Probationary: The Game of Life on Licence
Produced through workshops with men on license, Probationary: The Game of Life on Licence explores the lived experience of being on probation. Taking the form of a board game, Probationary takes its players on a journey through the eyes of four playable characters as they navigate the complexities of the probation process. Board games, from Monopoly to the Game of Life, contain within them the structures and values of the society in which they are produced, presenting back to us the world in which we live. Taking this as a starting point, Probationary reflects real experiences of being subject to the criminal justice system and presents us with an opportunity to collectively play, understand and discuss such systems within our contemporary society.
Hwa Young Jung with Dave, John, Mark, Mick, Nick, Patrick
Commissioned and produced by FACT, supported by Liverpool John Moores University
On Tuesday 13 June Warwick Tate Exchange presented Probationary at Tate Modern, London to explore the stories and lived experiences of former prisoners, their supporters and prison arts educators, and learn about criminal justice directly from them. In collaboration with the Howard League and the criminal justice arts organisation Safe Ground, which focuses on rebuilding relationships and provides rehabilitation resources in prison, and the independent reading consultant and prisons expert, David Kendall, the afternoon was an interactive knowledge exchange which centred around the personal narratives of those who experienced, felt and endured incarceration.