ATHLETICISM

Matt Hern in Conversation with Elizabeth Spavento

Elizabeth Spavento Matt Hern is a Canadian activist and writer who argues for a more active engagement with sports, physically and intellectually, as a spectator and participant. A former sports writer, Hern asks why sports, with immense power and mass appeal, are no longer seen as a legitimate source of innovation and debate. What follows is a brief introduction to Hern’s argument in his 2013 book, One Game at a Time: Why Sports Matter...

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A Pilgrim’s Progress: An Interview with Anna Wittenberg

A Pilgrim’s Progress: An Interview with Anna Wittenberg

Joshua West Smith Plan of the labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France. Research image. Athleticism and Art. They are not wholly dissimilar undertakings and they do not stand apart in the canon. Athleticism is obtained through a practicing, a methodical indoctrination into the particular discipline, a honing of one’s skills and a pursuit of improvement. The artist practices, studies, hones and improves. The body pushed, measured, and possibly broken. Jackson Pollock’s gestures, Carolee Schneemann’s...

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David Cross in Conversation with Cameron Bishop

David Cross in Conversation with Cameron Bishop

Cameron Bishop All images by the artist. Cameron Bishop: The gaze I inhabit comes packaged with a list of tickets to events that others are just locked out of. It goes without saying that this comes straight out of cultural theory 101, but if that gaze hints at the way we look at and construct the world, and we extend it to what we look from (a very particular body), much contemporary art, in which the viewer is thrown into action, assumes...

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