Wednesday 13 June / 6.30pm / FREE, booking required
Join Lesley Taker, co-curator of States of Play: Roleplay Reality, for an in-depth tour of the exhibition to find out more about the research and theory behind the show, and take a closer look at the radical redesign of FACT’s gallery spaces. The tour will be followed by a film chosen by Lesley, responding to the themes of the show.
When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey in the form of an unusually beautiful and poetic video game. Thank You For Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years through the creation of That Dragon, Cancer as it evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as "unimaginably intimate" by The New Yorker and "profoundly moving" by Indiewire, Thank You For Playing is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability of art and technology to document profound experiences in the modern age.
Lesley Taker is an arts producer, curator and writer. She is interested in the ways in which technology is changing contemporary art practice and discourse and in works which deal with fluid identities, shifting truths, or unstable narratives. Lesley is Producer / Curator at FACT where she has developed new work and presentations with artists such as Cécile B. Evans; LaBeouf, Ronkko & Turner; Morehshin Allahyari and Ryoichi Kurokawa. Her writing has appeared in several major publications, as well as local and national arts press.