"...games are a universe in themselves in which the individual has to find his place whether he likes it or not."
- Jean Chevalier, Alain Gheerbrant.
“Every important cultural gesture comes down to a morality, a model for human behaviour concentrated into a gesture.”
— Herman Hesse, The Glass Bead Game.
Games are a symbol of struggle against death, the elements and against the individual’s fears, desires, hopes and doubts. Like in everyday life, games work within a predetermined setting contrasting notions of rules and freedom. Moksha Patam is a game that was popular in ancient India that emphasised the role of fate or karma, destiny and desire, which was later popularised as Snakes and Ladders in the West.
Kha has designed a game for a solo player, reframing texts from a range of authors such as Salinger, Kerouac, Fitzgerald and Roy. The player’s movement is guided through the grid through a series of contemplations and instructions on cards to create an introspective, transient and personal performance.