Natalia Stroika (she/her +/-) is an Existential Game Maker/Destroyer. She is the creator of Ludic Liberation, a practice of collective play aimed at revealing & releasing our internalized limitations. You can read more about the Ludic Liberation philosophy at www.ludicliberation.com, join a monthly Ludic Liberation Lab to help R&D new liberatory game mechanics, read The Lab Report of past experimental results and existential game theory, or work with Natalia directly on tuning up or redesigning your Personal Existential Game (PEG). Natalia has a Doctorate in Learning Sciences (the science and art of how people learn!) and training in Transformational Social Therapy and the Warm Data Lab process. Natalia lives in so-called South Philadelphia and as mummer with the Vaudevillains New Years Brigade, she has been a hoagie, a tree, a rainbow, a butterfly, a feral cat mother, a fish, a planet, and a pterodactyl.
As children, we talked to imaginary friends, built forts and arranged dollhouses, daydreamed about fantasy worlds, and pretended to be magical beings. But when we got “all grown up,” these varied forms of solo play have all but dissolved. As adults, we still play sometimes, but our play is mostly designated to certain contexts: the phone screen, the video game console, the weekly RPG night, sometimes, perhaps, the bedroom.
Whatever happened to those childhood games of ours? In this 6-week workshop series for adults, we’ll consider the possibility that we didn’t just outgrow imaginative solo play; rather, we’ve adultified it – made it complicated, work-like, self-important. In fact, we played our games so well into this next level that we forgot that we were even playing. In the process, we also lost the most important rule of childhood play–the one that says that you can always change the rules.
This series will invite us to reveal our secret adult gameplay dynamics and – if we desire – to re-envision our existential playbooks using the methods of Ludic Liberation. Ludic Liberation is a practice of collective play designed to explore and experiment with conventions, norms, mainstream concepts, and commonly-held beliefs. The goal of Ludic Liberation practice is to playfully make the familiar strange, and in the process to uncover a deeper, more essential truth that has been covered by the illusions and contradictions of living in society.
Some adult-level games we might collectively redesign during “Games We Play With Ourselves” include:
This series is for existential players who are feeling the call to adventure, are intrigued by the power of the reversal, are willing and ready to question (at least a few of) their beliefs, and are brave enough to experiment with different rules for playing the game of life!
DATES: October 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3 & 10 (6 Sessions)
TIME: Wednesdays 7-8:30pm EST
TUITION: $350 Early Bird Registration before Sept 27
(please contact us for sliding scale tuition options)
PERK: One-on-One Session on your Personal Existential Game