Friday 23 November + Saturday 24 November: GAME / Friday 23 November at 5 pm: Book presentation / Palimpsest: a game of reading and writing / by Viki Semou (DAI, 2010) / Location: Festival of Independents / Kunstvlaai 2012

tag: Amsterdam

Language: English

Location: (former) Sint Nicolaas Lyceum, Prinses Irenestraat 21, 1077WT Amsterdam

Time of the book presentation :Friday 23 November 5 pm

Where: DAI's classroom A 2-9

Time of the game : Friday 23 November + Saturday 24 November all day

Where: DAI's classroom A 2-9

"Palimpsest: a game of reading and writing"

a game for sharpening our communication through objects

a book for exploring the richness and the limits of such a communication

Book presentation by viki semou, on Friday the 23rd, 17.00.


The project 'Palimpsest: a game of reading and writing' is a game which is played on a website and with a box that looks like a book that contains objects. The players read the story that the objects of the book-box tell to them, continue it by adding one more object, write their complete story on the project's website and give the book-box away to someone that wants to play the game.

The players reconstruct the systems of value and meaning reflected on objects, as well as the events, actions and the time passing inscribed on them. The life-story around the objects of the box is recreated from the fragmented traces left in the present, and like a forensic scientist, each player is challenged to solve the enigma behind a scene of crime, where miniscule details become enormously important.

The visitors of the kunstvlaai are invited to play the game and participate in the reading and writing of its story on Friday the 23rd and on Saturday the 24th in room A2-9.


Viki Semou is an artist, architect and independent researcher. Her work comprises performance, installations and interventions in the public space. The participation of the audience is often asked through tasks that they have to carry out. In this case, the artwork is completed by its 'use'. Regularly, her projects expand in various forms to underline different aspects of the issue at stake. She is interested in the ways values, attitudes, and power relations are inscribed on space and objects, while one of her recurring research topics concerns Home in an Era of Movement.