Game, risk, disaster

author: Gustavo Artigas
recorded by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
published: Sept. 10, 2009,   recorded: November 2006,   views: 3262
released under terms of: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike (CC-BY-NC-SA)

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“Are we here to play or to be serious? And in all seriousness what is of playing or games for that matter? ...For the past four years, Gustavo Artigas who is based in Mexico City, but coordinates the majority of his projects in other international cities, has developed a stunning, complex language surrounding the social tensions of group organization and the consequences and risks involved in game and disaster situations. More specifically, Artigas’ work engages a universe of limits. As for the game, the limit between what is and what is not [a game] is more difficult to specify than it seems at first glance. ...The disaster on the other hand – in Artigas’ experience – is a limit confined by fear and/or inevitability. Acting as Master of Ceremonies, he has developed a three-ring circus scheme juxtaposing games, performative gestures, and political critiques into episodical chapters.” – Jennifer Teets

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