House of Cards #3. Brad Downey, 2007. Foto: Brad Downey

PLAYMODE

MAAT, LISBON

SEPTEMBER 2019 — FEBRUARY 2020

 

CURATED BY

FILIPE PAIS & PATRÍCIA GOUVEIA

 

WORKS BY
DUNNE & RABY + MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES
PIPPIN BARR
ARAM BARTHOLL
SAMUEL BIANCHINI
CADA
JOSEPH DELAPPE
BRAD DOWNEY
HARUN FAROCKI
PRISCILA FERNANDES
MARY FLANAGAN
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ANDRÉ GONÇALVES
TALE OF TALES

MILTOS MANETAS

 

EVA AND FRANCO MATTES
!MEDIENGRUPPE BITNIK
MOLLEINDUSTRIA
ISAMU NOGUCHI
OS ESPACIALISTAS
DAVID OREILLY
GABRIEL OROZCO
LUCAS POPE
SHIMABUKU
DAVID SHRIGLEY
THE PIXEL HUNT
ANA VIEIRA
FILIPE VILAS-BOAS
BILL VIOLA
BRENT WATANABE

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». 

Photo credits

© Bruno Lopes

© Paulo Alexandre Coelho