19 June 2022

Caissartistic License

For this month's Flickr Favorite, I had two photos on the short list, neither of which I understood. Since I couldn't choose between them, I decided to use both.

Left: A Deeper Form of Chess, 2017 by Sanford Biggers © Flickr user Peter E under Creative Commons.
Right: Robots Playing Chess © Flickr user Joe Shlabotnik under Creative Commons.

The description of the photo on the left said,

Medium/Technique: Found quilt and assorted textiles, polystyrene, aqua resin, and tar [...] Description: Work is formed of two pieces: a found antique pieced quilt hanging behind a life size figural sculpture, painted with tar and patches of found quilt. When the sculpture is placed in alignment with the hanging quilt it creates an impression of intersection and blending as the quilt segments align.

What does that mean? Pass. It definitely looks like it has something to do with chess.

The description of the photo on the right said,

In a store at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.

That has nothing to do with the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It has everything to do with Las Vegas, Nevada. What I didn't understand about the photo: How do the robots move the pieces? Their arms are too short.

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