Power Game is a dynamic card game and improvised art performance, devised and performed by Liliane Lijn. Originally staged in 1974, and restaged at the ICA, London, in 2009, it explores the power of words and the politics of identity. Enter the casino: a glamorous setting of leafy palms, music, cocktails and cross-dressers. At the heart of the game are the invited players, who have been chosen for their wit, originality and status. The players, who in 1974 included Derek Jarman, bet their own money on the comparative power of two words, which is decided by a vote. You could buy chips and take part in the casino, or watch the action live in the BALTIC Café Bar.
Liliane Lijn moved from New York City to London in 1966. She studied archaeology at the Sorbonne and art history at the École du Louvre, Paris (1958). She became an artist in residence in a plastics factory, experimenting with fire and acids and working with light, poetry, movement and liquids between 1961 and 1963, rapidly establishing herself as a leading kinetic artist through many international exhibitions. She is recognised as an early pioneer of art and science, and in 2005 was awarded an Arts Council International Fellowship to become the first artist in Residence at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Her work is in the collections of The British Museum; Musée de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, amongst others.
Produced by AV Festival 10 and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Liliane Lijn’s work is represented by Riflemaker, London.