“The Ludic Society’s Void Book Soirées” presented by Jahrmann

  • ©ISEA2016: 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Margarete Jahrmann, The Ludic Society’s Void Book Soirées
  • ©ISEA2016: 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Margarete Jahrmann, The Ludic Society’s Void Book Soirées
  • Image 1: Lecture Poster, graphic design Max Moswitzer, with permission of Ludic Society; Image 2: Neuroscientific concoction of human brain, presented at the DADA soirée at Cabarét Voltaire Zurich, photo imonym

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  • Participation, Urban Screen, Public Art

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  • The Ludic Society’s Void Book Soirées

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  • The Void book circulates idealiter in the Cabaret Voltaire Zürich as the historical site of the birth of DADA. The Ludic Society, who acts as “editor” of the book on the impossibility of emptiness and the conditions of void space als public play ground. The Ludic Society defined itself in its first manifesto, published in the European Game Studies magazine Eludamos (Real Player Manifesto, In: Eludamos. Journal for Computer Game Culture, Vol 1, No 1, 2007 (online available) as loose group of affiliates applied a variety of individual game mechanics in order to develop methods of public play, presentation and creation. The vacuum pump of experimental research on absence can be best activated there in the collective absinthe ecstasy, at any moment or at the occasion of the Void book presentation as present for the 100th anniversary of Dada in 2016. Such a public event marks the launch of a real-time space patrol, as the writer Stanislaw Lem (1971) would describe a toxicologically induced flight in the emptiness of the mental A VOID space, brain-drain controlled, experienced as VOID level in the brain of the player.

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