House of Cards #3. Brad Downey, 2007. Foto: Brad Downey
SEPTEMBER 2019 — FEBRUARY 2020
FILIPE PAIS & PATRÍCIA GOUVEIA
DUNNE & RABY + MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES
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TALE OF TALES
EVA AND FRANCO MATTES
THE PIXEL HUNT
It is said that play has saved entire peoples, who, in order not to succumb to hunger, resorted to playing games for hours at a time. While the Lydians, that distant people from Anatolia, invented games as a mode of surviving, play from the beginning has been an invention linked to a vital need — to stay alive and withstand the darkness, immobility and extinction.
The artists understood early on the transformative power of play and began integrating it into their works for various purposes – escaping reality, social construction and transformation, subversion or as a criticism of game and play mechanisms themselves.
The exhibition Playmode offers a reflection on these aspects and on the era of ludification that contemporary societies are now experiencing, bringing together pieces by several artists, organized in three different thematic areas: «Mode of deconstructing, modifying and speculating», «Mode of transforming, dreaming and working» and «Mode of participating and changing».