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Indie Spirit: Video Games as Art


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In recent years, Melbourne has become an epicentre of the boom in digital games innovation. The city’s ecosystem has proven robust enough to support game-makers of all shapes and sizes – small indie startups coexist in close proximity to large award-winning developers. The resulting community of games enthusiasts, both makers and players, are influencing each other and redefining what video games are and how they can be played.

At this panel discussion, indie game makers and creatives Helen Kwok, Violet LeBeaux and David Parkin join host Lise Leitner to explore video games in all their guises, what it means to make games through artistic practice, and what the current games landscape looks like in Melbourne and Australia more broadly.

Suited for pro-gamers and newbies alike, this discussion considers the pathways available for those wanting to catch the wave of digital innovation and those looking to keep the ride going in ever more new and exciting ways.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Knowledge Week and supported by Freeplay Independent Games Festival


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Helen Kwok

Helen Kwok is a multimedia artist and designer who creates playful installations, experimental games, and public play activations. A first generation Hong Kong immigrant based in Naarm (Melbourne), her practice often blends the physical and digital, crafting experiences that playfully extend beyond ... Read more

Violet LeBeaux

Violet LeBeaux is a Melbourne-based solo developer working on a cozy life-sim called Moonlight in Garland which sees you making a new start in the busy city of Garland.

Lise Leitner

Lise Leitner is a games creative and writer based in Naarm/Melbourne. They’ve worked in marketing and communications for more than ten years and have worked for cultural institutions and museums in Australia and in their home country of Belgium. As a writer, they’ve contributed to game titles li... Read more

David Parkin

David Parkin is a Trawlwulwuy man and Managing Director of Luggarrah, a wholly Aboriginal owned business based in western Victoria. Luggarrah meaning play, fun and diversion in language is at the core of what Luggarrah do – helping link diverse regional youth with game developers, visual effe... Read more


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