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Charcoal Chess Tournament

Charcoal Chess Tournament
Hart House Reading Room
Time: Apr 24th, 6:00 pm End: Apr 24th, 12:00 am
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Geography & Planning (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Communications, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS)
Performance art and artist talk by Lee Walton

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre are pleased to present

Charcoal Chess Tournament and Pre-Game Artist Talk with Artist Lee Walton

Charcoal Chess Tournament
Friday, April 24, 6:00 pm – midnight
Reading Room, Hart House
Co-presented with the Hart House Chess Club

Walton invites chess players of all levels to play in the Charcoal Chess Tournament – a unique experiment celebrating the beauty of chess and art.
This tournament is real chess – but with a twist!  All games will be played on paper, rather than physical chess pieces on chessboards. To start each game, players simply draw pieces on the paper.  To make a move – just erase and re-draw the piece in another square.  When you capture your opponent’s piece, you get to erase it off the board.  The gallery will take care of all your needs -- you can just show up and channel your inner Bobby Fischer!
The drawings document the action of each game through smudges, erasure marks and scrawling chess pieces lined up along the page. The tournament examines drawing in multiple ways as a tool for the communication of abstract ideas through the representation of symbols; recording process of history and time through physical material and mark-making; translation of meaning across different languages (art and chess); and politics of aesthetics and authorship.
Visit Lee Walton's website for more information about the tournament, or to watch video documentation from a previous Charcoal Chess Tournament that took place at Bethel University with the Minnesota Chess Club. Who will win this year’s tournament?
To register for the tournament, please email jmb.utac.info@utoronto.ca
Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 21.
Spectators welcome.

Pre-Game Artist Talk with Lee Walton

Rethinking Systems: Play and Media

Thursday, April 23, 2:30 – 4:00 pm (Note: this is a day before the tournament)
East Common Room, Hart House
Join Lee Walton in a talk about the use of humour, games and strategic mapping in his artistic practice.


FREE Bus to Doris McCarthy Gallery for opening reception of You Speak / I Dance
Departs Hart House at 5:30pm. First come, first served.

After the artist talk, a FREE bus will depart from Hart House for the Doris McCarthy Gallery (University of Toronto Scarborough campus) for the opening reception of You Speak / I Dance, curated by MVS Curatorial Studies student Nam-In Kim.

The bus will depart from the Doris McCarthy Gallery at 8:00pm, returning to Hart House.


These events are free and open to all.  Registration is requested for participation in the Charcoal Chess Tournament. For more information, please contact the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at (416) 978-8398.

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These events are held in conjunction with the Jackman Humanities Institute annual theme for 2014-2015: Humour, Play, and Games.

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