GAME 6 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
In early 2019 we met with the vienna based shoe designer Elizaveta FATEEVA to discuss a possible future collaboration. It instantly clicked and we started the developing ideas for an upcoming series. “New Essentials” was born. The idea was to look at great moments in sports history and try to translate them into the present. We started with chess. The match was Bobby Fischer vs Boris Spassky, Russia vs USA. It took place in 1972, during the cold war and was therefore marked by its political significance. But not only was this match a political one, the beauty and tranquility in the sixth game overshadowed the ongoing battle between these two giants. By playing a “game of placid beauty” the very eccentric Bobby Fischer turned around a certain loss and in the end even won the tournament.
The project began initially with a game of chess as the setting. We wanted to introduce the shoes as characters in the play, so we decided to search for a life sized chess board.
Soon it was pretty clear that the actual scene has to take place in a more classical setting. We found the historical hall of the Metro Kino Kulturhaus combined both, the reduced design of FATEEVA’s DEF04MS02 and the potential to work as a cabinet. A sort of imaginarium, where the outer world isn’t represented and time is just another protagonist in the act.
After the story and the characters were set, we started producing. Anton Defant as Borris Spassky and Marek Majersky ( Das Deck ) as Bobby Fischer. On the first look, the scenes should seem like a TV live event. The setting gets deconstructed by disengaging sound from image and displaying time as a variable. Objects are not where they should be. The clocks symbolise change, they break the rhythm, modify the next move. Playing with time, the camera settings monitor the scene, moving clockwise.
A reappearing character will be our host. He should be the one that guides you through the New Essentials series. A slightly odd but pleasant individual, a welcoming face to start with.
“Cheat sheet” with the moves of fisher (white) and spassky (black).
The project was first presented at the 2019 Take Festival Vienna, which took place at the old “Sofienspital” hospital . The attendants were given different empty patient rooms. Rather than working against the room, we wanted to build an installation that interacts and focuses on the advantages of the place. So we decided to build a hotel room.
Postcard and Invitation for the festival.
© POTF 2019