of the classic arcade game Pong, each one imagining the original game in a slightly different way
QWOP is a simple game about running extremely fast down a 100 metre track
A take on the classic game steered using your feet, Only the fastest players will get their snake well-fed and growing!
Society of Explorers and Peter Martin
A video play-along board game. Can you work together to save your spaceship from being pulled into the orbit of a mysterious planet?
Playing the Archive: Memory, Community and Mixed Reality Play
Dial the Time Telephone Box to reach a portal to games and rhymes of the past.
Saturday 29 June 11am-4pm
Join the adventure and help to create an experimental one-day playground on The Square opposite Site Gallery.
Tuesday 25 - Sunday 30 June, Friday 5 and Sunday 7 July
The Playground Maker Table is open for you to take part in hands-on digital and creative making.
The University of Sheffield, School of Education
Tuesday 2 July 11am-6pm
Wednesday 3 July 11am-6pm
Thursday 4 July 11am-8pm
Saturday 6 July 11am-6pm
11:00 - 12:00, 29 June & 6 July
If you have sensory requirements, or find sound overwhelming, please join us for The Quiet Hour.
Open 21 June–14 July
Fridays 2-7pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11am-4pm
Never-Land-Sheffield is a fictional nowhere, imagined for this project. Its ambition is to ask young people what Europe will be like in 200 years.
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