Shuffle Summer '06

"Shuffle" is a work about the underlying pattern logic of the rules of many games and puzzles. The piece was enacted at the *Game Show* exhibit at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit

"Shuffle" manifests the steps required for 2 equal sets of distinct units arranged in a linear sequence on opposing sides with a single blank position between them to completely interchange their positions given the constraints of:

(1) The ability to advance into a blank position either by moving a single position, or by side-stepping a single unit of the opposing side

(2) The inability to retreat

The total number of steps required for such a transformation (including the starting configuration) = the square of (the number of units per set + 1).

"Shuffle" is effectively an overdetermined puzzle, the object of which is to get the player(s) to realize the pattern and generate the artwork within the timeframe they might plausibly devote to such a problem in the context of an art exhibition. The scale of the piece encourages collaborative and cumulative effort, and turns mathematical problem-solving into performance

"Shuffle" manifests the steps required for 2 equal sets of distinct units arranged in a linear sequence on opposing sides with a single blank position between them to completely interchange their positions given the constraints of:

(1) The ability to advance into a blank position either by moving a single position, or by side-stepping a single unit of the opposing side

(2) The inability to retreat

The total number of steps required for such a transformation (including the starting configuration) = the square of (the number of units per set + 1).

"Shuffle" is effectively an overdetermined puzzle, the object of which is to get the player(s) to realize the pattern and generate the artwork within the timeframe they might plausibly devote to such a problem in the context of an art exhibition. The scale of the piece encourages collaborative and cumulative effort, and turns mathematical problem-solving into performance