Chess therapy I

Series: 
Echécothérapie
Performance type: 
Performance
Free tags: 
échecs
Creator: 
Bruno Mendonça
Performer: 
Bruno Mendonça
Witness: 
Dominique Angel
Jean Mas
Serge III Oldenburg
Producer: 
Bruno Mendonça
Theoretical background: 

The concept of "chess therapy" (also "failure therapy") is a therapeutic approach which will be continued in two nursing homes in Pergomas, as well as in a Parisian hospital as recreation for the young patients. The data will be refined in the course of various interventions with blind people and with autistic youth, for whom a dance following a game of chess allowed them to reposition themselves socially.

Occurence: 
Documents: 

carton d'invitation

Type: 
Imprimé
Technique description référence: 
carton d'invitation
MENDON

plan

Type: 
Manuscrit
Technique description référence: 
plan
MENDON
Description: 

Twenty club players and artists have been invited to the Gallery “CALIBRE 33 is it art?” to play matches of chess as part of the concept “Chess therapy.” The twenty players would make their respective moves, and each time I came to one, I would respond immediately and move on to my next opponent. This continued until the end of the matches, whether they ended by abandonment, by dullness, or by repeating the same move three times resulting in naught. The twenty matches have been won. The relaxed atmosphere of the Gallery drove me to develop certain aspects of my work which will then be built upon until today. Refining the playing conditions, playing always with the black pieces, bending the constraints of the game (time, competence of my opponents, number of participants...). The largest number of players met at once was 100 in Besançon in 1981.