Fun and Games by stephen carley on Newspaper Club

December 2013.

'I have a gun and a silver bullet...’

'This is a total nonsense of a game, it has no logic that the man in the street will understand.'
Modern Gamers Magazine

'It uses a set of ludicrous rules made up by unqualified people - it just doesn't make any sense and the contestants seem lost and insecure.'
The Daily Male

'The materials and craftsmanship are so crap I thought he was simply having a laugh.'
DIY Master Magazine

'This will fail...'
Letter to Self

This, the latest 'installation' from Stephen Carley is a kind of game. It has a huge list of 'props' that you can (theoretically at least) 'play with'. Please see tabloid newspaper for details. Unfortunately he can't decide on the rules so you can sort that out for him can't you? Please see huge blackboard and sticks of chalk. Best handwriting please.

He's made 'Fun and Games' out of clay and cardboard and flimsy wooden structures and blackboards and chalk and bubble wrap and a newspaper and gold paint and yellow / black warning tape and biro graffiti and the word 'etc' on canvas and anti-vandal paint and lead and rope and light bulbs and bin bag plastic and 'do you wanna be in my gang' and a 'selfie' and a few other things as well which he was still sorting out as he asked me to write this...

It's taken him quite a long time to make so far and cost a 'few bob' as well - that may well influence what you think of it.

He told me it was something to do with 'It's a Knockout' and 'education' and 'protest' and 'value' (“whatever that means”, he said) and 'holy books' and 'solutions' to all our troubles.

He also said to me, "Can I justify all of this by just saying, 'let's see what happens', or 'I'm not sure what I'm doing really or why I'm doing it', or 'this may well fail, please forgive me'.”

'Fun and Games' is dedicated to the memory of Keith Hayman.

Fun and Games

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December, 2013, 2-4pm.
Preview - Friday 13th December, 5-7pm.
Ribcage Studio
Gordon Works, 49 Valley Road, Meersbrook, Sheffield, S8 9FT.