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"DART," by Jo Niemeyer (Schluchsee, Germany)

Archival inkjet print, 20" x 20", 2010

... as a very simple game by Jo Niemeyer 2010

. Two dart players, A and B, are facing this "image", whose area is split 1 : 0.618.. into white and black. This two basic elements are rotated in 90° increments. The winner is, who aims first a black part.
 Since we have two equal partners and an uneven distribution of the "target", one would think, that this is not a fair game. But it is! Because A as the "majority", and consequently B as the "minority", transferred their inequality onto the "court". The ratio of the two playing partners is 1:1.
With this harmonious proportionality there is exactly the same chance to win for both players A and B! The Swiss mathematician Hans Walser mentions for the justice condition, the formula p = 1/2*(3-sqrt(5)). And with sqrt(5), we have the golden section in this game, which ensures equity between different partners. 
This is also a very fair game! 
Or a piece of art, which ensures harmony and balance. --- Jo Niemeyer (

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