Game On!, Artspace New Haven’s City-Wide festival of open studios and commissioned projects will take place every weekend from October 7 – November 10, 2016.
Dubbed an exhibition the size of a city, Artspace’s annual City-Wide Open Studios posits new ways to forge intimate bonds between artists and audiences. This October, in sites across New Haven, Artspace presents an expansive series of interactive commissions, participatory games, workshops, demonstrations, and encounters, many inspired by the world of sports and games. Dozens of private studios, a former Erector Set toy factory, a 220,000 square foot vacant Armory, and artist-run venues will be open to the public.
Several notable commissioned projects foster interactions between strangers. Megan Craig’s The Way Things Felt invites up to 45 participants to don felted costumes and contribute to the creation of a collage in a 32 foot long room. Christie DeNizio animates the Goffe Street Armory’s historic basketball court, prompting participants to shoot balls into a giant mesh tube that connects the opposing hoops and suspends the objects in midair. Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich’s Total Jump is an arcade-style game that invites up to 8 people to jump and land at the exact same time. French duo Martin Chaput and Martial Chazallon, of Projet In Situ, present La Ronde, an immersive sensory audio tour that leads festival-goers to the Amory’s most evocative spaces.
City-Wide Open Studios also features 300+ artists who will open their studios and spaces to the public and share their diverse practices over each October weekend.