Simple Rules

By Douglas Repetto

ONCE IN AN ART CLASS AT CAL ARTS our teachers, Sara Roberts and Hillary Kapan, told us we were going to play a game to get to know each other better. There were about 15 students, and they divided us up into two groups and gave us some simple rules:

• Sit in a circle.

• Look at the person to the right of the person (or space) directly across from you.

• Do exactly what that person does; otherwise do nothing.

That might not sound like a very interesting game, and it’s not clear what’s supposed to happen. Many of us were skeptical; how were we supposed to get to know each other by sitting around doing nothing? We weren’t even making eye contact, since following the second rule ensures that no two people ...

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