8-2 | Works of Game: On the Aesthetics of Games and Art
Works of Game: On the Aesthetics of Games and Art
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015. Preface, notes, bibliography, works cited, images, index. 146 pp. $19.95 cloth. ISBN: 9780263039070
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.