Never Be Lonely Again

Never Be Lonely Again is a performative board game. Participants sit across from one another at a table and pull cards from social situations. The cards have text extracted from a variety of self-help and advice books on having meaningful conversations, impressing people, and making friends. The cards offer directions and guidelines, such as how long to hold eye-contact for, how to insert casual references to your own interests into a statement, and how to phrase questions in a diplomatic and friendly ways.

Depending on how rigorously players follow the rules, the conversations that result are either awkward, stilting pantomimes of interpersonal communication, or a glib but surprisingly useful framework to approach a real connection.

Never Be Lonely Again was made for Gestures, a show at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2015 curated by Nick Heer.

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