Artwork #2 Appropriate
Dadaist works were characterized by a deliberate irrationality and the rejection of the prevailing standards of art. My inspiration for this game came from Marcel Duchamp’s famous readymade L.H.O.O.Q from the book DADA. L.H.O.O.Q. is a reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa onto which Duchamp drew a moustache and beard in pencil. La Joconde instantly became his most famous readymade and a symbol for the international Dada movement, which rebelled against everything that art represented, particularly the appeal to tradition and beauty. In this game, I am encouraging players to create their own appropriation on the famous paintings. As Dada artists believe, that art can be made of anything with little transformation applied to them.
Imagine yourself as if you are in Zurich in 1915, watching a performance at Cabaret Voltaire. Dadaists and Surrealists loved to use collage techniques to unlock new meaning in the world.
The concept of the game is that players are Dada artists, creating their own painting by collecting materials.
The game is played in 3 rounds. At the beginning of the game, you first choose your famous painting with a dice from a set of cards and then get the copy of the painting next to you. While you are playing, you actually create the painting in your own appropriation by getting the materials you need. This game gives the players a chance to feel themselves as an artist in their own way.
This is a game of 2 players. Both players are dealt 2 cards representing various materials—brush, paint, canvas, tape, roller, palette, pictures etc.—and money, which aren’t materials but can be used in trades. In the beginning, both players have 40$. A central market of five more materials cards is dealt to the middle of the table. On your turn, you’re presented with a deceptively simple choice: get new materials to complete your work of art or sell the materials you already have. You roll a dice to choose one card from the other cards on the table. There is limited amount of materials in the cards. By selling the material that you don’t need, you can get the material you need from black-market in a more expensive way. Because sometimes by any chance, the other player can get the material you need. So, you want to sell one of your materials to get the one you really need.
When the players complete the 3 rounds, they show their work of art to a person and explain their concept. The painting that gets the most attention from the audience, the artist of that piece earns the privilege to be the leader of the Dada movement.
10 painting cards (Mona Lisa, The Knitting Girl, The Creation of Adam, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Scream, American Gothic, The Birth of Venus, Portrait of Madame X, Portrait of an Unknown man holding a skull, The Story Book)
- 10 big-sized actual paintings
- 15 material cards (brush, 6 tubes of paint, tape, artist tape, pencils- 2H, 2B, 4B, 6B, 2 charcoal, 2 glue, sharpies, crayons, ink, colored pencils, scissors, exacto knife)
- 20 Collage Pictures (Homer Simpson head, Medusa Head, Brad Pitt head, Angelina Jolie head, gun, wizard wand, cat, ice-cream, IPhone, Mr. Bean face, tiara, cigarette, wizard hat, necklace, laser sword, tattoo, Steve Jobs head, dress, Starbucks coffee, hair)
- Money (5$, 10$, 20$, 50$)
- 2 brushes- each 10$
- 2 tube of paint-each 10$
- 2 glues- each 10$
- 3 sharpies- each 5$
- artist tape-10$
- 3 colored pencils each 5$
- 3 pencils-each 15$
- ink- 15$
- 1 charcoals- 15$
- 1 scissors- 15$
- exacto knife- 15$
- 10 collage pictures: each 10$
- 3 tube of paint- each 10$
- 2 colored pencils- each 5$
- 2 sharpies- each 5$
- 10 collage pictures- each 10$
- 1 charcoal- 15$
- 3 pencils- each 15$
- 2 brushes- each 10$
October 11, Tuesday
I changed the number of rounds because 5 rounds seemed very long. Other than that, everything worked pretty good and good balanced. The play testers said it was a very fun and an original game, and they liked the concept and mechanics because it was an easy game to play and understand. Overall, I think it went well and players had fun while creating their own artistic pieces.