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Poker-Drawings (2006-09)

The Poker-drawings were my first series of maps that were non-geographical, network-based and to some extent language-oriented.

     Poker (the card game) has parallels to politics, finance and every area involving power-struggle or negotiations. It's a game about patterns of behaviour, communication and psychology, where each player has to confront both his own mind and the dynamics within a group of competetors.

     There are five basic acts in poker; bet, raise, call, check, and fold. Together they create a quite complex language, where each “word” can change meaning according to the context they are implied within.

     The Poker-Drawings translate the above-mentioned acts (and their consequences) into signs, directions and connections. A language created to describe the use of another language - that of the game.  

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