GO is an abstract strategy board game for two players in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. It was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and had a close connection with the laws of nature, politics and economics, strategy and intelligence. It is believed to be the oldest board game played consistently to the present day. The playing pieces are called “stones”. One player uses white and the other black, beginning on an empty board of grids. It has been claimed that GO is the most complex game in the world due to its vast number of variations. Its large board and lack of restrictions allow great diversity in strategy and expression of players’ individuality. The game proceeds until neither player wishes to make another move or resigns.
CORAMU has created a competition of their own inspired by the ideas of GO. The white and black stones used in GO are replaced with a white and black template used by each artist for their opening move. Consisting of a chain of photographs, each artist responds to the other’s previous image. One action must be made to the earlier image in the chain and the resulting images are exchanged simultaneously. Displayed in this collection are the first 17 exchanges of a longer conversation.
The GO project comments on the circulation and role of photography in an increasingly digital world and blends narrative, poetry and current events into a story of two friends engaged in a competition of building unpredictable images together.