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Anna Moreno

An Awkward Game

A One-Week Project In Seven Consecutive Events


26/06/2015 –
– 01/07
An Awkward Game

An Awkward Game was a week-long performance on the intersection between table tennis and politics. Consisting of a series of public events and an installation on the political origins of the game.

The origins of table tennis are aligned with geopolitics: British aristocrat Ivor Montagu set the rules of the game in the 30s, as he believed it could help spread Communism over the world. He became a Soviet spy, befriending Trotsky, Chaplin and producing Hitchcock’s early films. When Mao established the game as China’s national sport it became a vital cog in his foreign policy, reaching its peak with the reestablishment of US-China relations through the exchange of table tennis players in 1971. In this project, Anna Moreno parallels diplomacy to dialogics, a term coined by Bakhtin also in the 30s meant to note how readers become engaged in a story by non-linear processes, and that is currently used in social sciences, stressing how dialogue itself enables the existence of ‘the other’.

The one week performance was scheduled as follows:


About Anna Moreno is based between Barcelona (SP) and The Hague (NL). Through talking about labor conditions in culture, the state of the economic crisis, and the value of art in the social sphere, her artistic practice deals with how ideology is embedded in our behaviour and how beliefs become formed. She addresses this symbolically in her work, and she is interested in how an artwork, from the point of view of events, is a snapshot of an intensive and ongoing process of concretization and individuation. Graduated in Fine Arts in the University of Barcelona in 2007, her research dissects the nature of the event as an artistic practice and the role of the artist as a moderator, like in the ongoing project Radical Colophon at Bauhaus (Weimar), SFMOMA (San Francisco), W139 (Amsterdam) and SASG (Seoul). She explores the capacities of the performative in video, installations, or lecture performances experimenting with the origins of the utterance and the disappearance of the speaker through disgregation of both agency and speech, like in Deface the Currenct at TENT (Rotterdam) or the ones at BINK36, Stroom den Haag (both in The Hague) and Can Felipa (Barcelona).


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