8-2 | Works of Game: On the Aesthetics of Games and Art

Book Review

Works of Game: On the Aesthetics of Games and Art

John Sharp
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015. Preface, notes, bibliography, works cited, images, index. 146 pp. $19.95 cloth. ISBN: 9780263039070

by Chris Hanson

First Paragraph:

On March 5, 1968, just under seven months before his death, French Surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp and his wife Teeny (Alexina) joined American experimental composer John Cage in performing Reunion in Toronto, Canada. Reunion consisted of a stage performance of two chess matches played by Cage, Teeny, and Duchamp on an electronic chessboard designed by Lowell Cross. The chessboard selected and distributed electronic sounds across the performance space based on the moves made by the players. Reunion’s fusion of art, performance, and games challenged assumptions about each and suggested numerous questions about the relationships between.