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RADAR: Public Domestic by Emma Smith - Sunday 26th May

14 May 2013

Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon (26th May 2013, 2-5pm - Cayley Dining Hall, Loughborough University) of art, games, film and food as artist Emma Smith concludes her Radar commission with the presentation of Public Domestic, a life-size, artwork-meets-boardgame. Become part of this fun, social experiment as you meet, converse, negotiate and navigate your way across the board.

Developed out of an extended residency in which Emma explored the domestic environments of the University as spaces of exchange and knowledge production, Public Domestic plays with our perceptions and understanding of social constructs and the nature of the individual as they are assimilated into a collective way of living.

Modelled on the aesthetics of kitchen floor tiles, this giant board game provides a meeting point or framework for two or more players to collectively find a way off the board. Working to a set of instructions and through a process of negotiation the players are asked to develop co-operative relationships with each other based on their differences rather than similarities in order to move their way across the board.  The game is only complete when ALL the players have left the board, placing the emphasis for success on a duty of care to assist one another and a sharing of differences.

Public Domestic has been developed through conversations with academics from the University’s Social Sciences department and Design School, and through a programme of ‘evening classes’ conceived in collaboration with a core group of students.