Ludic Liberation Lab


Ludic Liberation Lab

[no title] 1975-6 by Constant (Constant A. Nieuwenhuys) 1920-2005
[no title] 1975-6 Constant (Constant A. Nieuwenhuys, 1920-2005 )

Can play be political? Can games change the world? Is the entire social system just a rigged game whose rules we’ve made up long ago but forgot to change for the evolving future? It is through play that we learn the world as children, and by playing with it as adults that we can learn to liberate ourselves from its pretend constraints. Play expands our notions of what’s possible and brings us closer to the source of creation, helping us—through playful obfuscation—to better see things as they really are. Play is not only human (birds and electrons play too!) but humans are especially creative at it, having designed countless genres of challenge-based, symbolic activity to be engaged in for their own sake. From the Situationists International’s playful psychogeography of dérive to Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed to Monopoly’s anti-capitalist origin in The Landlord’s Game, a growing movement of social change and activist game designers are harnessing the ancient ludic tradition to teach political strategy, experiment with forms of collective liberation, and build a new revolutionary imaginary. In this charged time of class struggle and climate catastrophe, we urgently need each other to play! 

Photo of Augusto Boal, Theater of the Oppressed: Jean-Gabriel Carasso, 1979

Incite Seminars invites you to join Ludic Liberation Lab—a group to explore personally transformative and political games, game-based pedagogy, and playful facilitation techniques. We gather together to play and learn from a variety of game experiences, role plays and participatory simulations, theater exercises, and immersive and personal games as tools for political education and social change. Meetings include collective play, exploration of game mechanics and facilitation strategies, and collaborative design activities. 

Place: Online during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Time: Second Thursday of every month, from 6:00-7:30pm. May meet on other additional days, if feeling extra playful.
Cost: Ludic Liberation Labs are free to join for Incite Seminars members and paid subscribers of the Lab Report. Tickets for drop-in participation range from $5-$45 depending on topic and facilitator.
Registration: Please fill out this form to join the group and receive updates of future events!


May 12, 2022 – Solarpunk Futures


April 14, 2022 – Arcology World

March 10, 2022 – The Transition Year

February 10, 2022 – Word Games

December 9, 2021 – becoming SURREALPUNK!

November 11, 2021 – Your Fortunate Way with Janet Howe

October 14, 2021 – Playing with MEMORY

September 9, 2021 – Playing with SYNCHRONICITY

August 12, 2021 – VERSIONS, a Creative Writing Game!

June 10, 2021 – Playing with TRANSLATION!

May 13, 2021 – Playing with ATTENTION!

May 5, 2021 – Playing with WASTE (again!) – Euro-friendly time

April 8, 2021 – Playing with WASTE

March 11, 2021 – BODY LANGUAGE w/ Thirdspace Somatics

February 11, 2021 – FAILING AT GENDER w/Indigo Esmonde

January 14, 2021 – Playing with Our Best-Laid Plans

December 10, 2020 –CONVERSATION GAMES w/ Aaron Finbloom

November 12, 2020 – Playing with RULES

October 8, 2020 – MIND GAMES w/ Sir Lyra Hill

September 10, 2020 – Getting Birdy w/KOSMOLOGYM

August 13, 2020 – Playing with DESIRE

July 9, 2020 – Philosophy Games w/IKANTKOAN

June 11, 2020 – Anti-Racism Slumber Party

May 14, 2020 – Becoming Sovereignly Useless (playing with KNOWING)

April 9, 2020 – Playing with Quarantine TIME

March 12, 2020 – Chance, Change & the Eternal Return

February 6, 2020 – Prefiguring the Post-Capitalist Playground. . .

Ludic Liberation Lab

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