Glass Bead Game

1996 Summer Olympic Games, Atlanta / Spiral Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo / Arco Electronico, Madrid / Serpentine Gallery, London

For this interactive performance installation I wove a “Magic Mantle” (Kimono) from my favorite books and quotes. Visitors could contribute to the installation via Internet and create virtual beads from texts and poems, generated by a computer program. A comprehensive essay about this piece was published by MIT Press in the book Conversations at the Castle. I wanted to create a space where there is no winner and no loser, an Olympic game for everyone to participate from everywhere — to be present regardless of space or time.