Playwork is a practice-based arts research lab currently located in the Interactive Media and Games Division at the University of Southern California.
Playwork is generally understood as “the work of creating and maintaining spaces for children to play”. The Playwork Research Lab aims to expand upon this definition in two ways: first, by classifying playworkers as knowledge workers; second, by asserting that play is itself a research practice, i.e. a way of acquiring shareable, testable knowledge. Proceeding from these principles, our network of researchers engages in playful practice-based research projects that explore new technologies, affordances, and modes of interaction in emerging spaces of cultural production.