Friday, July 10, 2009


Physogs is a 1940's British board game based on physiognomy, the art of judging human character from facial features. Comprised of black and white photograph cards of eyes, noses and mouths and corresponding heads, I’m reminded of the drawings of police sketch artists. That is, the completed faces are distorted representations rather than actual people.

Reading the strange descriptions, the game expresses both the immediate reaction and the inherent inaccuracy of determining personality and character by physical appearance.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Fama said...

Agreed. For instance, I think those "acquisitive" eyes are actually drunk.