Playing Duchamp by Scott Kildall


“I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.”
— Marcel Duchamp

Playing Duchamp is a 2010 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website. Marcel Duchamp is widely recognized for his contribution to conceptual art, but his lifelong obsession was the game of chess, in which he achieved the rank of Master. Working with the records of his chess matches, Scott Kildall has created a computer program to play chess as if it were Marcel Duchamp. In a series of open challenges, he invites all artists, both skilled and unskilled at this classic game, to play against a Duchampian ghost.