July 29th, 2009

The Lying Down Game

Posted in Art and Design, Canada, Public Space, Society and Culture by Christopher DeWolf

Lying Down Game

Lying Down Game

Photos by Neath at Walking Turcot Yards

It’s easy to read a lot into the Lying Down Game (otherwise known as planking), in which people lie face down in odd places. You could see it as relational art that challenges our preconceptions of how to behave in public space. You could see it as a comment on internet-based cultural globalization. Or you could see it as a silly web trend. Whatever the case, it’s strangely fun to look at.

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  1. Cedric says:

    Isn’t that like the pushups phenomenon in China? http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_4d1b21a90100a6as.html

    It happened last year during the time around the Weng’an mass incident…

    July 29th, 2009 at 10:30 am

  2. C. Szabla says:

    I was thinking it sounded somewhat like a passive version of parkour.

    July 29th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

  3. Christopher DeWolf says:

    Parkour for lazy people…

    July 29th, 2009 at 11:24 pm

  4. Neath says:

    I actually played and have to say it is much much, more involved that you might think just looking at it. It really does challenge your public limitations and I strongly recommend it. And you picked the best pictures, I did it too, but am not going to pretend to be good at it, lol.

    August 4th, 2009 at 10:49 pm