Global Player (2008)
Reclaiming public space through ping pong. Stand your ground against the Global Players!
Context: alternative forms of trade, care and enlivening of public spaces, fun and conversation
Places where neighbourhood can’t happen on the street.
Places that keep our heads down and tunnel our vision.
With their uncomfortable street furniture and corporate policing they resist our need to think and be.
Photography Tim Dollimore and Blind Ditch
- 24th July 2008 Global player takes on Space Invaders – Creative Torbay Public Art exhibition, Torquay Town Centre
- 1+2nd August 2008 Global Player takes on Exeter City Centre
- 5th August 2008 Global Player takes on Brighton City Centre
- 6th August 2008 Global Player takes on the National Eisteddfodd, Cardiff
- 7th August 2008 Global Player takes on Exeter City Centre… again
- 8th August 2008 BBC Big Screen Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony, Plymouth City Centre
WHAT WAS SAID
“People want their town and city centres to be more than arenas for carbon copy chain stores, CCTV and corporate marketeers. The Global Player idea suggests a different kind of trade in the form of play, sport, debate and good conversation.”
The uniforms we are wearing…I realise this kind of disguise has its advantages. To the casual officer (policemen, security guards) we appear to be working for a company, which of course is reassuring to many. “Oh, it’s not a bunch of arrogant protesters or artists causing trouble; they are just people hired by a company to promote something…”
“Security take a considerable 15 minutes before they realise what’s going on and we celebrate our third round back through the mall before they finally close in.”
“I’ve been dreaming table tennis – spins, back hands, topspin smashes, twiddly wiered deceptive shots, ping-pong balls flying through the air!!! I awake in a pool of sweat and find that during my desturbed sleep i have developed a new serve… Today I put it to the test… dream on…”
Sound by John Levack Drever.
Global Player guest in Cardiff Owen Griffiths.
Table designed and built by John Packer.
Web concept Daniel Harris and Volkhardt Muller, designed and built by The Media Workshop.