Game Happens 2019 – Conference
Friday 8 November, Morning Sessions
Best known for his diary from a death camp in Auschwitz, Primo Levi broadened the horizons of his writings to Science. His autobiography The Periodic Table conveys to the layman “the strong and bitter flavor” of being a chemist, praising chemistry as a source of moral strength. Mariano Tomatis will try to reverse engineer the uncanny balance between the wonder and the tragedy evoked in Levi’s work, framing it as a call to action addressed to game designers, computer programmers… and stage magicians!
Writer, magician and art designer with a degree in IT, Mariano Tomatis has published more than 20 books on the intersection between science and deception. As a “wonder injector”, he professionally deals with the ingredient of Surprise. For his studies on the history of magic and occult tradition, he has been asked to renovate the Rennes-le-Château museum (yes, the setting of Gabriel Knight 3!) and granted the Bérenger Prix 2010 for his work.