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.
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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 exchange.
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.

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The arts programme at Access Space is supported 
using public funding by Arts Council England