Last summer SFMOMA sent an open call out to Bay Area game designers, experience designers and conceptual artists. They asked for inventive but low-cost ideas for games SFMOMA’s visitors can play in the galleries and other public spaces of the museum. They received, in the words of exhibition curator Erica Gangsei, “about 50 proposals from community members from a multitude of disciplines and with wide-ranging levels of experience. The proposals varied from the highly-technological to the determinedly-analog, from the absolutely-feasible to the absurdly-farfetched.”
My friend and collaborator Sudhu Twari and I proposed a game involving common words used in art discourse. We chose 12 words and assigned a bodily motion to each of them. Like in bingo, players can check off a box each time they see, hear or think of one of these words (and make the motion) while looking at the work in the museum. They can also check boxes if they see someone else make these movements.
Our proposal was chosen along with 4 others and will be on display in the Koret Visitor Education Center from Jan – Aug 2012. Please stop in and check it out the next time you are visiting SFMOMA.
Special thanks to Meredith Scheff for the awesome illustrations.