A Game We Play
Mat Rappaport , 2012
a game we play treats the Chicago Financial District like a 2D game board and maps the local brokerage houses and banks. Placed along the most direct path to reach each institution, are virtual coins based on the Mario video games. When a “player” comes to one of the financial institutions and looks through their mobile device at the building facade they will see that the building has been blurred out; a gesture of erasure which functions to draw additional attention.
Mat Rappaport’s art work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and public spaces including the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslavia. His current work utilizes mobile video, performance and photography to explore habitation, perception and power as related to built environments. Rappaport is a co-initiator of V1B3 [www.v1b3.com], which seeks to shape the experience of urban environments through media based interventions.
Rappaport has published essays in the iDMAa Journal and a chapter in the book Beyond Globalization: Making New Worlds in Media, Art and Social Practices by Rutgers University Press.
He has received fellowships from the Howard Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund, the Montgomery County Ohio Cultural District, and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies. Rappaport received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame. Rappaport is an Associate Professor at Columbia College in Chicago.