Game Theory A guide
Game Theory a guide, is an artist book based on the game Rock, Paper, scissors. I use this game as a metaphor for the simple but complicated logic of the games children and adults play. I asked friends and neighbors about this game in their home countries. Many times they remembered striking details of the game from their childhood. Often, they had some variation on the game, but with the same rules, like elephant, human, ant from India or general, gun, surrender from Burma. During the cold war era The RAND corporation financed by the U.S. government set up a think tank for devising mathematical calculations for trying to decide the outcome of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The beginning for this theory was called “Game Theory”, devised by John, Von Neumann. Today the threat of nuclear proliferation persists among neighboring countries. Something they all share from history is their own version of rock paper scissors. This book is a meditation on the logic of the games we play at every level. This can be the kid who uses rock, paper, scissors to decide who will go first. Game Theory ends with thoughtful provoking questions for the logic nations decide for peace or war with their neighbors.
Artist Book Etching, white ground, dry point, soft ground, mezzotint and letterpess
Accordion-fold hinged with Japanese paper
Hand made paper by Dieu Donne Etching and dry point for case box. 6 ½ x 6 7/8 depth 3 7/8 inches
Etching and dry point. Hand made paper by Dieu Donne
Letterpress Times New Roman
Yale University, Duke University