Performed, Shot, Edited, Streamed in Real-Time
Saturday April 17th 2021 | 19:00 CET | Maximum Duration: 8 Hours
“Let us consider this waiter in the cafe. His movement is quick and forward, a little too precise, a little too rapid... He bends forward a little too eagerly, his voice, his eyes express an interest a little too solicitous for the order of the customer. Finally there he returns, trying to imitate in his walk the inflexible stiffness of some kind of automaton while carrying his tray with the recklessness of a tightrope walker… all his behaviour seems to us a game… He is playing, he is amusing himself. But what is he playing? We need not watch long before we can explain it: he is playing at being a waiter in a cafe.”
(Sartre, Being and Nothingness, London: Methuen, 1957)
Six people at a table play a live game of poker. Real money is at stake.
The players perform. They bet, they bluff, they win, they lose. Time passes. Actions repeat.
Multiple cameras follow the game, tracking the characters gestures, expressions and actions. In Table Games, cinematic devices attempt to translate the live performance into the language of cinema, all decisions are made in real time.