[NetBehaviour] NEW GAME? by David Jones and Susanne Palzer

Jake Harries jakeharries at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 16:45:49 CEST 2016

New Game?
Opening at Access Space, Sheffield, UK on Thursday, 21 April 2016, 5.30-8pm.
The exhibition in Access Space Foyer runs from 21 April to 07 May, open
Tuesday to Friday, 11-5pm and Saturday, 11am-2pm.
Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/1608606279462072/

NEW GAME? by David Jones and Susanne Palzer is a game without a clear
objective. It was first played out as G.O.D. - Z.A.S. (Game Of Doom - ZISK
ALEBO STRATA) in Topolcany, SK by Kirsteen Hardie, David Jones and Susanne
Palzer in 2014.

Being a stranger in an imagined foreign place/space and a shared interest
in visualizing somewhere before you go there was the conceptual starting
point for the original game. The place you go to is of course always
different to what you imagined, whether it be a hotel room or the streets
of a town. But we are interested in the fantasy place inside our minds. A
journey of process opens other related possibilities; virtual space, the
possibility of different “adventure” scenarios and imagined characters, of
the digital back into the physical and of opportuniies for or possible
problems with communication.

David Jones has made paintings of unpopulated, seemingly virtual spaces.
They beckon the viewer to explore this terrain with their own imagination,
hoping perhaps to meet other characters. At times this architectural
landscape appears to have been abandoned and a new one started resulting in
a pile up of mutating architectural forms but the walls that create
possibilities also have the potential to block them.

Susanne Palzer's journey of process took her from recording correspondence
between the artists to creating an installation that plays with the lexicon
and format of adventure game language and ground plans. A feeling of loss
may be heightened as Palzer abstracts and translates all communication into
pseudo code script and visual signs. But within the adventure game the code
holds powerful dialogue capabilities. “Broken Tree” is an empty container
for all possible scenarios of communication and encounters of cultural
Vinyl code cut at Access Space Fabrication Lab.

David Jones is a painter and sculptor based in Sheffield. His recent work
draws from a period from his 70’s childhood when he lived in Arabia; “The
strangeness of arriving in a place that was still being built, the surreal
expanses of concrete foundations for houses, shops, hospitals etc. that
would one day form a town, huge billboards on roads next to a wasteland
advertising airline companies with images of avian aggression in the logo,
and trippy, neon flashing adverts for soft drinks on the TV with their
analogue synth jingles that crudely anticipated the electronic dance music
that would come years later. This semi-metropolis existing on the edge of a
wilderness was loaded with dramatic but undefinable possibility.

Susanne Palzer is a cross-disciplinary artist, researcher and performer
based in Sheffield, UK. Her process-based work is analytical, often
site-specific and incorporates her own individual work as well as
collaborations with other artists and contributions to other artists’
projects. Her current practice is an investigation into the fusion of
digital technology and physical performance. Since 2012 Susanne Palzer has
been curating the performance events OPEN PLATFORM/RAP(s)-TwT. at Access
Space in collaboration with media artist Jake Harries.

More info: jake at access-space.org


All the best

Jake Harries, Director of Arts and Innovation
www.access-space.org  +44(0)114 249 5522
@accessspace facebook.com/accessspace
3-7 Sidney St, Sheffield, S1 4RG, UK
jake at access-space.org
The arts programme at Access Space is supported
using public funding by Arts Council England
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