Over the course of three years, I had the privilege of being one of fifteen Creative Producers from all over the world. During this process, we received funding, support, and professional development intended to encourage a new kind of conversation between creative communities, citizens and city authorities, with the intention of promoting change in our cities. We also worked in close collaboration with Playable City, including their conferences in Bristol and Tokyo. You can learn more about the project at the Creative Producers International website.
As part of my fellowship research, I investigated site-specificity, especially how playful technologies can shape and change our relationships to place (for better and for worse). Thanks to a travel grant from the program, I was able to conduct field research and site visits with Manchester International Festival, Near Now (Nottingham), The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-Upon-Avon), and Somerset House (London).
While the Creative Producers International program drew to a close in December 2019, I look forward to continuing my research with my cohort through different formal and official collaborations, including a SXSW 2020 panel titled “City Change Through Play.”