Nine Urban Biotopes

Negotiating the Future of Urban Living

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In 2014, four European artists - Armin Linke, Antje Schiffers, Marjetica Potrč and Anthony Schrag - worked in South Africa while at the same time five South Africans - Athi-Patra Ruga, Dan Halter, Taswald Pillay, Terry Kurgan and Rangoato Hlasane - worked in Europe.


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LABOURGAMES was a three-year artistic research project. It questioned the relationship between work and play and creates innovative perspectives on the current work system in Europe – by producing games on this topic.


The overall project consisted of five components: ARTISTIC SEARCH, GAME JAMS, GAME DEVELOPMENT, ANCHOR EVENTS during the testing phase of the games and the DOCUMENTATION of the project process in digital form and as a print version.


All European project partners (DE, IT, GR, NL) worked together with local or national networks of cultural institutions, research organizations, trade unions and job placement service providers.


As a result of the ARTISTIC RESEARCH, a comprehensive report was compiled in 2017, which summarized the research on game development and working environments in the Netherlands, Greece and Germany and served as the basis for the subsequent GAME JAMS at the various locations.


During the six GAME JAMS in the participating countries about 50 game ideas were developed around topics around the work. Five of them will flow into specific game products in 2018 during the GAME DEVELOPMENT phase and then be disseminated.


In order to reach the wider public and different target groups, LABOURGAMES cooperated with established event structures – so-called ANCHOR EVENTS – such as the GameRome Festival, the PLAY Festival in Hamburg or the IT- Engineering conference of the labour union IG Metall.


Thus, game-loving young people were addressed as well as classic union members. Because the working world of the future affects us all.


An UN-CONFERENCE in Berlin in December 2016 served as the point of departure, while a RELEASE CONFERENCE in Rome in March 2019 concluded the project.


LABOURGAMES was a project initiated and co-ordinated by the Berlin-based art association urban dialogues in close collaboration with


The European partner network within the framework of the Creative Europe Culture programme consisted of Open State Foundation (NL), H.A.B.I.T. Research Group, University of Athens (GR) and Alternative Europee (IT).

paper/mirror Game Presentation at Futurium Berlin
Game Jam Rome
Game Jam Rome and Final Presentation
Moments from paper/mirror Game Event in Cologne