chogm: who cares? is a limited edition card game created to co-incide with the commonwealth heads of government meeting, held in perth, wa during oct 2011. designed to unearth some of the questionable activities reportedly undertaken by the 54 commonwealth leaders and their governments, chogm: who cares cards were strategically distributed to delegates, tourists and locals attending the queens chogm visit bbq in october 2011.
each chogm: who cares? pack contains a set of playing cards including question cards and a visual portfolio of all chogm visiting heads of state. you are invited to ‘match a chogm delegate with a dubious deed’.
chogm: who cares? is intended to be a politically playful artwork that raises questions about abuses of power, how countries are run, the darker underbelly of political motives and the irony of political leaders as celebrated role models. amidst the pomp and ceremony, black hawk helicopters and the bomb squads, pvi were keen to provide an alternative perspective to the commonwealth.
during chogm we will attempt to hand deliver our card game to her majesty the queen.
with the introduction of the controversial chogm special police powers act , described by the australian lawyers alliance as a “wholesale suspension of human rights”, it has been deeply disturbing to discover that spaces for critical voices to be heard have been severely restricted, so we thought it timely to play a game instead. all chogm: who cares? questions have been gathered from publically available information online including: indymedia sites, wikipedia, amnesty international and facebook.
“The Australian Government acknowledges the important role independent artistic organisations such as pvi collective play in encouraging social engagement and the participation of Australians in arts activity. Through experimenting with new, interdisciplinary art forms, groups such as yours help support innovation in young artists and creative development.?Thank you for drawing the Minister’s attention to your latest game.
letter from the hon. simon crean, minister for the arts
devised & designed by: pvi collective
accomplices: steve berrick, renae coles, benjamin forster, amber bateup
researcher: pvi collective
the queens birthday bbq, supreme court gardens, perth – chogm oct 2011
this project is supported by the department of culture and the arts in association with lotterywest.