Rules of the Game
Park Avenue Armory, New York
Part of High Resolution, Artist Projects at the Armory. Presented by Electronic Arts Intermix
February 21 - 25, 2008

Curated by Fionn Meade and Wendy Vogel

Lynda Benglis, Joan Jonas, Dennis Oppenheim, Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann, Meat Joy, 1964

Rules of the Game brings together five early works from EAI that rely to varying degrees upon a score-based approach. The artists included in the program abandon the rigid flow of a traditional script in favor of instructions and improvisational performances from participants. Deceptively simple at first glance, gesture repeatedly acts as a catalyst for both critique and experimentation within prescribed boundaries. While Lynda Benglis and Carolee Schneemann reveal their authorial hand—intoning explicit and disruptive instructions—Joan Jonas and Dennis Oppenheim pursue more ambiguous and enigmatic strategies to capture drawings in space. Each, however, elevates the immediate physicality of play as a form of release and renewal.

Lynda Benglis, Now, 1973, 12 min, color, sound
Joan Jonas, Songdelay, 1973, 18:35 min, b&w, sound, 16mm film
Dennis Oppenheim, A Feedback Situation, 1971, 3:02 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film
Dennis Oppenheim, Objectified Counterforce, 1971, 2:06 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film
Carolee Schneemann, Meat Joy, 1964, 6 min, color, sound, 16mm film

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