'Free Cell' was performed
at DCoA Totnes 26-27th April 2008
Mark Greenwood was playing solitaire for 48 hours. Following the recent
public debates concerning gambling and casinos, the artist hopes to resist
current trends in marketing and advertising that target sections of society
and encourages them to partake in the act of gambling.
Whilst the advertising of products such as tobacco and alcohol has decreased,
gambling advertising continues to grow at a rapid rate through sports
sponsorship, on-line gaming and television advertisements.
Greenwood believes that these structures of discourse seek to construct
a false economy with little regard for the psychological, social, and
ethical effects and implications of government sanctioned gambling.
Free Cell... is an installation/performance work initiated in 2007 that
explores individual and collective notions of memory and decision making
in the context of gambling and the gaming experience.
Alongside an aesthetic enquiry into the figurative, textual, and numerical
aspects of playing cards as objects including the
repeated, comparable sequences of patterns found on their reverse, the
artist aims to emphasise the anxiety and the futility experienced by the
individual gambler caught in between the emotional tensions of desire
and need, personal profit and
--find more detailed pictures ...here...--
--all pictures above taken by Alice
Kemp (c) - thank you!1!! --