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Jurors for Game Show are celebrated game designer and University of Michigan Professor of Education Emeritus Fred Goodman along with CAID Board Members Nick Sousanis and Andy Malone. "Game Show is designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds and to create a hub of communal activity around the gallery. We hope to have visitors who have never been to an art gallery before as well as veteran gallery goers who have seldom if ever considered themselves as active participants in artistic creation, " says Nick Sousanis. National and international artists participating in the show include: Rachel Alexander, Alana Bartol and Emily Linn, Alison Byrnes, Mark Dancey, Sara Blakeman, Krista Connerly, Neil Hennessy ( Pac-Mondrian ), Jack Johnson, Jacque Liu, Andrew Moskalik, Scott Northrup, Teresa Petersen, Sigrid Piroch, Cynthia Randolph and Andrew Simsak, Perry Rath, Mike Richison, Michael Sivak, Jen Thomas, the University of Michigan's A&D Teams, Sambuddha Saha and Graem Whyte, Other pieces will include works of art based on Fred Goodman's games, and a piece by juror Andy Malone. Juror Nick Sousanis provides an essay on games in comic-book format. Opening night events include interactive performance games with "people as pieces" conducted by Professor Goodman. A theatrical performance, "Play: Games are the Enemies of Beauty, Truth and Sleep" by Donald Barthelme, directed by Maureen Biermann. And a late night performance by Neil Hennessy as Ms. Pac-Mondrian. Additionally, CAID's sculpture garden will play host to an artist designed miniature golf course, featuring 9 holes designed by Detroit artists curated by sculptor Graem Whyte. In addition to this playable activity, artist designed putters and other extras will be on hand for sale. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit is celebrating its 27th year as a community based non-profit organization. CAID fosters and promotes the essential link between contemporary arts and contemporary society through its exhibitions, performances, critical and public discourse and the funding of contemporary arts and art related activities. To expand on this claim, for many years I have been fascinated by a statement made by James G. Miller when he was Director of the University of Michigan's Mental Health Research Institute, "There is no such thing as structure; there are only slower processes." Similarly, I have been fascinated by the philosopher and educator John Dewey's assertion that far more is likely to be learned about a thing or an event that is named by a noun when the noun is turned into a verb. The word mind when considered as a noun cannot even be located. ( The brain can; but the brain is not synonymous with the mind. ) But consider the following: Mind your manners? Do you mind? Please mind the baby while I go out. The verb mind reminds us to consider processes not structure and the net effect of the events called to mind by the verb mind becomes the thing called to mind by the noun. Another of Dewey's favorite examples is the word object. A thing doesn't even become an object until it objects into our consciousness, until it becomes an event. A single needle in a forest of pine trees isn't experienced as an object unless it is called to our attention. An experienced lawyer turns a thing someone says into a case-saving event by calling out, "I object." All this is captured beautifully by the idea of a game for a game is a set of rules that establishes a structure designed to set in motion a complex web of processes 'be they forward passes, home runs, bulls' eyes, checkmates, trumped tricks or bankruptcies in Monopoly. But nothing better illustrates Miller's claim about there being no such thing as structure than the ever evolving process of rule making that constitutes the history of the game of baseball. So when I clai
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