Dutch historian Johan Huizinga considers playing to be one of the oldest instincts of the animal kingdom, and Poiesis (poetry) a play-function, taking place in the playground of the mind, in a world of its own which the mind has created for it.
The Word Game acts thus as a parallelism for the act of creation, a performance presented in the form of a group memory game: players start by stating a place, and something that’s in it, and then go around clockwise adding more objects every time, while also reciting everything the rest of the players said in order. Eventually a narrative is established subconsciously in the mind of each player, which in turn informs the words they will add later on — the same way a poet would compose the lines of their work.
The game ends when none of the players can remember the next word; in this way, the game is also a communal effort of remembering.
At the Old Vinegar Factory there are five players, seven cats, seats, three hours, rocks, two blue eyes, an audience, a story, red pillows, six trees, a bookcase, a box of crisps, Performance Art, Robin Williams, Roland Barthes, infinite Red Bull, a pomegranate tree, the Nile Delta, Roxanne, a donation box, Cinderella’s slipper, explosions, a single cheerleader, and a Higher Purpose.
Residency duration 24 hours
Old Vinegar Factory,
Genethliou Mitella 34
3036 Lemesos, Cyprus
Phone: +357 99 985 232
Artist/Coordinator – Adonis Archontides
Participants will be announced at a later date.
29.06 | 19:00 – 22:00
Tel: +357 99 686 704
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 19:00 - 22:00