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Game is defined as adopting goals, rules, challenges and interactions but as the philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein claims, games can be a misconstrued meaning of language and the mind.

Because we misunderstand language we use indirect communication, thought experiments and mind games to get a sense of one-upmanship to empower or demoralize. What extremes can we go to for feeling recognition, wanting, acceptance and achievement?

Featured artists explore the work ethic of game playing considering tactics, strategy and philosophical investigations as well as aesthetic work which deals with layout, intrigue and an appeal to take part. The exhibition includes, video, film, photography, installation, interventions, painting and drawing.

Katy Wallwork.

'CSA Series (Performances in the store cupboard/Avoiding Customer Service Assistance)'

3 x photographic prints, each approx 20 x 16 cm.
London, UK        

“The focus on work as the arena in which the individual can, with the proper self-discipline, will his or her own self-development and transformation continues to be affirmed today … The worldliness of, for example, unruly bodies, seductive pleasures, and spontaneous enjoyment poses a constant challenge to the mandate for such focused attention to and diligent effort in properly productive pursuits”          
Kathi Weeks The Problem with Work; Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics and Postwork Imaginaries

While working as a Customer Service Assistant (CSA) in a regional museum and gallery I found the disjuncture between the positive, ambitious, self-motivated person required by the job advert and the mundane reality of the monotonous rigid role striking. Feeling bored and frustrated I started setting myself small challenges to keep my own creative work going while being paid as a CSA.
Although generally unsupervised, CSA’s were expected to adopt the mindset of management and remain professional in their work at all times so this project became a private game where I had to make as many small interventions and secret performances as I could without being caught by management and without completely alienating myself from my colleagues.
Exhibited in A State of Un-Play will be three photographs documenting this series of works.