Schedule & Activities

Preliminary Schedule

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome & Introduction
9:30 – 10:15 Larp warm-up Session
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:15 Sensitizing Micro-larp Session
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 13:45 Introduction to Afternoon Activities and Warm-up
13:45 – 15:30 Test-bed Micro-Larp Session
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Final Reflections, Discussion and Future Plans
Evening Optional Dinner

Workshop Activities

This will be a one-day, six hour workshop that will be divided into four main parts: 1) Introduction; 2) a sensitizing micro-larp session; 2) a testbed micro-larp session; and 4) a concluding final discussion and future plans phase.

The Welcome & Introduction (30 min) will include a very brief welcome to the participants; introducing the goals of the workshop; a brief explanation of what a micro-larp is and how we will use them in the workshop as design activities (in particular as sensitizing ones, and to test design concepts and prototypes); and the schedule for the day. The participants will have a minute each to state their names, affiliation, and interest in this workshop with a sentence.

The Larp Warm-up Session (45 min) will pave the way for the following parts of the workshop. The activities planned for this section will first, allow participants to feel more comfortable moving and acting in the presence of others; and second, get a feel for what larps are and how to larp. With a mixture of short information slots combined with simple practical exercises in the tradition of learning by doing, the participants will get into a larp mindset both intellectually and somatically. This will lay a solid foundation for the rest of the workshop, creating a common vocabulary, and basic knowledge about, and set of tools to larp.

In the Sensitizing Micro-larp Session (90 min), participants will be split into groups (3-4 participants per group) and they will be provided with a sensitizing micro-larp scenario. Each participant will individually familiarize themselves with their character and the scenario. With the help of the organizers, participants will play their scenario within their group (50 min). At the end of the session, each group discusses their experience with the sensitizing micro-larp scenario .

After lunch, we will have a brief Introduction to Afternoon Activities and Warm-up Session (30 min) where we will know more about the following activities, and get back into a larping mood through embodied exercises.

During the Test-bed Micro-larp Session (105 min) participants will experience and engage with one or two micro-larps written beforehand by the organizers. The aim here is exploring and furthering design prototypes and concepts. These prototypes will be brought by either participants or the organizers. Participants who would like to bring their prototypes or design concepts for this test-bed should specify so in their workshop submission paper.

Last, in the Final Reflections, Discussion, and Future Plans (60 min) we will collectively reflect on our experience during this workshop, and discuss the potential of larps as embodied design methods. We will conclude crafting plans and next steps to further investigate this topic.