Eugene Perera

Alternative Risk Transfer


ART Poker performance featuring artist players, dealer, staked artworks, table, cards, chips, beize, dimensions variable.

Locations: Whitechapel Gallery, Rag Factory, Old Police Station, Transition Gallery and Art Car Boot Fair, (all London), Galata Perform (Istanbul), Club Gallistico, (Bogota, Colombia) and Kunstraum t27 (Berlin), 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2013.

Alternative Risk Transfer (A.R.T.) is a collaborative and performative art project that utilises the game of poker to explore the inter-relationship of power, risk and value in art practice and the art market. During the game, players including artists, collectors and curators, stake art in an ongoing negotiation of value within an environment charged with risk, uncertainty and competition. As the game progresses, micro-political strategies and ruses emerge as players test their skills in the manipulation of risk, value and chance. Nomadic and evolutionary, the game moves from place to place, reformulating according to context, players and the changing agenda of the project. The project blog can be found at