CounterPlay ’17 will take place at Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark, on March 30th – April 1st, 2017.
Submit a proposal for CounterPlay '17
For CounterPlay ’17, we invite you to submit proposals that explore the power of play across different areas in society, from practice as well as research, from private companies to open public arenas and cultural institutions, from kindergarten to universities, from places of work to places of leisure. In essence, everywhere people work, learn and live are possible spaces for play, and we want to investigate what it means and how it might unfold.
CounterPlay is one of the few public events that brings together people from widely divergent disciplines, and yet are united by their devotion to making the world a little more playful. Bringing them together like this, to play and talk and share each other’s vision, creates an unforgettably playful, creative and productive environment and helps all of them to find a larger and more inclusive perspective on their work.Bernie DeKoven
The Importance of Play
Play makes our lives brighter and puts smiles on our faces. It brings us closer together, and teaches us to appreciate the joy of the moment, of being truly present. We stop looking for external motivators or purpose; play *is* the purpose. When we play, we’re open to the world, to other people, to the unknown and all the potentially intimidating or frightening things that might happen. We’re less afraid of making a fool of ourselves, of looking silly, of not being taken seriously. And you know what, that’s not even the most important thing about play, no, not at all. The main reason why we think play is so important is that a playful mindset and a playful attitude will enable you to live better lives in this complex, globalised world.