Learned & Lost & Learned is a series of 126 black and white drawings made by tracking the movements of a computer mouse over the course of a match of the most popular competitive video game in the world, League of Legends. To make these drawings I dedicated countless hours to research, learn, and practice each of the 126 characters (called "champions") in the game. Once learned, I would then play each champion in competitive matches against human players until I lost a game. The duration of each recorded game, and the dense but otherwise hidden drawing created by tracking the frantic mouse motions, ranged from 20 minutes to over an hour. The final drawings, all losses, were printed on sumptuous traditional etching paper then installed as a large grid spanning 50 feet long by 7 feet high, a massive monument to the sheer amount of time and failure that we invest even during our leisure activities.
Learned and Lost was presented in conjunction with Southland Ensemble.