All orders of PLAYING UP will receive a PDF download of the game upon purchase, and we will ship physical copies at the earliest opportunity when Unbound reopens.
Make clothes out of food, lie on top of cars, dance with animals, try bagism, make a ketchup fight, follow a random passerby through the city, remote control your parents, invent your own Live Art form of sports, search for miracles, walk through London with a map of Paris, invent an alter ego of the opposite gender, deconstruct electrical devices, and build what-happens-next-machines!
PLAYING UP is an artwork by Sibylle Peters, exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.
Players are presented with a pack of cards, organized using six different categories which cover different strategies of Live Art. Each card references a specific Live Art piece or event followed by an instruction to be carried out by the players. Players select a card and then follow the given instructions.
"Without a doubt one of the most important resources available for Live Art and young people IN THE WORLD."
Robert Daniels, University of Chichester and Bootworks Theatre, 2017
Artists and artworks referenced in PLAYING UP:
Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Haircuts by Children, Santiago Sierra’s Person Saying a Phrase, Mad for Real’s Soya Sauce and Ketchup Fight, The Guerrilla Girls, Marina Abramovic’s Freeing the Voice, Tehching Hsieh’s Rope Piece, Dennis Oppenheim’s Two Stage Transfer Drawing, Jana Sterbak’s Remote Control, Marcel Duchamp’s Rrose Sélavy, Curious’s On The Scent, Judy Clark’s Issues, Harold Offeh’s Covers, Showcase Beat le Mot’s Blind Football, Situationist International's Psychogeography, Vito Acconci’s Following Piece, Chris Burden’s Trans-Fixed, Mike Pearson’s Bubbling Tom, Aaron Williamson’s Barrierman, Theatre of Research’s The Search for Miracles, Marcia Farquhar’s Acts of Clothing, Joshua Sofaer’s Name in Lights, Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave, Forced Entertainment’s Tomorrow’s Parties, Barby Asante’s Barbys Karaoke, Lone Twin’s Beastie, Yoko Ono & John Lennon’s Bagism, David Weber-Krebs & Maximilian Haas’s Balthazar, Valie Export & Peter Weibel’s From The Portfolio Of Doggedness, Bobby Baker’s Cooking the Sunday Dinner, George Brecht’s Drip Music, Eva Meyer Keller & & Sybille Müller’s Building After Catastrophes, Martha Rosler’s Semiotics of the Kitchen, Bow Gamelan Ensemble’s Concrete Barges, Stephen Cripps’ Roundabout for a Crashed Helicopter, Zoe Laughlin’s The Performativity of Matter, Peter Fischli & David Weiss’s The Way Things Go.
The PLAYING UP second edition package includes a box, 37 cards, and an instruction sheet.
Second edition, published by Live Art Development Agency, 2019.
15 cm x 12 cm.
Trade Orders: Central Books, see our Distribution page for more information.
First published by Live Art Development Agency, 2016.
PLAYING UP is a collaboration between LADA, Theatre of Research, and Tate Early Years and Family Programme.
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