Ignited by a childhood reading of 2001 a Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke), Thank You for a Very Enjoyable Game is a visual abstraction of a chess game between the space ship supercomputer HAL 9000 and the astronaut Dr. Frank Poole.
30 chess boards inlaid with colored Formica, are positioned in a linear formation tracking the moves made in the chess game. A discrete audio soundtrack chimes (like a ‘chess clock’ timer) signifying a move has been made by a player. Each square has a designated audio note (the chess board spanning eight octaves) and is derived from Tingsha, the cymbals used in prayer and rituals by Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. The chime was specifically chosen to emphasize the contemplative nature of the game of chess.
Mixed Media (board, Formica)