Jaakko Stenros: Aesthetics of Action

Jaakko Stenros - Nordic Larp Talks 2013

Jaakko Stenros at the Nordic Larp Talks Oslo 2013. Photo: Johannes Axner

Let’s move on to the aesthetics. Where is the beauty in larp?

Larps are created by a combination of game organizers and players and people that fall somewhere between the two. However, these groups are not comparable to performers and spectators. Larp is not staged by one group for another.

This means that the conventional aesthetics of, say, theatre, do not apply. You are not just someone sitting back and appreciating something beautiful, nor are you projecting an excellence in performance from the stage. You are participating in the doing and appreciating the action created.

Read the talk Living The Story, Free to Choose – Participant Agency in Co-Created Worlds by Jaakko Stenros, that was presented this month at the new conference Alibis for Interaction in Landskrona, Sweden.

Jakko is a games and transmedia researcher and a doctoral candidate at the Game Research Lab, University of Tampere and of the authors of Pervasive Games: Theory and Design. He is also the editor of several iconic works, such as the Nordic Larp book.

Lindängens Riksinternat

Peter Munthe-Kaas as Christer Von Lünow, the schools psychology and philosophy teacher. In-game. Photo: Frida Karlsson Lindgren

Peter Munthe-Kaas as Christer Von Lünow, the schools psychology and philosophy teacher. In-game. Photo: Frida Karlsson Lindgren

Lindängen is definetly one of the better larps I have participated in. Comparable only to larps as Just a little lovinDen hvide krig and Brudpris both design wise and in the actual play experience. I predict that we will see more productions of Lindängen in the future and would recommend everyone with an interest in the psychology of schools and group dynamics to sign up.

Danish Peter Munthe-Kaas has written about the larp Lindängens Riksinternat (Lindängen Boardingschool) held in Sweden 16-20 October 2013.

Terra Incognita – A Swedish 1920’s Lovecraft larp

The expedition in the Töfsing valley. From game 2. Photo: Johannes Axner

The expedition in the Töfsing valley from the larp Terra Incognita. Portrait taken after game 2. Photo: Johannes Axner

Terra Incognita was a small and very well organized horror larp in the Cthulhu Mythos that was started with the stories by H.P. Lovecraft. The story was set in Sweden in 1922, telling the story of an expedition searching for a missing researcher, last heard of in a desolate village in the Töfsing valley.

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The Monitor Celestra – A Battlestar Galactica inspired frakkin’ spaceship larp

The Monitor Celestra - A Battlestar Galactica inspired larp

The Monitor Celestra was larp inspired by Battlestar Galactica. The scene was the monitor class spacehip Celestra. This was the navigation table in the bridge. Photo: Petter Karlsson

The Monitor Celestra was a Battlestar Galactica inspired non-profit larp project in Nordic style that was held during three weekends in March 2013. It was an action-packed high drama experience that took the real Swedish destroyer-class ship Småland and turned it into a real frakkin’ spaceship.

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