Non Zero Sum Art Games, Lisbon March 13

It was such a pleasure to curate the Lisbon leg of Mart's Non Zero Sum Art Games! 

The Non Zero-Sum Art Games was part of Culture Ireland’sCulture Connects International Programme’, marking Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Produced by MART and curated by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan.

Documentation of  the Lison Collaborations culminating in a Live Performance Event at Plataforma Revólver Lisbon.

Lisbon Artists: Vanessa Daws, Pedro Azevedo Katherine Nolan, Nuno Lacerda, Francis Fay, Rui Mourão,Eleanor Lawler, Marisa Teixeira, Aine Phillips and Raquel Carteiro.

making art

The exhibition

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A Non Zero Sum Game is in game theory a situation where one decision maker’s gain (or loss) does not necessarily result in the other decision makers’ loss (or gain) – a win-win game. They generally have both competitive and cooperative elements. Players engaged have some complementary interests and some interests that are completely opposed.

‘The Non Zero-Sum Art Games’ was a program of exhibitions and performances focusing on the power that Art and people have to transform the socio/political psyche of the public in 3 European cities; Dublin, Lisbon & Athens all whom have recently hit by financial crisis.Two groups of 5 Irish Artists travelled to both Athens & Lisbon to work under rules, financial and time restrictions imposed by the curators.

Rules include:
  • Artists are playing against each other to win a game with no results.
  • Artists may not bring any materials or equipment with the exception of 1 Mobile Phone & 1 Laptop
  • Artists will be given €100 to source materials / equipment in the host country.
  • Artists must work with at least one local artist / resident.
  • Artists will showcase their work on March 7th.
  • All artworks will be destroyed when show is complete.

Instances of Agreement, Kao Yuan Art Center, Taiwan.

My video work You Are a Very Naughty Boy!, exhibited in Instances of Agreement
A Golden Thread Gallery touring exhibition, November 2012, at the Kao Yuan Art Centre, Kao Yuan University, Taiwan.

"Instances of Agreement is an exhibition that brings together a range of artists and artworks from the North of Ireland in an attempt to explore the often complex and problematic nature of an agreement. The exhibition focuses on the formation and realisation of an agreement, as demonstrated between artist and artwork, artwork and viewer."

Gary Shaw Brendan O'Neill Deirdre McKenna Martin Boyle Ursula Burke Peter Speirs Ciaran O'Dochartaigh Jenny Keane Sara Greavu Michael Hanna David Mahon and Helen McDonnell Maurice Doherty and Nicky Keogh