Mary Flanagan is an innovator focused on how people use technology. As a scholar, Flanagan is interested in how people relate to technologies and systems. She has published over 20 critical essays on games, empathy, gender and digital representation, art and technology, and responsible design. Her widely-discussed book Critical Play was published by MIT Press in 2009. In it, she examines and analyzes alternative games and claims that games designed by activists and artists can help reform contemporary game culture and lead to new types of play. In 2003, Flanagan founded the Tiltfactor game research laboratory, where researchers study and make social games, urban games, and software. She is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College.
During the day of the symposium, Flanagan's latest video work Pile of Secrets will be shown in the STRP Cinema in the Light Café. Pile of Secrets is a series of videos that explores the essence of video games.
Video by Mary Flanagan, 2011.
Thanks to Sukdith Punjasthitkul, Matthew Cloyd, Mehta Punjasthitkul and Han Lee.