Game Show Detroit: Gaming as a catalyst for appreciating art and building community

June 10 through July 23, 2006

Public Opening Reception June 10 from 6pm until 11pm.

The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) is proud to present Game Show Detroit, an interactive exhibit devoted to the art of games and the game of art. Exhibits include new games designed by artists, familiar games that have been re-imagined, and interactive artworks fusing the idea of games, art, and play. Many of the artworks will be playable by visitors.

Jurors for Game Show are celebrated game designer and University of Michigan Professor of Education Emeritus Fred Goodman along with CAID Board Members Nick Sousanis and Andy Malone. “Game Show is designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds and to create a hub of communal activity around the gallery. We hope to have visitors who have never been to an art gallery before as well as veteran gallery goers who have seldom if ever considered themselves as active participants in artistic creation,” says Nick Sousanis.

National and international artists participating in the show include: Rachel Alexander, Alana Bartol and Emily Linn, Alison Byrnes, Mark Dancey, Sara Blakeman, Krista Connerly, Neil Hennessy (Pac-Mondrian), Jack Johnson, Jacque Liu, Andrew Moskalik, Scott Northrup, Teresa Petersen, Sigrid Piroch, Cynthia Randolph and Andrew Simsak, Perry Rath, Mike Richison, Michael Sivak, Jen Thomas, the University of Michigan’s A&D Teams, Sambuddha Saha and Graem Whyte,

Other pieces will include works of art based on Fred Goodman’s games, and a piece by juror Andy Malone. Juror Nick Sousanis provides an essay on games in comic-book format.

Opening night events include interactive performance games with “people as pieces” conducted by Professor Goodman. A theatrical performance, “Play: Games are the Enemies of Beauty, Truth and Sleep” by Donald Barthelme, directed by Maureen Biermann. And a late night performance by Neil Hennessy as Ms. Pac-Mondrian.

Additionally, CAID’s sculpture garden will play host to an artist designed miniature golf course, featuring 9 holes designed by Detroit artists curated by sculptor Graem Whyte. In addition to this playable activity, artist designed putters and other extras will be on hand for sale. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit is celebrating its 27th year as a community based non-profit organization. CAID fosters and promotes the essential link between contemporary arts and contemporary society through its exhibitions, performances, critical and public discourse and the funding of contemporary arts and art related activities.

CAID is a 501c (3) certified non-profit organization.

For further details, contact the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit:
5141 Rosa Parks Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan 48208