Playful Encounters with Animals

Designing playful engagements with animals to find, imagine, or emphasize non-speciesist practices

25% PhD Seminar: Imagining Non-Speciesism

After a bit more than 1,5 years of PhD-ing, next week it’s time for my 25% seminar. It will take place on May 2nd at Malm√∂ University (10.15-12.00). I will … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Penguins interacting with video games

Today I read on Polygon that the Aquarium of the Pacific in the U.S. started to use iPad games as a form of enrichment for their Magellanic penguins. In an … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dogscotch – Global Game Jam 2014

For the Global Game Jam 2014 we made a digitally augmented variant of hopscotch, called Dogscotch, that can be played together with a dog. In the activity of play, humans … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Animal Computer Interaction on National TV

Yesterday evening during the Dutch TV program De Wereld Leert Door (The World Keeps on Learning) game professor Marinka Copier from the HKU (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht) explained more … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Digitally mediated human-animal interaction with Sphero

I recently discovered a nice playful example of an artefact that could function as a digital mediator between human-animal interaction: Sphero. A durable robotic ball that you can control from … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Biotic Video Games

Ingmar Riedel-Kruse, a physicist at Stanford University, is doing research towards the development of ‘biotic’ games. According to this article on the Stanford News website¬†the research group developed a video … Continue reading

November 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Inter-Species Play

One of the main elements I established in my research so far is that many animals (including humans) play. I emphasized that this is always a free and voluntary activity … Continue reading

November 3, 2012 · Leave a comment