It was in 19th-century England that a dining table was first given a second life as an impromptu, indoor substitute for tennis. It was called Wiff-Waff
, and though the name has faded, the game remains—otherwise known as table tennis, or ping-pong. As artists have historically been keen on game-playing—think Marcel Duchamp
and the 20th-century avant-garde who connected chess to their artistic practice—in the same vein, the paddles of ping-pong have found their way into the hands of artists.