Liliane Lijn
The Power Game   1970

The card game originally called Keys consists of 52 playing cards with a printed word on each side.

Cards are 10 x 7 cm

First performed in 1974 at the International Festival for Democracy in Chile, Royal College of Art, London in collaboration with Alistair Mackintosh.

A one hour video documentary of the performance The Power Game is distributed by Lux in VHS and Beta SP.
LUX, 3rd Floor, 18 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EZ

The performance of the Power Game holds a mirror to our preconceptions and our fantasies of power. There is no script, no actors, no rehearsals. I use people's normal behaviour and their reactions to the situation in which I place them. Fifteen people are invited and asked to come ‘power dressed’ to play a gambling game. The rules of the game are similar to Chemin de Fer.