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Game Show, NYC

Game Show, NYC

Game Show, NYC

Game Show, NYC

Game Show, NYC

Game Show, NYC

Game Show, NYC

Game Show, NYC

By Suzanne Guillette

When was the last time you could walk into an art gallery and start playing chess?

Thanks to “Game Show NYC - The Art of Learning Through Games,” an exhibit that aired in TC’s Macy Gallery in late May and early June, gallery-goers could do just that—and more. The show expanded “the concept of an art show by making the enjoyment of art an interactive and educative experience.”

Curated by Nick Sousanis and Suzanne Choo, both doctoral students in TC’s Art and Art Education Program, along with Joey Lee, TC Professor of Communication and Computing, Game Show NYC built on an exhibit that first ran in 2006 in Detroit (Game Show Detroit) which was organized by Fred Goodman and Andy Malone, both of the University of Michigan, as well as Sousanis. Goodman and Malone are co-curators of the New York exhibit as well.

According to the show’s Web site, “Game Show NYC is designed to galvanize art and science, theory and practice, playfulness and seriousness, learning and teaching, the local and global, as well as a wide variety of academic specializations. This exhibition of artful games from an open call for entries celebrates the joy of learning.”

The show featured a range of interactive games, from crossword puzzles to checkers to less traditional “games.”

The exhibit ran in conjunction with “Creativity, Play, and the Imagination across Disciplines,” a conference held at TC from May 26 to May 28. (For more information on that conference visit http://blogs.tc.columbia.edu/creativityconference2011/)

For more information on the games exhibit, visit  http://gameshownyc.blogspot.com/.


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