Tom Kemp

Tuesday 11 August, 5pm, Recorded

Tom K Kemp

‘After the Maestro’ is a tabletop roleplaying game by Tom K Kemp set within an anthropomorphised anatomical city. Players take on the role of cellular and microbial workers during the aftermath of a successful labour emancipation within the inner body. Through ludic storytelling and speculative worldbuilding, each iteration of the game generates a narrative with its own ‘body-politic’ metaphors, describing and anthropomorphising different body systems and devising new structures of organisation and interdependence in the sudden absence of established anatomical hierarchies.

This play report brings together a playthrough of the game with Anna Mcfarlane, whose research interests draw upon the medical humanities, science fiction and cyberpunk, broadcaster and architect Andrea González and artist and writer Daniel Sean Kelly.

Tom Kemp
Tom K Kemp is an artist based in Amsterdam. His films and installations use RPG design, improvised filmmaking and animation to parse the eerie consequences of global bureaucratic and economic systems on intimate and immediate human relations. These works generate semi-autonomous Weird fictions, where gamification and collaborative storytelling are combined into a deviated method of complexity modelling.

Tom has a background in prose fiction, game design, commercial animation and alternative pedagogy, being both alumni of School of the Damned, UK, and the Dirty Art Department, NL. He is currently a research fellow at the Sandberg Instituut, NL.

Notable shows include ‘Me Gustas Pixelad’, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ‘they swore it could talk to dogs’, Bageion Hotel, Athens, and ‘Blood from a Turnip’, filmmuseum, Amsterdam. As an educator he has given talks and run pedagogical game workshops at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, Fontys Fine Arts Academy Tilburg, Utrecht School of Arts, the Royal College of Art London and Camberwell College of Art.

The film will be available to view online from 5pm, please RSVP to for a link to be emailed to you on the day or it will be accessible through this website