Monthly Archives: September 2014

Game Plan – Reinterpreting the Games We Play

I’ve finished installing a show at Northern Kentucky University. It was a lot of fun to pull it together. The title of the show is Game Plan. Here’s a link to preview it:

And here is the context…

Game Plan – Reinterpreting the Games We Play
From childhood forward, games were a part of my life. I liked winning and enjoyed plotting the strategies that got me there. Games were much more than just a way to pass time. Playing them, I developed a set of valuable skills I have surely come to rely on throughout my life.
What did I learn? First of all, with anything, it helps to have a plan, a really well thought out – game plan. Secondly, it helps to recognize that things change and so your plan must too.
Games have gotten ever more complex, just as the world has. But distilling them down to their simplest forms can still tell us a lot about the world we live in today.
This body of art is a metaphorical reconstruction of childhood board games. It explores the connection between familiar games and the lessons learned from playing them. The audience is encouraged to form their own interpretations of the work and to think of ways they’ve used games to build understanding about themselves and others.

Chutes and Ladders
The first lessons we learn from games are pretty straightforward. Plant a garden or rescue a kitten and you will find yourself climbing a ladder and moving ahead. Skate on thin ice or sneak into the cookie jar and you might find yourself on a downward spiral slide. Slides or ladders, regardless, it’s best to dust off your hands, brush off your knees and move on.

Almost Worldly (Risk)
Nightly news speaks of troops massing along some border as I make dinner somewhat removed from it all in the next room. It brings to mind a childhood game, Risk. The one with the beautiful countries mapped out on color themed continents. I spent many a youthful evening slogging thru that game, invading neighboring countries one by one, simply with a roll the dice.

Concentration (The Match Game)
There are so many memory enhancing games and apps these days. It’s becoming a popular hiring practice in some circles to filter potential employees using reasoning tests. Now consider this question. What if in reasoning you were faced with an infinite number of pairs? Simply by changing the criteria, color, shape, pattern… you could form countless matches. Wouldn’t the true test of creative then be the one who could form the most pairs?
.Here’s a link to it