Top header image by Emi Spicer – Tanya Kan at Indiecade East 2016. 

Upcoming Events

  • Check back for more soon! Currently just focused on production so that Solace State continues to progress! But there might be some stuff coming up for GDC in March 2019…

Past Talks, Panels, Presentations, Workshops

  • Oct 26-28, 2018: EGLX Developer Conference, “The State of Story” panel, “The Indie!” panel
    Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo
  • July 14, 2018: Game Devs of Color Expo, talk on my artist’s origins, “Finding Strength in the Struggle: On Creating a Social Impact Game”
    NYC, Harlem, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Apr 12, 2018: Humber Design Talks, industry guest, Q&A on indie development to compsci students
  • Nov 12, 2017: Make Change Conference, talk on “Disrupt the Conventional: How to Make Your First Games for Social Impact
    Toronto, Design Exchange
  • Sep 11, 2017: TIFF Industry Conference, panel guest on DIALOGUES 2001: An Immersive Odyssey
    Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Sep 11, 2017: TIFF Industry Conference, guest on CONNECTIONS New Technology & Immersive Storytelling
    Toronto, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Nov 19, 2016: BMCAA Unconference, “Designing for Narratives in VR and Visual Novels” talk and mini demo of Solace State and Eviction Notice
    Toronto, University of Toronto MScBMC
  • Nov 19, 2016: DMG November Social + Hyperreal Jam Showcase, talk on Eviction Notice 
    Toronto, Gamma Space
  • Apr 30, 2016: Indiecade East, with talk entitled “Solace State: The People’s Negotiation on the Politics of Affect” [pics, pics2]
    NYC, Museum of Moving Image
  • Apr 18, 2016: Make Games With Friends, Lightning Talks
    Toronto, Gamma Space
  • Apr 8-9, 2016: Different Games Conference 2016, with talk entitled “Solace State: The People’s Negotiation on the Politics of Affect”
    Brooklyn, NYU MAGNET
  • Mar 11-12, 2016: Intersections Cross-Sections 2016, panel “2Ludic: Re-Negotiating Relationships with the Adolescent Self” [write-up]
    Toronto, Ryerson University, Image Arts Building
  • Feb 27, 2016: Dames Making Games’ February Speaker Social on the process of visual novel design on Solace State
    Toronto, Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
  • Feb 25, 2016: Transferable Skills Workshop, a university panel on how I got into the indie games community and industry
    Toronto, University of Toronto Innis College
  • May 24, 2014: Dames Making Games’ May Speaker Social: talk on Scar Tissue demo with Mikki Benaglia [write-up]
    Toronto, Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
  • Feb 2, 2014: Nerdstorm Indesology, 2 hour seminar on critical theory of video games and interactive media [pics]
    Toronto, Centre for Social Innovation
  • Dec 11, 2013: Game Design for Artists at Akin Collective: 3 hour Twine workshop with Dan Murtha
    Toronto, Akin Landsdowne Studios
  • Dec 7, 2013: Winter Bit Bazaar 2013, arcade public showcase of Babel prototype (now called Solace State)
    Toronto, Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
  • Sep 10, 2013: Dames Making Games September Speaker Social: 20 min seminar on Double Blind’s art tech
    Toronto, Bento Miso Collaborative Workspace
  • Jul 26, 2013: Design Critique Roundtable at the Toronto Skillswap, 15 min pitch presentation on Babel (now called Solace State)
    Toronto, George Brown College
  • Jun 28, 2013: Talking to the Press at the Toronto Skillswap, Q&A panel with Eric Weiss as a special guest
    Toronto, George Brown College

Past Exhibitions, Showcases, Arcades

Previous Major Attendance

  • July 31 – August 2, 2017: Games for Change festival, attendance & demo at Meet the Experts
    New York City, Parsons School of Design
  • Jun 13- 15, 2017: E3 attendance, Solace State demo by appointment only
    Los Angeles, Los Angeles Convention Center
  • Mar 2-6, 2015: Game Developers Conference, attendance as part of the DMG-GDC Scholarship
    San Francisco, Moscone Centre

Press and Interviews

Please get in touch with me at tanya (at) vividfoundry (dot) com for any booking inquiries for talks, workshops and showcases!