WORK: Dicework I

On Dicework I, 2008/05/12: The Role of Lawmaking in the Subversion of Chance

There are currently two types of rulesets: primary rulesets and meta-rulesets. Primary rulesets list instructions for the creation of a dicework. Normally only one ruleset will contribute to a specific dicework. Meta-rulesets introduce additional rules that adjust, modify, and/or negate one or more of the dictates present within a primary ruleset. Meta-rulesets undermine the authority of the dice in that the numerical result of a roll might demand a certain command listed in a primary ruleset to be carried out; however, a decree from a meta-ruleset will alter or nullify that command so that it cannot be executed. Certain exceptions appear in meta-rulesets that defer the meta-ruleset to various clauses present in primary rulesets. Occasionally primary rulesets may be written in such a way as to exert influence upon meta-rulesets. But if meta-rulesets are an attempt to sabotage the accidental will of the dice, they remain nothing more than a list of potential options. Ultimately the dice decide how the meta-rulesets will exert their influence. A balance of power is maintained between the deliberate and the accident. I am unable to act without the say-so of the dice, while the dice are unable to enforce without my contribution of actionable options.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I: Simple Ruleset 1 (No Deck). 2008.Dicework I: Simple Ruleset 1 (No Deck). 2008.

Requirements:

-4 six-sided dice, at least two of which must be unique in colour (one will be referred to as Unique Die 1, and the other as Unique Die 2).
-A painting surface.
-A variety of paints.
-A variety of brushes.
-Solvent.

Begin by rolling a single die. An even number establishes the orientation of the painting surface as landscape format, while an odd number establishes it as portrait format.

All subsequent rolls will involve all four dice. The outcome of each roll will instruct the painter as to how s/he shall proceed in creating the painting. Each roll represents a single step in the process. With the exception of a total wash/glaze over the painting surface (which must be completed in its entirety), each step ends at either the painter’s discretion or when the paint brush requires recharging with paint and/or solvent. The dice are then rolled again to establish what to do next.

When all four dice are rolled, the choice of the following options is determined:

Unique Die 1:

Establishes the size of brush utilised by the painter. A roll of 1 indicates the smallest size, while a roll of 6 indicates the largest size. Any number in between corresponds to a brush size proportionally scaled between the smallest and largest sizes.

Unique Die 2:

A roll of 1 or 6 results in no paint but only clean solvent being applied by the technique demanded by the dice (see below) for the duration of this turn. Any other outcome results in the use of paint in the application of technique. Choice of colour is left to the discretion of the painter.

Remaining Two Dice:

A roll of:

-2 results in a full wash/glaze over the painting surface.
-3 results in a splatter application of paint/solvent.
-4 results in a drip application of paint/solvent.
-5 results in (a) curved stroke(s) using a flat brush.
-6 results in (a) curved stroke(s) using a round or filbert brush.
-7 results in (a) straight or angular stroke(s) using a flat brush.
-8 results in (a) straight or angular stroke(s) using a round or filbert brush.
-9 results in a dab(bing) application of paint/solvent using a flat brush.
-10 results in a dab(bing) application of paint/solvent using a round or filbert brush.
-11 results in a splatter application of paint/solvent.
-12 results in a full wash/glaze over the painting surface.

There is no prescribed endpoint. The status of “completion” is awarded a painting at the discretion of the painter.

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Dicework I: Rhinehart Ruleset 25 May 2008 (C). 2008.Dicework I: Rhinehart Ruleset 25 May 2008 (C). 2008.

Roll a single die and carry out the instruction from the list below that numerically corresponds to the result of the roll. This ruleset is exempt from any restrictions imposed upon it by the Meta-Ruleset.

A roll of:

-1: Use one of the Dichotomous Rulesets in the execution of a dicework.
-2: Draft an Image and Text Ruleset and use it in the execution of a dicework.
-3: Write the numbers one through ten in alphabetical order.
-4: Make a diagrammatic explanation of the perceived forces exerted upon the body during the hypnagogic hallucinations experienced while attempting to induce a lucid dream.
-5: Make a painting based upon a photograph stored in my mobile phone. Let the die decide which one.
-6: Make a painting of a pile of leaves.

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Dicework I: Rhinehart Ruleset 25 May 2008 (B). 2008.Dicework I: Rhinehart Ruleset 25 May 2008 (B). 2008.

Roll a single die and carry out the instruction from the list below that numerically corresponds to the result of the roll. This ruleset is exempt from any restrictions imposed upon it by the Meta-Ruleset.

A roll of:

-1: Draft an Image and Text Ruleset and use it in the execution of a dicework.
-2: Use one of the Dichotomous Rulesets in the execution of a dicework.
-3: Make a drawing or a painting that is both delicate and repulsive.
-4: Make a painting of a pile of leaves.
-5: Write a new list of options and let the die decide which instruction should be followed.
-6: Make a painting by following the instructions for one of the exercises found in Color in Watercolor by Wendon Blake.

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