Can museums learn from games?

Over the past few weeks myself and several other Museologists have been working to put together a workshop/lecture/ exhibit around the themes of games, play, and advice in museums.

Ken Eklund, award winning game author and designer, will discuss what new collaborative and immersive online games can teach museums about fostering peer learning, imaginative play and transformed perception of self and others. The free program takes place Saturday afternoon, June 6th at the Henry Art Gallery Auditorium.  At 2:00 pm, Eklund will lecture about alternate reality games and the lessons they hold for museums that seek to become more relevant and participatory in a socially networked world, and follow his lecture with a workshop at 3:00 pm exploring how a game designer might approach exhibit design challenges of engagement and interaction.

Ken Eklund is the designer of the groundbreaking alternate reality game WORLD WITHOUT OIL.  This timely serious game challenged players to creatively and collaboratively solve a simulated global oil crisis. In a recent interview with Culture Hacker at the Workbook Project, Ken describes what he does as “creating life-changing and world-saving games.”

This student organized seminar is presented by University of Washington Museology Graduate Program with generous support from the Henry Art Gallery.  Admission is free and open to the public, all you have to do is register real quick here!

Following the program, participants are invited to an opening reception for Advice an experimental student exhibit at the University of Washington Student Union Building (HUB).

WHEN:  Saturday, June 6th, 2009, 2:00 pm (lecture); 3:00 pm (workshop)
WHERE: Henry Art Gallery 4100 15th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98195
COST: Free, register at
CONTACT:  Kylie Pine,

The even is now officially on the Henry art Gallery’s Calender and you cn put it on your by clicking the ADD button on the side bar, just don’t forget to register!


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