Project Description

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

THE WORK

For the future of our country we compete against the consumer wash of the High Street and the empty silence of the commuter belt.
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.
A custom built table tennis table is towed around the streets and public spaces of five British cities. Members of the public are invited to stand their ground – reclaiming public space and creating an exciting community event together. We take winning seriously with game stats and edited video highlights uploaded online. Can you stand your ground against the Global Players?
Whilst the intention was for further national tours leading up to the UK olympics… we never made it. Perhaps we were usurped by a better funded set of tables launched nationally in 2012. But we still have the table and the glory! Please get in touch if you fancy a game…

Photography Tim Dollimore and Blind Ditch

PARTNERS

Made in partnership with: Creative Torbay, Exeter Phoenix Arts and Media, The Basement – Brighton, Chapter – Cardiff and Plymouth City Council.

EVENTS

  •  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

PROJECT LINKS

Project website: Global Player.

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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.”

Dr Simon Persighetti, Wrights & Sites

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…”

Augusto Corrieri

“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.”

Volkhardt Müller, Global Player

“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…”

Tim Dollimore, Global Player

PEOPLE

Concept Volkhardt Müller in collaboration with associate artists Tim Dollimore and Augusto Corrieri, and producer Paula Crutchlow.
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.

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RELATED EVENTS

Search Party – durational table tennis performance 2009
Ping! UK based national table tennis initiative 2012-present.
POPP outdoor ping pong in Australia 2016.

RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

…developing Ghost Train with Thelma Hulbert Gallery and East Devon District Council. Please Get In Touch if you have memories or thoughts on the former Avocet line between Exmouth and Sidmouth.

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RIGHT NOW WE ARE…

…developing Ghost Train with Thelma Hulbert Gallery and East Devon District Council. Please Get In Touch if you have memories or thoughts on the former Avocet line between Exmouth and Sidmouth.

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