Tired of touchscreens? Ditch the keyboard and join us for something far more playful.

What are the wacky ways of engaging, those curious controllers and quirky inputs that just make things more…fun? This edition features the creative pioneers turning our physical world into a playground.

From the explosion of escape rooms and indie arcade games to embedding play in urban infrastructure, videogames are spilling out into the real world. We’re celebrating the brilliant teams working beyond screens in pursuit of simple, accessible experiences that reward experimentation and revel in their own tactility.

Join Daniel Hirschmann – founder of Tech Will Save Us – and Tim Burrell-Saward – innovation lead on break-out hit Beasts of Balance – on a candid journey through a collection of world-class installations and responsive objects.

Play the bonkers and beautiful Line Wobbler, Robin Baumgarten’s world-famous one-dimensional dungeon crawler, and Bot Party, a sound-based game about intimacy developed by cultural engineer Phoenix Perry.

The Artful Spark philosophy of getting hands-on has never been more appropriate; this event is all about the joy of big buttons, bright lights and bold sound. We’ll be asking:

  • What content is best served by tangible and playful interfaces?
  • What audience experience can they be expected to deliver?
  • Where is this work being programmed?
  • What are the key tools for getting started?
  • What’s next in this space?

Artful Spark is an event series for a growing creative community exploring cross-discipline collaboration. Previous sell-out events have focussed on wearables, immersive sound, sensors and mixed reality.



Suitable for ages 18+