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I’ll be at Haverford College as part of the exhibition & skee-ball tournament, And the Winner Is… (an exhibition about competition, cooperation, and community organized by John Muse & Matthew Callinan at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery).
Monday April 2, I’ll be giving an artists talk at 4:30 PM at the Humanities Center, Stokes 102.
Tuesday, April 3, I’ll be performing “Combat Log” in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery over the course of the afternoon,
Wednesday, April 4, I’ll be joining D. Graham Burnett, the Order of the Third Bird, and students to devote extremely close attention to an artwork, secretly chosen and unveiled on the spot, in Magill Library.
Randolph will create a “combat log” of the tournament, banging out a record of the games being played on her rickety manual typewriter. Part performance, part art-game, part drawing or poetry, her action will leave a long scroll of typed paper in its wake, a trace of what happened or might have happened. Games are ephemeral, but they leave tracks in the form of scores and statistics, recordings of images and play-by-plays. Online games like World of Warcraft automatically create textual records as you play, “combat logs,” which list every action in copious numerical detail. Scores and logs like these are relentlessly literal, yet abstract. They record only what is relevant to the outcome of the game; everything experiential is lost into memory and myth. Inspired by gaming combat logs, but also by the long typed scroll of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and the poems Frank O’Hara composed during his lunch hour on a sidewalk demo typewriter, Randolph will attempt the impossible task of capturing, on the fly, what is most salient about the game as it happens in real time.