WHAT: USC Architecture Engaged: Ian Bogost Lecture
Ian Bogost is Barbara and David Thomas’s Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and Director of Film & Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Bogost is also Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including Persuasive Games. The Expressive Power of Videogames, and Racing the Beam. The Atari Video Computer System, Alien Phenomenology, or What it’s Like to Be a Thing, and Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games.
Bogost’s video games about social and political issues cover topics as varied as airport security, consumer debt, disaffected workers, the petroleum industry, suburban errands, pandemic flu, and tort reform. His games have been played by millions of people and exhibited or held in collections internationally, at venues including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Telfair Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, the Laboral Centro de Arte, and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
His independent games include Cow Clicker, a Facebook game send-up of Facebook games that was the subject of a Wired magazine feature, and A Slow Year, a collection of videogame poems for Atari VCS, Windows, and Mac, which won the Vanguard and Virtuoso awards at the 2010 IndieCade Festival.
Bogost holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. And a Master’s and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA.
DATE: Monday, January 30, 2023
TIME: 6 p.m. PT
WHERE: University of Southern California
GIN D. WONG, FAIA CONFERENCE CENTER (HARRIS HALL 101)
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