LET'S ROLL at NIGHT, 2016

with GAME NIGHT at Come Out and Play, Brooklyn, NY

EVERYONE'S A WINNER

Presented with Game Night at the annual game festival, Come Out and Play in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY. This game of chance was simple:

  1. Share 25 thoughts
  2. Roll the die
  3. Win a prize. EVERY ROLL WINS!

There were three prize tiers, which pitted my work against snacks (as prizes). Winners were able to choose their prize, like at an arcade or carnival.

  • Roll Red and choose from a Roller Coaster Poster, a Winner Eraser, or a box of Cracker Jacks (with a prize inside!).
  • Roll Green and choose from a Button or a Candy Necklace.
  • Roll Blue and choose from three different Postcards, a Don’t Honk if You’re Horny Party Pack (includes a Bumper Sticker and Noisy and Silent Party Blowers, depending on your mood), or a Tootsie Pop.

My game cost no money to play; instead, patrons were asked to log 25 of their thoughts on a worksheet in order to participate. People were prompted by the words, “I think…” at the top of the page, and a table sign had other prompts such as, music,  guns, technology, someone you like, climate, existence, TV, race, the world, vacation, fashion, feelings, religion, dessert, and art. Several people started off with, “I think I can,” and at about the halfway point thoughts moved to “My hand hurts.” Coincidentally multiple people write about the bubbles from my bubble machine starting around the 19 thoughts. One poetic person’s consecutive thoughts even seemed to slant rhyme::

11. I like my friend Diddy.

12. Diddy likes me less than I like him.

13. I want to visit Paris.

14. I want to visit Berlin.

I was so impressed with how much of themselves each of the 150 players put into their 25 thoughts—that’s 3750 thoughts shared in a single night! Once this task was completed, they rolled an oversized dice to win prizes—but they always had a choice among many, like at a carnival midway, arcade, or on a gameshow. They could choose a snack or one of my original art multiples. I presided somewhat like a circus barker or Monty Hall: “Everyone’s a winner!” Wary of freebies, suspicious of giveaways, but always keeping an eye out for novelty or deals, each participant was able to make a personal selection. I am not interested in keeping track of what people choose—rather, I’m simply interested in providing that choice. The collected thoughts will eventually be bound into a book, with a companion workbook for the reader to collect his/her own thoughts.