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Ling Tan

Playing Democracy

Playing Democracy is a giant two player game of Pong, exploring the principles of democracy.

The installation by artist Ling Tan brings into question ideas around social structures, collective responsibility and agency in participation. Players can adjust its fairness, equality and freedom parameters to increase the difficulty of the game. By working together the game can be played longer, or players can compete to win.

Ling Tan's work explores social engagement, technology, citizen participation and politics. She has exhibited internationally and developed projects using wearable technology and collective participation.

Commissioned in Partnership with Lumen Art Projects    

Projections by Christie


Photo of young people dressed up with lights

Watch: Ling Tan’s work with technology and civic issues

Watch a behind the scenes of SUPERGESTURES, Ling Tan’s previous multimedia performance which asks residents to question their place within a city.