WHAT IS THE RANDOM THOUGHTS GAME?
random thoughts is a series of small paintings (8 x 8") on wood (panels).
As I began making these paintings,
I thought of them: not only as individual pieces, but as building blocks
that the viewer could arrange in any configuration that pleased them.
Infact, they reminded me of magnetic poetry (a bunch of words on magnets that are used to create poetry on any magnetic surface),
so I decided to see what would happen … what visually poetry could be created … from these little squares … by YOU!!!!
They can be arranged in any way that pleases you:
just one alone
or in groups of any number and in any configuration .
I thought it might be fun to build a collection of these visual "poems",
and so I invite you to play the random thoughts game.
(if english is not your primary language
click here for a very simple version of the instructions)
HOW DO I PLAY ?
you must acquire the playing pieces,
these are 1¾" reproductions of the random thoughts series.
With the pieces you create your own configuration using as many (or as few) as you want.
You might simply submit a single piece, or use the complete set.
You might choose to order them in a single row or column, or create a grid of any dimensions.
Just use the pieces to make any arrangement that's pleasing to you.
Each piece is numbered, so the next step is for you to send your layout back to me.
You can do this by email or by snail mail (a submission card is included)
The easiest way (for most people) will to be to take a picture of your final submission and email that to me
click here for more detailed submission guidelines
When I receive your entry, I will post it on the random thoughts game blog.
I will include any information you like on your submission page:
name, age, profession, comments, url, e-mail,
whatever you send me.
nb: while each piece does have a specific orientation (identifiable by the verso placement of it’s #)
these are squares that were turned continually while being painted; you are invited to change their orientation as well.
THE PLAYING PIECES:
The playing pieces will be produced in limited editions, which will vary in number and images.
Sets are constructed (of course) at random.
Each set comes with:
- playing pieces
- a signed/numbered "certificate of authenticity" (think collector's item)
- a stamped postcard to respond via snail mail
Each edition comes in 2 flavors:
- jigsaw puzzle (card stock)
- magnetic poetry (refridgerator magnets).
At the moment, the jigsaw puzzle edition is free,
YES FREE! *
The magnetic poetry edition is available for $8.00 (which includes shipping)
The first edition is currently being offered:
it has 12 playing pieces: 3 of which have been completed since the game started and have never been exhibited.
it has been produced in a limited edition of 30 for both the jigsaw puzzle and the magnetic poetry versions.
and introducing the deluxe edition
12 pieces, 10 totally new, with its own playing board, click for details.
The prototype edition has been completely distributed,
it had 12 playing pieces and was produced in a limited edition of 20 for both the jigsaw puzzle and the magnetic poetry versions.
Custom sets (view all current paintings)
are available by request:
*for first time players
HERE'S HOW TO ORDER:
I need your name & mailing address to send you the playing pieces.
(YES!!! international players welcome, :D)
If you want the free/jigsaw puzzle version, you may request it by email.
To order the magnet poetry version,
or if you have already received a free version
please send any recognized form of payment to:
Nina Meledandri/22 Wooster Street, 2C/New York, NY 10013
send an email with your request and you will receive an invoice payable through PayPal.
WHAT DOES IT COST?:
Anyone can play the random thoughts game for free!!!.
All first time players can request the current jigsaw puzzle version (on cardstock) and it will be sent to you completely free of charge.
if you want
the magnetic version (way cool)
you have already received a previous edition (awesome that you want another)
the price is $8.00 (US)
recognized forms of payment:
cold hard cash (foreign currency accepted, this is NY, I can get it exchanged, you are on the honor system to send me the right amount)
send me something you have made: a drawing, a photo, anything you think is fair
Curves has sent me code to create the protype for a virtual version of the game.
Check it out!!! (but be forewarned, it might not work correctly in any other browser than Internet Explorer)
To make this version, I used pieces from the first guest edition of the game, created by... you guessed it... Curves.
Please take a look, the playing pieces are beautiful and are raku (with marbles).
PLAY AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE
We currently have the beginnings of an applet that makes it possible to play the random thoughts game on-line, check it out.
This gives the end user the ability to virtually position the playing pieces on a grid, unfortunately it does not work in all browsers, and I would like to
the player to be able to push a button to save their configuration and
send it to me in an email.
Of course the next step would be to be able tocreate the submission posts dynamically.
If you can do this and would like to work in exchange for art, please contact me.