Mixed Media, 2020
Salim bin Hassan Basalamah & Muhammad Ashraf
Tick-Tag-Tow is a new twist to the legendary Tic-Tac-Toe. In this interactive installation, two players will engage using the throw of a dice to influence their decision making. Players act based on the term displayed on the dice. To win, the player needs to occupy three lots in a row either, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. As the players interact and make decisions based on the action prompt on the dice which eventually, they will realise the game does not always have to end with a winner, loser, or a tie. For example, a player would be able to win only after tagging a lot taken by an opponent. Making the decision to win with the ‘aid’ of the opponent would really make one ponder. Are there really winners or losers in this game? Deciding to not play or to stop play is also making a decision in itself. Similarly in life, the decisions we make have a substantial impact on our future decisions may also need to be made in grey areas that counter the societal norms of everything being black or white. Through the gameplay design of Tick-Tag-Tow, we hope that the audience would reflect on its relevance to their own daily life encounters and decision making.
Salim Basalamah is a teacher-artist who delves into experimentation and exploration of novel play with traditional media. He finds joy in engaging with ‘unfamiliar media’ in his pursuits to investigate and create. His artworks challenge the societal norms using a reflective lens.
Muhammad Ashraf is a teacher-artist who works with digital art and photography. He is a self-taught artist who learns via experimentation and observation. He mixes the two media to illustrate picture books, create logos and design posters. His artworks aim to create awareness about universal values and contemporary issues.