lecture in 'Red Dead Redemption 2'



Not your average lecture for the bachelor students Theatre, Film and Literature Studies at UAntwerpen. On December 14th three guest speakers and our own Eric Joris will give a lecture in the PlayStation game ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’. The students will be transported to the late nineteenth century in a realistic Western setting. Organising an in-game live lecture will pose some challenges: hungry wolves and armed robbers roam the lands and might attack any time. A lecture has never been this suspenseful and unpredictable.

Through their game characters the lecturers will accompany the students to various locations in the Midwest – on horseback, by coach or by train. On the road the students will learn about concepts like ‘theatricality’ and ’remediation’. ”We don‘t see this in-game instruction method as a gimmick” Theatre Studies researcher Kurt Vanhoutte explains. ”The lecture is about theatricality in new media and technology such as video games. How does theatre evolve in our society? What aspects of classic drama do we also see in games? In this lecture the students will experience the course material in the medium that is being discussed.”

Monday December 14th at 13:30 CET

Do you want to participate and interact in Red Dead Redemption 2? Email Benjamin Verhoeven for login instructions.

You don’t own Red Dead Redemption 2 and wish to follow the livestream? Click this link on on 14 December at 13:30 CET.

Kurt Vanhoutte, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies UA
Nele Wynants, Art Historian UA en ULB
Benjamin Verhoeven, assistant UA
Sarah Lughart, lecturer St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design
Eric Joris, artistic director CREW