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CSI Skill Tree: Mutazione
In the CSI Skill Tree series, we examine and celebrate how video games envision possible futures, build rich and thought-provoking worlds, and engage people as active participants in unfolding and interpreting stories.

In this event, we'll discuss the 2019 mutant soap opera and magical gardening game “Mutazione,” developed by the Copenhagen-based studio Die Gute Fabrik and published by Akupara Games. We’ll discuss the game’s gentle, intimate approach to worldbuilding in the wake of catastrophe, its powerful musical elements, metaphors for climate trauma, the social aspects of gardens, the politics of knowledge production, and more.

Our guests are Pamela Carralero, a scholar of climate change, resilience, and ecocriticism at Kettering University, and Matthew Derby, a writer of podcasts, films, and novels, and a game designer at Harmonix/Epic Games.

This event is free and open to everyone.

Mar 24, 2023 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pamela Carralero
Pamela Carralero is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities at Kettering University and a climate resilience practitioner. Her practice-based research focuses on building climate change resilience at the community level; her scholarship investigates how ecocriticism informs the communication and experience of climate risk. Learn more at https://www.pcarralero.com.
Matthew Derby
Matthew Derby is a writer and designer whose credits include the scripted podcast Harley Quinn and The Joker: Sound Mind, the feature film Gone in the Night; and The Silent History — an interactive novel designed and written for iOS devices. He has served as an editor at The Believer and is a game designer at Harmonix/Epic Games. Learn more at https://matthewderby.com.