A State Of Un-Play

16 – 30 July 2013

Curated by Diana Ali.

Artists: Aaron Oldenburg, Allen Coombs, Benjamin Poynter, Beverley Hood, Bonnie Lane, Cristina Amelia Candea, digitaldialogues (Darren Williams / Jason Davies), Fiona Robertson, Guy Tarrant, Helen Stratford, Irina and Silviu Szekey, James Moore, Jean Harlow, Jonathan J. Kelham, Katy Wallwork, Kayla Parker, Klaus Pinter, Larisa David, Leslie Robinson, Lou Hazelwood, Marcel Craven, Monika Rak, Papamali Christiana, Simohammes Fettaka, Simon Fand, Tom Hackett, UNIȚIA, Ziggy Evitts

Game is defined as a set of rules, goals, challenges and interactions but as the philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein puts it games can be a misconstrued meaning of language and the mind. Because we misunderstand language we use indirect communication, thought experiments and mind games to get a sense of one-upmanship to empower or demoralize. What extremes can we go to for feeling recognition, wanting, acceptance and achievement?


Cristina Amela Candea, ‘Spielraum’, 2012

Featured artists explore the work ethic of game playing considering tactics, strategy and philosophical investigations as well as aesthetic work which deals with layout, intrigue and an appeal to take part. The exhibition includes video, film, photography, installation, interventions, painting and drawing.