What makes us lonely? What connects us? And which games do we play? In the year of the pandemic, the Next Level 2021 exhibition asks how games create community. How do we generate joy and friends, how do we become others, how do we become playful enemies? How do games reflect how we shape the future of our shared spaces? Curators Tobias Kopka (curatomic) and Sebastian Quack (NowPlayThis) explore how games connect us emotionally, competitively, and collaboratively. When do games allow us to become part of something larger that gives meaning and orientation, possibly enabling us to live together better? And when do they show us the way to choose our own approach to a self-determined life, away from prefabricated explanations of reality?