During his lecture Ted Purves showed us the…

During his lecture Ted Purves showed us the work of artist Rirkrit Tirivanija, who in 1990 famously and/or infamously made and served pad thai in the Paula Allen Gallery in New York.  Purves remarked that this simple act changed visitors to the gallery into guests, many of whom then returned often, now treating the gallery as a meeting place, as a convivial space.  And so I’ve wondered whether installing and managing a skee-ball tournament in the gallery has likewise changed the visitors, not into guests, but players—players and sometimes spectators.  Yes, some people simply come to watch.  But most come to play, or to practice, intensely; some come to play caring not a whit about the tournament; some even play at playing.  And I’ve seen some watch for a few minutes—parents and other visitors to the college—only to then play.  All food for thought or games for thought.  About art and games.