Games & Theory

Gustavo Artigas (Mexico), Lottie Child (UK), Marc Herbst (US), Tushar Joag (India), Jakob Kolding (Denmark), Kasia Krakowiak (Poland), George Henry Longly (UK), Marta Marcé (UK/Spain), Nils Norman (UK), Dan Shipsides (UK).

Games & Theory brings together the work of international contemporary artists who share interests in play, sports and gaming. With works shown in, on and around Nils Norman's play architecture, viewers are encouraged to become active participants in the exhibition and climb, crawl and experience the gallery in new ways. Taking its cue from Situationist ideologies, Games & Theory explores the radical potential of play as a form of resistance and expression of freedom.

Through references to Batman, skateboarding and New Babylon, the Modernist architectural plan of which was intended as a playground for living in, Jakob Kolding's posters encourage city-dwellers to see their environment as a playground.

Tushar Joag’s Dance Your Way Through identifies a rhythm to the movement of people in the bustle of a Mumbai subway creating a fun and practical solution to moving through the crowd. Marc Herbst challenges the order of urban life by inviting people to meet on street corners to throw boxes in the air, seeking to form a community through simple pleasures.

Dan Shipsides’s free-climbing performances turn buildings into rock faces, demonstrating a physical engagement with our surroundings. Observations of street life in Brazilian favela form the basis of Lottie Child’s latest Street Skills Manual. Child explores The Path to Risk and The Path to Joy, as in the London and Linz editions, through physical activities challenging the use of public space. Kasia Krakowiak’s mapping of public space forms the starting point for a treasure hunt in which she makes visible Polish culture in London.

Marta Marcé uses semi-random elements from parlour games such as Mikado (pick-up sticks) or puzzles of her own devising to make decisions on composition in her paintings and murals. Gustavo Artigas’s video work The Rules of the Game combines a game of football and one of basketball on the same field. Competing simultaneously, Mexican and US high-school teams play out cultural differences. The controlling structure of sports also appears in the sculptures and collages of George Henry Longly. Inspired by HG Wells's Floor Games, he explores the ways in which physical activity is used to regiment and control young minds.

Games & Theory is curated by Kit Hammonds.

Programme of events throughout August 2008:

Wall Zone: Kasia Krakowiak Sat 2 Aug, 12 - 6pm
City of London walking tour
Discover hidden histories of the City of London using mobile phone technology. Kasia Krakowiak's new project for 'Games & Theory' is a treasure trail within the old city walls directed by Bluetooth technology.

A group tour commences at 12pm and lasts approximately one hour (2.5km). Alternatively the trail can be followed at any time between 12 and 6pm. To book for the group tour or for further information on following the trail individually contact or 020 7703 6120.

Making Play: The So Sceaux Summer Games Fri 1 – Sat 6 August, 2 - 5pm daily, Free
Come and play a variety of games on Sceaux Gardens estate. This week-long local festival showcases a range of traditional games hosted by tenants and residents alongside artist-led games with Joanna Brinton, Ruchama Hoed, Andrea Mason, Lucy Panesar, Laura Wilson and others.

Pimp Your Pup at the Dog Off!, play crazy croquet, re-enact your favourite film with Theatre Peckham, take part in the sack race or relax with a board game. No booking necessary. This event is part of National Play Day.

Curator's Talk: Kit Hammonds Sun 3 Aug, 2pm, Free
Games & Theory curator, Kit Hammonds, discusses ideas and themes of the exhibition, including creativity, freedom and the politics of play, within the built environment. No booking necessary.

Camberwell Urban Napping: Lottie Child Sun 3 Aug, 3 - 5pm, Free
Take instruction from Lottie Child’s Street Training Manuals and negotiate your own Paths of Joy and Paths of Safety through the city. Develop the skills and judgement required to trust oneself and one's environment enough to let go and sleep in inhospitable situations.

Hear what happened when Child had a siesta in a downtown park in Sao Paulo, share stories and advice then use your knowledge to try sleeping in public spaces in Camberwell. Booking recommended.

Games & Theory: Film Screening Sun 3 Aug, 6 - 7.30pm, Free
This event presents two films which explore our relationships to urbanism. Nils Norman and Stephan Dillemuth's 'I’m Short Your House' from 2007 is screened alongside Gisèle & Luc Meichler's 'Allée des Signes' from 1976.

Location: The Castle, 65 Camberwell Church Street.
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