In-Between Cards / Correspondencia
Set of 2 decks of In-Between Cards with die cut shape in the middle by Mariana Vidal-Escabi and Correspondencia game instructions in collaboration with Andrea Vidal Escabi, 2016-2017.
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In-Between Cards are playing cards that use a new language created by making each traditional playing card suit “occupy” the space or shape of another suit. The negative space that results from this creates a new shape, which becomes a new symbol and language. The outline that results from the two figures interacting together indicates the number on each card.
There are 8 new symbols (or suits), 4 rust and 4 teal, each with a different name that relates to aspects of a person’s identity. Individual cards will also have a different name and be called by their new suit such as "5 of Ties" or "Jack of Fates". In the middle of each card is a hole in the shape of one of the new suits, which is a nod to the negative space that created these new symbols. The cards are divided into 2 decks of 4 suits each so they can be used to play any traditional playing card game individually or they can be used to play Correspondencia with both decks.
Correspondencia is a game played with In-Between Cards, a set of 108 rust and teal cards of eight different suits, plus four Jokers. Each suit represents a characteristic of a person’s identity. The combination of number and suit corresponds to a word and players try to form sentences that communicate something about themselves and are in correspondence (answer or relate) to the other player's sentences. Every time a player lays down a sentence on the table it will be written down on a piece of paper so when the game is over they can be read out loud in order resembling an "exquisite corpse". The game ends when the stack is gone and a single player has placed all their cards down.