Past exhibitions

Liliane Lijn - Poem Game | 20-Mar-13

In 1970 Lijn created a deck of 54 word cards. Each card had one word to a side, 'the words themselves having come to mind as I wrote them on the cards'. She originally called the cards Keys and invented three games to play with them: a game of power, a game of poetry and a game of divination.

Lijn originally staged Power Game in the autumn of 1974, in collaboration with her friend, the art critic, Alistair McIntosh. Invited by John Dugger and David Medalla, Lijn created Power Game as a unique fund raising event for the International Festival for Democracy in Chile at the Royal College of Art. Power Game, was restaged by Lijn on the 28th of July 2009 at the ICA, as a socio-political live performance set in an imaginary casino. More recently, Power Game has been performed at BALTIC, The Arches, Glasgow and at the Zabludowicz Collection in London.

In 1974, Lijn used the cards to write Six Throws of the Oracular Keys. A book of poems and drawings, it was published in 1981 in the xeroxed edition Unifinitude by Edition de La Nepe, Paris. Poem Game was played in 2009 at the Poetry Marathon, Serpentine Gallery. Two rounds of Poem Game were played at the Visual Poetics private view in March 2013.

Photos: Jack Goffe Photography

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