- Date: Thursday 30 November 2023
- Location: Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
- Interval: Every day
- Until: Friday 1 December 2023
- Cost: Free
AT PLAY is an installation created by fine art student Naomi Marchbank that invites people to play a board game – an unusual game which cannot be won.
Rather than competing, visitors will have the opportunity to create compositions together.
The rules of the game vary with each sitting, and the results of play are equally varied. Visitors to the installation become part of a generative system, producing a vast set of results from the structured format of an 8 x 8 grid, and the simple geometry of circles and squares.
AT PLAY explores the relationships between individuals and structure, human imperfection and mathematical perfection, restriction and immensity – whilst creating a dataset of compositions which can be investigated and manipulated in future projects.
About the artist
Naomi Marchbank is a final year BA Fine Art with History of Art student at the University of Leeds who has returned from an Erasmus+ year in Budapest.
She is fascinated with grids and geometry and investigates using these to create abstract experiences, exploring how rigid structures can become a site for infinite exploration.
Thursday 30 November, 10:00–17:00
Friday 1 December, 12:00–19:00
Games night/private view: Friday 1 December, 17:00–19:00
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
Naomi Marchbank, ‘A game which cannot be won’. Image courtesy of the artist.