The Game of Art

Ditte Ejlerskov &

»This is the Game of Art. Right now, in front of this monitor, you are a player yourself. Hope you are familiar with the rules, because there is now one to help you. Do you want to enter the next level? Well, we all do!«

In a certain sense, Ejlerskov is not at the starting point of 'The Game of Art' but has finished it: she has reached the next level, the next exhibition, the next successful participation in a competition. The artist adapts in a witty manner the structure and style of computer games in order to deliver an ironic commentary about the art world. Ejlerskov inverts the increasingly perfect, digital imitation of real spaces, surfaces and movements. She now copies the virtual world and embodies the avatar herself. Equally, her playing field is not virtual but real: it is her studio. On the way to it, paint, artist's outfit and courage must be gathered. The rules of the game and the criteria for attaining points remain indeed as mysterious as was announced at the beginning. Thus The Game of Art comments humorously on the sometimes incomprehensible mechanisms of the art world and the blurred principles in assigning artistic merits. And ... the artist wins. (Dorothée Brill)

About the video

Title The Game of Art
Year 2003
Videonale VIDEONALE.10
Length 00:02:10
Format 4:3
Country Sweden,
Language English
Courtesy the artist
Specifications color, sound, single-channel video

About the artist

Ditte Ejlerskov
  • 1982 in Frederikshavn, DEN.
    Studied at the Konsthögskolan Malmö, SWE, at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York, USA, and at Det Fynske Kunstakademi, Odense, DEN