Joel Kern (JKDS)

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This website contains the visual outcomes from the hybrid practice of Joel Kern. These works include in-progress and completed projects from various points in his career. Works included are from his tenure at Krewe, MTWTF, as well as freelance and self-authored works over the past 10 years. 

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Duchampian Chess
An Audio & Visual Replay

Client: Sef-Authored
Collaborators: David Preli
Status: On-going
Year: 2018
Tag: Media

In 2009 the exhibition, Marcel Duchamp: Chess Master, opened at the St. Louis University Museumof Art and at the Francis M. Naumann Fine Art Gallery.  This occasion lead to publishing the book Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess written by Francis M. Naumann and Bradley Bailey. This book provides fifteen unique games of chess played by Duchamp between 1922 and 1963. These specific games have been chosen to offer additional information into Duchamp’s thinking as both an prolific artist and chess master. The games have been meticulously analyzed by Jennifer Shahade, providing the data for our inquiry.

Interested in the all the concepts of chess as well as those of Duchamp as an artist I have chosen to replay the first of the fifteen of games in collaboration with David Preli, a pianist and materials scientist at Yale. Game 1 has been abstracted into three distinct forms: an audio recording, a motion sequence anda printed guide.

This is the first of the fifteen chess games published in Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess. Game 1 was played in 1922 at the Metropolitan Tournament in New York City between Marcel Duchamp (White) and Martin Schroeder (Black). This game consists of 41 moves from each player resulting in Duchamp (White) resigning after Schroeder (Black) 41st move.