IN CELEBRATION OF PARLOUR GAMES
Modern Art Oxford (MAO), July 2011
An evening around the virtual fire, a response to the virtual world, a world that has killed off Scrabble, singing and Monopoly. In the past singing and story telling were central in wiling away the hours. Activities, such as blind mans buff, often played by children, were part of a way of engaging the group and developing identity.
Using structures such as these, Ann invited participants to evening of parlour games, investigating questions and instructions that surround us in the home and reference the domestic space. Games involved a series of linked activities questioning the meaning of home and belonging. All who attended were asked to bring along a domestic object, which held some resonance or a story behind it, to share with the group.