6 to 6:30 p.m. (reception)
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (conversation)

Colin Fanning, Barry Joseph and Juliet Kinchin place the popular Swedish game Minecraft within the history of play and contemporary gaming culture. They show how the creative and building aspects of the game, in which its players build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3-D generated world, enable players to collaborate in creating wonderfully innovative and imaginative things. The event concludes with a demonstration in which audience members are encouraged to participate.

Colin Fanning is the curatorial fellow in the department of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

Barry Joseph is the associate director of digital learning, at the American Museum of Natural History specializing in youth and culture and games and learning.

Juliet Kinchin is the Curator in the department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and organized the 2012 MoMA exhibit, Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000