LET’S PLAY — Book
LET’S PLAY, a novel game by the artistic director Christiane Nill and the photographer Lionel Henriod.
100 Swiss designers, architects and artists have been called upon to construct something out of old-fashioned wooden building blocks, constrained only by a few simple rules.
Over five years, Christiane and Lionel have taken LET’S PLAY to every corner of Switzerland. The selection of the players was subjective and based on a desire to reflect the various creative tendencies and currents present in every region of the country. Some of these players are established international figures; others are just beginning their careers.
Prior to a player’s arrival and while Lionel is setting up the mobile studio, Christiane carefully arranges the 270 blocks on a table and then covers them with a black sheet. This mise-en-place once completed, the player is ushered in to be photographed against a white backdrop. The sheet is then removed and the blocks are revealed. The game can now begin.
Each player has just thirty minutes to design and build a structure. Players can use some or all of the available pieces, but they must also incorporate three blocks chosen by the player who precedes them – though they can hide these within their structure if they wish. These three pieces constitute a sort of relay baton linking the players to each other, while also providing them with a stimulus as a point of departure. The playing surface on which they build their constructions is a rectangle. Once completed, their creation is photographed and then placed alongside their portrait to form a diptych.
The game’s wooden blocks are more than merely incidental; they are among the very oldest known play items and as such are richly evocative of childhood for all of us.
Copyright images © Christiane Nill & Lionel Henriod
Text from the press release.
Concept and art direction / Christiane Nill
Photography / Lionel Henriod
Text/ Michel Thévoz
Biographies of the players / Susanna Koeberle
Graphic design / Atelier Cocchi
Editors / Till Schaap Edition-Genoud & Visarte Vaud
Prepress & Printing / Genoud SA
Languages / English, German, French
Pages / 288