Originally staged during the Festival for Chilean Liberation at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1974, Power Game is both a game and a live, unrehearsed performance that uses gambling to investigate the politics of identity and power. Played as an altered game of Chemin de Fer using a pack of word cards devised by the artist, Power Game explores the meanings, misconceptions and the power and poetry of words through spectacle and play. At the heart of the game are invited players, who have been chosen for their wit, originality and influential economic, political or cultural standpoint.
On Friday 6 December, join artist Liliane Lijn for a live performance of Power Game at Tate Exchange. Become part of the performance, or grab a drink at the bar and watch the game unfold from the floor. On Saturday and Sunday, watch a screening of this Power Game along with previous iterations.
Power Game at Tate Exchange is part of A Year in Art: 1973, a display at Tate Modern that explores the range of responses by artists and activists to the 1973 coup d’etat in Chile. Taking this tumultuous moment as its departure point, the display demonstrates how artists around the world came together in solidarity networks to express dissent and bear witness.