[mapscotch] – [bombscotch]

[mapscotch] – [bombscotch]

ongoing performance series
dimensions variable

Using the old street game of hopscotch as a model in this series, players either design their own versions of a hopscotch or encounter one in the gallery. [mapscotch: bombscotch] asks players to remember instances of US military atrocities. 

One instance of the instruction set is [bombscotch], focused on mass violence; another is focused on US military atrocities.

The potential for play to act as a tool for empowerment, community building, collaboration, and cultural change is a significant motivating factor in my location-based media projects. Play can always also be critical. Thinking that embodiment is a great means to experience such a critique by making challenging topics more visceral and experiential, I created[mapscotch], a set of rule-based, site-specific games which generate public discussion on contemporary social issues.


  • Playmode, Bank of Brazil Cultural Center, Belo Horizonte, Brazil touring: Belo Horizonte, 30 March to 7 June 2022; Rio de Janeiro, 19 July to 12 October 2022; São Paulo 25 October 2022 to 9 January 2023; Brasília 1 February to 2 April 2023
  • Mapscotch happening (performance), Organon 3 Handbook launch, Berlin Felldfünf, 15 July 2021
  • Playmode, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, Portugal, October 2019
  • 52 Artists 52 Actions, Confinementscotch (critical hopscotch on video), Artspace, Sydney, Australia, January 2018- January 2019
  • Push Play, Vicki Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, October 12 – December 31 2017
  • Push Play, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle, Washington, January 12 – March 4 2017
  • Museum London, London, Ontario, Canada, January 30 – May 8 2016
  • The Rooms, Provincial Art Gallery Division in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, May 27 – August 28, 2016
  • Free Play, College of Wooster Art Museum January 18 – March 6 2015
  • Free Play, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, April 25 – August 3 2015
  • Free Play, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, October 1 – November 6 2015
  • Free Play, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania, 2014
  • Free Play (Public Street Game), ICI, Henry Gallery, Seattle, Washington, June 2013
  • Conflux Festival, New York, New York, 2007


MAAT’s Playmode Exhibition Intertwines Art and Games,” Cool Hunting, January 13 2020.
Marchese, Kieron. “ ‘ping pond’ and other twisted classics at MAAT’s playmode exhibition,Designboom, January 12 2020.