A Surprisingly Simple Game of Chance

hibiscus signed

— photograph by Michelle Tennison

 

How to play The Question and Answer Game:*

 

A question is written down and the paper folded to conceal it. Another player writes an answer without reading the question. The paper is unfolded to reveal the results.

 

What is a dream?
          one note
         of
          Mozart

Question Dietmar Tauchner,  Answer Michelle Tennison (2017)

 

 

*(Also known as “Definitions”) as found in The Book of Surrealist Games, Shambala Redstone editions, Boston, 1993.

 

“The surreal is but reality that has not been disconnected from its mystery.” — Rene Magritte

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Music Coming from the Missing Pages,  photograph by Michelle Tennison

 

What do I absorb from the sun and stars?
          My mother’s voice 

Question Mary Ellen Binkele,  Answer Michelle Tennison (2014)

 

“The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.” — David Bohm

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Dormez Vous,  photograph by Michelle Tennison*

 

 


what is your

still, small voice
saying?
          That which is overheard while in a coma

Question Sabine Miller,  Answer Michelle Tennison (2015)

 

*The bee must have spent the night on this cosmos flower. It awoke about a half hour after this photo was taken.

The Integrity of the Heart

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Opening Sunflower, photograph by Michelle Tennison

 

What if we can feel our way through illusion with the integrity of the heart? Novel universes might be waiting there.

What does the heart see that the mind cannot?
          The aisle to eternity

Question Michelle Tennison,   Answer Dietmar Tauchner  (2017)

 

blackberry blossoms signed

Blackberry Blossoms, photograph by Michelle Tennison

 

Is there … anything more charming, more fruitful and of a more positively stimulating nature than the commonplace?

— Charles Baudelaire, Salon de 1859

What is prayer?
          I see a purple flower underneath some vines on the long, long walk to you.

Q&A Session Mary Ellen Binkele and Michelle Tennison,  (1999)