XenoLudic Talk by Tamás Páll

On the 6th of December Tamás Páll will present the research project called “NEST” for the students and faculty of the Experimental Game Cultures program at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Starting at 17:00.

NEST is a collaborative project between Tamás Páll, Prof. Margarete Jahrmann, and Thomas Wagensommerer that explores post-anthropocentric experimental game mechanics and play through “XenoLudic” artistic research. The term XenoLudic – coined by Tamás Páll in his ongoing PhD research – refers to a form of game-based artistic research that explores nonhuman play and agency, and human-machine cooperation. 

The presentation will unpack previous projects working with XenoLudic mechanics, and discuss the ongoing research in detail with materials, experiments and documentation.


TAMÁS PÁLL is an interdisciplinary artist and developer based in Budapest, working with games, installation and performance. His praxis blends experimental game design, film, writing, installation, role-play, performance and mythopoesis. His research revolves around technologies of embodiment and emergent agency, politics of technology and Eastern Europe, online subcultures, scientific world-views and games centering non-human agency.

Páll is a PhD candidate at the University of Applied Arts Vienna’s Artistic Research programme, where he develops his ongoing research “Emergent Worlds / Xenorealities” experimenting with the nexus of collective world-making, emergence and computational simulation through synthetic worlds and lifeforms.

Páll’s projects have been showcased in numerous venues, including The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; ISCP New York; Art Cologne; Panke Gallery, Berlin; Transmediale, Berlin; MeetFactory, Prague; Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest among others.