Nordic Larp Talks Oslo 2017

Nordic Larp Talks is a series of short, entertaining, thought-provoking and mind-boggling lectures about projects and ideas from the tradition of Nordic Larp.

The Nordic Larp Talks was hosted in Oslo at Deichmanske Public Library, Wednesday February 22nd. The Knutebook 2017s Book Launch Party was also a part of the program this evening.

Videos will be posted here in a few weeks.

Speakers
 
Editors of The Knutepunkt 2017 Book
Hanne Grasmo – Larp and I – till death do us apart
Shoshana Kessock – Disability Access, LARP, And You
Eirik Fatland – “In praise of hypocrisy”
Maury Brown – Harassment, missing stairs and community safety
Karin Edman – Witches of Ästad farm
Simon Svensson – City in a Box – Creating a Dystopian Sci-Fi City in a blackbox
Dmitry Ivanov – Infiltrating Reality: ‘Agents of the Future’ project
Siri Sandquist – The Currency of “Pepp”
 
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The event was hosted by writer and radio & television host Johanna Koljonen.

Nordic Larp Talks Oslo 2017 was produced by Petter Karlsson from LajvVerkstaden in connection with Knutepunkt 2017 and A Week in Norway with support from Deichmanske Public Library.

Big thanks to the local Knutepunkt team helping out making this happen and special thanks to photographers Dmitry Samus and Kristof Trakal.

Nordic Larp Talks Helsinki 2016

Nordic Larp Talks is a series of short, entertaining, thought-provoking and mind-boggling lectures about projects and ideas from the tradition of Nordic Larp.

This year Nordic Larp Talks will be hosted in Helsinki, Tuesday March 8th at 19:00 and you are of course more than welcome to join us!

The event will be held at (Updated!) Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architechture (often called “Taik”, Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki, on the 8th floor which is located about 20 min away from the central station by bus. The evening will be hosted by writer and radio & television host Johanna Koljonen.

Free admission. Doors opens at 18:30.

PROGRAM
19.00 – 21.00 Tuesday March 8th at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture , Hämeentie 135 C, 8th Floor. The programme will start at 19.00 sharp.

SPEAKERS
The KP Book Presentation – Mika Loponen, Kaisa Kangas & Jukka Särkijärvi
Mike Pohjola
Mirka Oinonen
Tina Leipoldt and Larson Kasper
Martin Nielsen
Masha Karachun and Zhenja Karachun
Maury Brown
Martin Ericsson

Nordic Larp Talks Helsinki 2016 is produced by Inside Job Agency in connection with Solmukohta 2016 and A Week in Finland.

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Nordic Larp Talks 2016

Nordic Larp Talks Copenhagen 2015

Larps as adaptions of films and books, larps as tool to teach and communicate. And stories about larp from far away from the Nordic countries. Here are all the talks from Nordic Larp Talks Copenhagen 2015.

Watch the talks
Larp as Adaptation – Evan Torner
Wizardry 101 – Agata ‘Świstak’ Lubańska
Practical Applications of Lovecraftian Horror – Olle Nyman
Experimental Anthropology – Kaisa Kangas
Larp and… – Eleanor Saitta
Making Mandatory Larps for non-players – Miriam Lundqvist
Framing Art with Larp – Ebba Petren
Promoting Larp in New Places – Riad Walid Mustafa
Theory of Axes – Maria Raczynska
Communication: Remember the larper – Massi Hannula
Girls in armour – a Danish Feminist Movement – Ann Kristine Eriksen
Bonus: The Knudepunkt 2015 Books – Claus Raasted

Here you can watch all the presentations as a playlist.

The event was hosted by writer and radio & television host Johanna Koljonen.

Nordic Larp Talks Copenhagen 2015 was produced by Babylon and Petter Karlsson from LajvVerkstaden in connection with Knudepunkt 2015 and A Week in Copenhagen with support from DUF (Dansk Ungdoms Fællesråd) and Københavns Hovedbibliotek.

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Nordic Larp Talks 2015

Nordic Larp Talks Gothenburg 2014

Larp in refugee camps, the worlds first robot larp, political Suffragette larps and many other takes on larp design and much more was covered in Nordic Larp Talks Gothenburg 2014.

Watch the talks

Freeform and larp – Terminology and Strategies – Anna Westerling

Identity Crafting: Keeping the Black Dog at bay – Nathan Hook

Bringing larp to a refugee camp …without really knowing how – Martin Nielsen

Ethical Content Management and the Freedom to Create – Shoshana Kessock

Playing as human or robot – Carl Heath

Political larping – Strategies to make a larp accessible to non-larpers – Siri Sandquist

Sketching larp – Bjarke Pedersen

Halat hisar – State of Siege – Kaisa Kangas

Does larp design matter? – Eirik Fatland

Bonus: The Knutpunkt 2014 Books – Eleanor Saitta

Here you can watch all the presentations as a playlist.

The evening was hosted by writer and radio & television host Johanna Koljonenand produced by Petter Karlsson at Visual Arena Lindholmen.

Nordic Larp Talks is Gothenburg 2014 was organized in connection with Knutepunkt 2014 and A Week in Gothenburg with support from Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and Visual Arena.

Nordic Larp Talks Oslo 2013

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Not in Oslo? Follow it live here at 20:00. Join us in the chat or at #nordiclarp on twitter.

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Welcome to Nordic Larp Talks Oslo 2013 – an evening of entertaining, thought-provoking and mind-boggling lectures about projects and ideas from the Nordic tradition of live action roleplaying games.

The evening is hosted by writer and radio & television host Johanna Koljonen.

Free admission.

20.00 – 21.30 Wednesday April 17 at Litteraturhuset Wergelandsveien 29.
The programme will start at 20.00 sharp.

Facebook event: Nordic Larp Talks Oslo 2013

For questions contact: Trine Lise Lindahl trine.l.lindahl@gmail.com +47 920 65 145

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PROGRAM

Release of Four Anthologies that together forms the Knutepunkt 2013 book project


Another Knutepunkt, another of book! This year, they come as a compilation of four, each book (hopefully) giving a glimpse of what is working its way around in the now oh-so-wide larp community. Larps, people, theories and ideas are crossing international borders, and we want to know what it’s like! In what ways is it encouraging us to explore our own, personal preconceptions and habits? What does it all look like? The two editors will be interviewed by Johanna Koljonen, explaining what kind of book they set out to do – and showing what it has become. You can download the books as pdfs.

 

Karete Jacobsen Meland is a larper, organizer and now editor, from Oslo. Currently living in Trondheim, she is supposed to be studying towards becoming a clinical psychologist, while being a part of “the gaffa” (organizer crew) at the Larp Factory in Trondheim, an actress at the students’ theatre and writing a play for the student festival UKA-13. 

Katrine Øverlie Svela is the other editor and the graphic designer of this year’s book. She comes from Oslo, but studies industrial design in Trondheim, where she also is one of the organizers at the Larp Factory. Currently Katti writes a children’s play for the student festival UKA-13, organizes seks:førti about design and architecture, and dreams of a larpful summer.

What does ‘Nordic Larp’ mean? – 
Jaakko Stenros
What is a “Nordic Larp”? What does that expression mean? A few years ago these questions were academic or trivil. That was before the term acquired recognition and brand value. Now there is something at stake. In this talk one of the editors of the Nordic Larp book explains what he thinks the term means, where it came from, who gets to define it, and what is so damn special about it anyway.

Jakko Stenros (M.Soc.Sc.) is a game researcher at the Game Research Lab at the University of Tampere, Finland. Currently he is working on a dissertation on the limits of games. Together with Markus Montola, Jaakkohas edited three books on larp, Playground Worlds (2008), Beyond Role and Play (2004) Nordic Larp (2010). They are also authors of Pervasive Games: Theory and Design (2009).

Welcome to Larp. Let’s Play
Jana Pouchlá
Larp is cool and fun. And it is a great experience to try it out. Or it should be a great experience if your organizers are prepared to deal with newcomers. In this talk Jana Pouchlá describes some basic arrangements that make new larpers feel safe and enjoy the game. She also argues why newbies sometimes are better larpers than super experienced players.

Jana Pouchlá is a professional lecturer of larp and soft skills. Her favourite challenge is to connect these two worlds as larp is a great way to guide adults towards participation and active learning.  Pouchla has an education from theatre university and currently works in the larp company Court of Moravia.

Three Ways to Make Games More Inclusive – 
Lars Nerback
How do you, as a game designer, work to get a diverse group of participants to feel welcome and included? Lars Nerback talks from his experience in working with educational larps in schools, and gives three examples for making inclusive games.

Lars Nerback is one of the owners of LajvVerkstaden (”The Larp Workshop” directly translated), a Swedish company that designs and runs educational larps for children, teenagers and adults. Apart from his work as game designer and project manager, Lars is deeply involved in issues of social justice and equality.

The Mixing Desk of Larp – Martin Eckhoff Andresen
How do you teach the complexity of larp design to beginners? This was the question that triggered The Mixing Desk of Larp – a framework for thinking about larp design. Like the sound or light technician adjusting faders to achieve the desired effect, the larp designer adjusts the faders of the Mixing Desk of Larp to change his or her game. This talk explores how this can make larp design easier to teach as a game design discipline. It also helps designers become more aware of the default positions of their larp design.

Martin Eckhoff Andresen is a larper, organizer and game designer from Oslo, Norway. He has been involved with Fantasiforbundet’s “Larpocracy” projects in Belarus, that explore the role of games as a tool for informal education. He has edited Playing the Learning Game – A practical introduction to educational roleplaying (2012). At daytime, he’s finishing a master thesis in economics.

No Training can Replace Experience, or Can it? – 
Stefan Deutsch
Larp is great in building strange realities, far-away worlds and fantasies unheard of. But can it also be used to recreate authentic situations from real life to enable development workers to not only know about intercultural competence, but maybe even develop it before really coming in touch with a foreign culture?

Stefan Deutsch plays and facilitates larps for nearly 20 years, co-wrote one of Germany’s most controversial larp rules system and was one of the organizers of the MittelPunkt larp conference in Germany. He lives in Germany and Tanzania and works as a consultant for a software company and larp.

Bleed: How Emotions Affect Role-Playing Experiences
Sarah Lynne Bowman 
What happens when roleplayer’s in-game feelings spill into their real lives? How are role player communities affected by what happens in a larp? This talk will explain the phenomenon of bleed in role-playing games and advocate for greater awareness of the phenomenon and increased discussion surrounding the emotional content of role-playing games.

Sarah Lynne Bowman (Ph.D.) teaches as adjunct faculty in English and Communication for several institutions including The University of Texas at Dallas. McFarland Press published her dissertation in 2010 as The Functions of Role-playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems, and Explore Identity. Together with Aaron Vanek, Bowman co-edited The Wyrd Con Companion 2012, a collection of essays on larp and related phenomena. Her current research interests include examining social conflict and bleed within role-playing communities, applying Jungian theory to role-playing studies, studying the benefits of edu-larp, and comparing the enactment of role-playing characters with other creative phenomena such as drag performance.

How Can we Know what Actually Happened in a Larp
 – Annika Waern
The stories people tell about larps they have attended, lie very far from what they actually experienced in the game. Also, everyone tells a different story, and this is particularly true for players and organizers. Is there a way to understand what actually happened in a larp, and can we tell a single more coherent story about how a larp played out? This talk is about techniques to study larp.

Annika Waern (Ph.D) is a professor and game researcher at the department of Informatics and Media at Uppsala University, Sweden. She has a long-standing experience of studying games that play out in the physical world, including but not limited to larp. Together with Markus Montola, and Jaakko Stenros she is author of Pervasive Games: Theory and Design (2009).

Watch this space for updated information about the speakers.

Nordic Larp Talks is Oslo 2013 is organized in connection with Knutepunkt 2013 and A Week in Norway.

NLT 2012 in Helsinki

All presentations from Nordic Larps Talks Helsinki 2012 are now available on the site.

Watch the presentations

How to become a god – Mike Pohjola

From preforming arts to larp – Johanna MacDonald

Larpification – Claus Raasted 

The interplay between player and man in the street – JP Kaljonen

Getting A Haircut And A Real Job – Interview with Mikko Rautalahti (Remedy) & Andie Nordgren (CCP Games)

Experimental Larp Design – Jesper Bruun

Playing in Graveyards: Terror collides with larp – Lizzie Stark

Bonus: States of Play – Solmukohta 2012 book presentation – Juhana Petterson

Photo: Jakob la Cour www.jakoblacour.dk

Nordic Larp Talks Helsinki 2012

From the esthethic view of being a god in the immigrant camps of Finland to being on top of the digital game era and doing the tango with vampires in the Winter Garden. 
We are larp.

Nordic Larp Talks Helsinki 2012 – was an evening of entertaining, thought-provoking and mind-boggling lectures about projects and ideas from the Nordic tradition of live action roleplaying games. 

SPEAKERS

Mike Pohjola – How to become a god

Johanna Macdonald – From preforming arts to larp

Claus Raasted – Larpification 

JP Kaljonen – The interplay between player and man in the street

Panel with Mikko Rautalahti & Andie Nordgren – Getting A Haircut And A Real Job

Jesper Bruun – Experimental Larp Design

Lizzie Stark – Playing in Graveyards: Terror collides with larp

The talks where presented by writer, radio & television host as well as winner of the innovator category of this years The Swedish Grand Journalism Prize award, Johanna Koljonen.

It was live streamed on nordiclarptalks.org and all talks are now available to watch with the player above. During the next days they will be published as separate clips.

NLT 2012 Helsinki was part of the A Week in Helsinki-program prior to the roleplaying conference Solmukohta

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Photo by Tuomas Puikkonen (CC BY 2.0)


Prior to the talks we livestreamed the presentation of this years Solmukohta book, States of Play by the editor Juhana Petterson. You can download the book as pdf at the site nordicrpg.fi.

Nordic Larp Talks Helsinki 2012 took place on April 11th at the PRKL club in central Helsinki, Kaisaniemenkatu 4. Hosted by Johanna Koljonen and produced and livestreamed by Petter Karlsson & Björn Falkevik from Falkevik & Danehav. Big thanks to the whole A Week in Helsinki crew for making this happen.

Thank you for Nordic Larp Talks Copenhagen 2011

Last night a packed room at Huset in Copenhagen and vibrant a crowd on the live-stream watched  Nordic Larp Talks 2011.

Photo: Larson Kasper

We would like to give a final big hand of applause to our fantastic speakers. Your speeches were awesome and we salute you.

Also we are so grateful for the production team from Knudepunkt 2011; Nynne Søs Rasmussen, Anders Berner, Jens Niros, Juliane Mikkelsen, Kristoffer Thurøe, the people at Huset i Magstræde, SocialVideo Production for the live-streaming and all others who made this event possible! 

You can watch the stream in full in the player below for now, but in the following weeks will will post the individual speaks here at the Nordic Larp Talks site complete with links and references.

On Games: Painting Life With Rules (starts at 02:15)
Johanna Koljonen

Playing With Personal Development(starts at 12:00)
Bjarke Pedersen

Fabricating Madness(starts at 22:00)
Peter Schønnemann Andreasen

Role-Playing as a Teaching Method(starts at 34:55)
Sanne Harder

Horror and Tragedy in Nordic Role-Playing (starts at 45:55)
Markus Montola

Not Another Story About Boy Meets Girl(starts at 54:15)
Tor Ketil Edland

Can Playing Games Teach Us About War?(starts at 1:05:25)
Eirik Fatland

Documenting the Nordic Larp Scene(starts at 1:20:42)
Panel: Johanna Koljonen & Jaakko Stenros

Nordic Larp Talks Copenhagen, 16 Feb 19.00 at Huset

Welcome to Nordic Larp Talks Copenhagen 2011 – an evening of entertaining, thought-provoking and mind-boggling lectures about projects and ideas from the Nordic tradition of live action roleplaying games.

The evening is hosted by writer and radio & television host Johanna Koljonen.

Free admission.

19.00-20.30 at Huset i Magstræde, Rådhusstræde 13, Copenhagen
The bar is open after the event. 

The event will be streamed live as it happens, on this page:
http://nordiclarp.knudepunkt.org/

Facebook event: Nordic Larp Talks Copenhagen 2011

Press contact: Kristoffer Thurøe k@doodlers.dk +45 2980 8128

Program

Nordic Larp culture
Johanna Koljonen

Fabricating madness
Peter Schønnemann Andreasen

Learning through playing
Sanne Harder Flamant

Playing with personal development
Bjarke Pedersen

Why some games use our real life fears and emotions to create stories
Markus Montola

Not another story of boy meets girl
Tor Kjetil Edland

Can playing games teach us about war?
Eirik Fatland

Documenting the Nordic Larp Scene – the making of the Nordic Larp Book
Panel: Jaakko Stenros & Johanna Koljonen

Watch this space for updated information about the speakers.

Nordic Larp Talks 2011 is organized in cooperation with Rollespilsfabrikken and Bifrost, and supported by DUF and Københavns Kommune. It is a part of the programme the week before larp conference Knudepunkt.

About Nordic Larp Talks:

The first Nordic Larp Talks event took place in Stockholm in 2010, in connection with Nordic larp conference Knutpunkt. All the talks can be seen on this website:

Introduction to Nordic Larp

Transmitting a political vision through larp

The Quest for the Perfect Manifestation of a Dream

Portraying Love and Trying New Genders

Larp as Borderland Festivals

High Resolution Larping

Critical Strategies of Larp