What themes are at play in a game of chess? In what ways does chess operate as a metaphor for life beyond the game? Is a game of chess ever just a game of chess?
Artists Jess Olivieri and Malcolm Whittaker have teamed up with the UTS Chess Club to explore gameplay, academia and contemporary art over two months of chess games and conversation. The outcome of their collaboration is A Game of Chess, a UTS ART Live performance in which four Chess Club members and four UTS academics – Kristine Aquino and Jennifer Newman, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Frank Zeichner, Faculty of Engineering and IT; Jacqueline Gothe, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building – expose the theatre of chess through a series of competitive matches in the public foyer of the UTS Tower. During each game, the academics have been challenged to convey their research to each student through the framework of chess.
The discussions and meta-discussions that take place – ranging in theme from business strategy, to racism and the legacy of colonisation in Australia – will be broadcast live through speakers and projected on screens.