File spoon-archives/avant-garde.archive/avant-garde_1998/avant-garde.9806, message 21

Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 09:37:45 -0400
Subject: Re: game-art

>i'm writing an essay for a gallery about the connection/use of games in
>art. for example the chess games duchamp played with a nude woman, or
>the one john cage played wiring the pieces so that every move would
>stimulate a light/sound reaction.
>if you have any material/thoughts/ideas about the subject (and idea
>about game-art relations) i'd be ahppy to hear.

Manty artists in the 70's such as Richard Serra, Joseph Kosuth, Michael
Snow, Mel Bochner, Dorethea Rockburne  were all interested in game theory
(arisnig from their interest in Vittgenstien's views concerning language)
-- though none of these artist actually produced "games"  ie. something to
play --  they viewed art as being basically structured as a game -- eg. all
artist play the art game -- part of this game is to discern its rules
throuhg playing it rather thanits rules existing a priori to play.

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