ATHLETICISM

La Course (The Race)

Jean-Michel Rolland Rhythmed by the race of five horses shot in Marseille Borély, this video, a tribute to Muybridge, doesn’t try to take the public into the universe of racetracks; instead, it communicates the frenzy felt during the breakneck speed of this painful race. Jean-Michel Rolland, La Course (The Race), 2013, Digital video, 3’45”. Courtesy the artist. Review from 22.dokumentART, October 2013: ‘Bodies of horses, doing their rounds as an amorphous mass. First soundless,...

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The Game Embodied

The Game Embodied

Cheryl Pope All images courtesy the Artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Photo by James Prinz Photography. A SILENT I, 2010, Installation view of series of nylon banners installed in Lindblom Math and Science Career Academy, text on banners written by Chicago youth from the school. A SILENT I, 2010, Text by Chicago Youth from Lindblom Math and Science Career Academy. Sports in the United States is a religion. It is believed in, it is...

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Nuances of Gesture

Nuances of Gesture

Amelia Johannes All works by Amelia Johannes, 2015, Digital collage. Images courtesy of the artist. Original material courtesy of Argus Newspaper Collection of Photographs, State Library of Victoria and Herald & Weekly Times Limited portrait collection. “…ituals are composed of symbols. A ritual is a stereotyped sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects…” My research interests lie in how tradition is defined and how rituals are formed. The experimental works I create are...

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Football Cloud Practice

Henry Gwiazda The football players, moving clouds, passing cars, plane and associated sounds come together to form an intricate multimedia choreography. Through this fusion, I am attempting to create a new kind of sensitivity or perception that encourages the viewer to transfer attention from one aesthetic response (visual, aural, tactile) to another in order to experience a new kind of transmedial perception. Henry Gwiazda, Football Cloud Practice, 2005
, Digital video, 1’29″. Courtesy the artist. Henry...

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Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose

Robert Ladislas Derr Robert Ladislas Derr, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose, 2013. Digital video, 1’19”. Courtesy the artist. I record the act of rolling a stone up a hill, from two vantage points, two times, both achieving and failing at my task. Robert Ladislas Derr translates the world around him through visual manifestations that leave the viewers with a sideways glance. For Derr, life is a performance–it sets the stage for his making....

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Level Playing Field

Level Playing Field

David Cross Level Playing Field, 2013, performance, inflatable structure. All images by and courtesy the artist. Level Playing Field is both an inflatable sport and temporary public artwork commissioned for Scape 7 Public Art, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2013. The work challenges teams of 6 players to compete against each other both on top of and inside of, a custom designed inflatable field. Players in the attacking team take turns running across the surface...

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Considered Compulsion Vaasa

Considered Compulsion Vaasa

John G. Boehme Still and video from Considered Compulsion Vaasa, 2013, 2-hour performance. Images courtesy Marcus Lerviks.     Considered Compulsion Vaasa is part of a larger body of artworks that explore sport as a metaphor for construction, projection, and destruction of identity. The work investigates sport as an apparatus of the state to influence cultural and national identity. Embedded in it is the athleticism, gesture and movement commonly associated with sports. The materials...

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Endgame Strategy (For Vince Lombardi)

Brandon Bauer Brandon Bauer, Endgame Strategy (For Vince Lombardi), 2011/2014, Color, sound, 10’21”. Courtesy the artist. The video Endgame Strategy (For Vince Lombardi) attempts to aesthetically and conceptually tie the endgame modernist strategies of the late 1960s to the competitive spirit of head coach Vince Lombardi and his 1967 Ice Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. The work begins with three rectangles tinted red, yellow, and blue. In these frames, still images drawn from the...

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