A NON-ZERO-SUM GAME: Sports, Art, and the Moving Image

Smiling crowd - photo by Dolores Garay-auto

Audience at SportsTalk poetry reading, in the Winningest exhibition. Photo by Dolores Garay.

A NON-ZERO-SUM GAME:
Sports, Art, and the Moving Image

Curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere
January – November 2018
incite-online.net/events7-8.html

A Non-Zero-Sum Game is a series of exhibitions, screenings, discussions, contests, readings, and other events launching, and part of, INCITE Journal of Experimental Media‘s newest issue, Sports (edited by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere). Reflecting the issue’s multidisciplinary range, the programming takes place in varied spaces including bookstores, galleries, cinemas, rooftops, and sports bars.

Speakers include:
Hanif Abdurraqib​ (author, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us), Kevin Blackistone (national sports columnist, The Washington Post; panelist, ESPN’s “Around the Horn”), Kavitha Davidson (columnist, espnW; contributor, ESPN The Magazine), Samuel Hodge (coeditor, Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics), Sarah Hotchkiss (visual arts editor, KQED), Ezekiel Kweku​ (politics editor, New York Magazine‘s Daily Intelligencer), Ameer Loggins (contributor, The Athletic), Carmen Winant (artist, writer)

Artists and Writers include:
Haig Aivazian, Santiago Alvarez, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, James Blagden, Miguel Calderón, Anil Dash, Sally Dixon, Nathaniel Dorsky, Cara Erskine, Kevin Jerome Everson, Gao Mingyan, Ana Hušman, I AM A BOYS CHOIR, Karen Kraven, Nicolas Lampert, Macon Reed, Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker, Tara Mateik, Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney, Ayanah Moor, Nam June Paik, Paper Rad, Pied la Biche, Keith Piper, Rachel Rampleman​, Chadwick Rantanen, Collier Schorr, Lillian Schwartz, Hank Willis Thomas, TVTV, Lisa Young, Zhang Qing

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EXHIBITIONS

INCITE PUBLICATION LAUNCH

Organized by Astria Suparak, Brett Kashmere, and KADIST
KADIST, San Francisco
January 24, 2018
kadist.org/program/power-forward

Artists: Gao Mingyan, Chadwick Rantanen, Collier Schorr, Hank Willis Thomas

Part of the INCITE: Sports San Francisco launch event, including a conversation on sports and politics with Ezekiel Kweku and Ameer Loggins, moderated by Sarah Hotchkiss.

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WINNINGEST

Curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco
January 23 – February 6, 2018
adobebooks.com/events/2018/2/3/winningest-issue-7-8-launch-party-for-incite

Artists, Writers, and Featured Athletes: Haig Aivazian, Darryl Dawkins, Sally Dixon, Cara Erskine, Karen Kraven, Mark Gonzales, Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker, Hazel Meyer and Cait McKinney, Ayanah Moor, Zinedine Zidane.

We are the champions. And the losers. This is a non-zero-sum game, where gains can be made off the scoreboard, outside of the game clock, beyond the field, and even in moments rife with pain or ambiguity. This exhibition divulges shameful and disregarded aspects of sports. It accentuates the kinships and struggles of athletes, and revels in the moments that break with the past and usher in new eras.

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HOW GREAT YOU ARE O SON OF THE DESERT!, PART 1

Organized by Jennifer Lange (Wexner), with Astria Suparak
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
March 1 – 31, 2018
wexarts.org/film-video/haig-aivazian-how-great-you-are-o-son-desert-part-i

Month-long exhibition of Haig Aivazian’s video, as part of the INCITE: Sports launch at the Wexner which included a conversation on sports and culture and a curated evening of short works.

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07 Macon Reed, still from Gymnasts featuring Kim Randall, HD video, sound, 6 min, 2014

Still from Gymnasts by Macon Reed, featuring Kim Randall, HD video, sound, 6:15 min, 2014

POWER FORWARD

Curated by Astria Suparak
VisArts, Rockville, MD
May 23 – July 1, 2018
bit.ly/powerforward_visarts

Artists: Haig Aivazian, Cara Erskine, Gao Mingyan, Karen Kraven, Nicolas Lampert, Cait McKinney & Hazel Meyer, Ayanah Moor, Macon Reed, Zhang Qing

Sports are not a refuge from the “real world.” Sports have been and always are political. Who gets to play? Who is penalized for what? Which stadiums are built? Where? And with whose money? Eminent domain, organized labor, drug and gender testing, commercial sponsorships, tax breaks, bribery, and abuse scandals are just some of the ways power is flexed daily within what has been called a secular religion and a proxy war. The artists in this exhibition draw upon the hidden and political histories of sports to open up analyses of the social world.

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DISCUSSIONS

POWER FORWARD

Organized by Brett Kashmere, Astria Suparak, and KADIST
KADIST, San Francisco
January 24, 2018
kadist.org/program/power-forward

Evening of athletics, politics, and art. Ezekiel Kweku (politics editor, New York Magazine‘s Daily Intelligencer) and Ameer Loggins (writer, scholar, and regular contributor to The Athletic) in conversation, moderated by Sarah Hotchkiss (visual arts editor, KQED).

Part of the INCITE: Sports San Francisco launch event, including a mini-exhibition (with works by Gao Mingyan, Chadwick Rantanen, Collier Schorr, Hank Willis Thomas) and an illustrated preview of the book by the editors. Sports-themed cocktails made for INCITE Sports by Mary Hogan (Kadist).

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Hanif at Wexner

Hanif Abdurraqib at “Expanding the Field”. Photo by the Wexner Center for the Arts.

EXPANDING THE FIELD

Organized by David Filipi (Wexner), with Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
March 22, 2018
Listen onlinewexarts.org/blog/wexcast-expanding-field

A discussion on sports and culture with Hanif Abdurraqib (author, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us), Samuel Hodge (coeditor, Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics), and artist and writer Carmen Winant. Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere provide an illustrated preview of INCITE: Sports.

Part of the INCITE: Sports launch at the Wexner which included a month-long exhibition of Haig Aivazian’s video, as part of the a conversation on sports and culture and a curated evening of short works.

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Kavitha Davidson and Kevin Blackistone, “Sports and Politics discussion,” within the “Power Forward” exhibition at VisArts, Rockville, MD.

SPORTS AND POLITICS

Organized by Susan Main (VisArts) and Astria Suparak
VisArts, Rockville, MD
June 23, 2018, 4 – 5:30pm
visartscenter.org/more/event/discussion-sports-and-politics

A discussion on sports and politics with Kevin Blackistone (national sports columnist, The Washington Post; panelist, ESPN’s “Around the Horn”) and Kavitha Davidson (columnist, espnW; contributor, ESPN The Magazine). Topics may touch on recent protests, the realities and repercussions for athletes (both on and off-field), gender and religion in sports, the exploitative treatment of Washington’s NFL cheerleaders, and other local issues.

Power Forward exhibition curator Astria Suparak will tip off the program with an illustrated preview of INCITE Journal‘s newest issue, Sports.

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SCREENINGS

THE NATION’S FINEST

Curated by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere
Tour through 2018
astriasuparak.com/2018/02/17/the-nations-finest

Artists: Haig Aivazian, I AM A BOYS CHOIR, Internet, Tara Mateik, Nam June Paik, Keith Piper, Lillian Schwartz
Format: 16mm film (with ChromaDepth 3-D glasses), video, and GIF

This program deconstructs the athlete body – how it is used for national, political, and social agendas, and how it is viewed and re-crafted by artists (who are sometimes athletic!). In this program, we look at five decades of artists’ video and film focusing on sports, including perspectives across gender, racial, and national identities.

Screenings of The Nation’s Finest are accompanied by an illustrated preview of the INCITE Sports, presented by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere. More details here.

Tour venues include: San Francisco Cinematheque at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Pitzer College, Conversations at the Edge at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Bodybuilder Study - bicepts kiss

Still from “Bodybuilder Study (Pose, Stroke, Lift, Carry)” by Rachel Rampleman, 2010.

MARCH MADNESS

Organized by Astria Suparak, Brett Kashmere, and Craig Baldwin (Other Cinema)
Other Cinema at Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco
March 3, 2018

A Post-Olympics Cool Down and Pre-March Madness Warm Up, the first quarter brings an illustrated preview of the book from Sports editors Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere.

Next up is the Greatest Sports GIF Of All Time contest (submit yours by Feb. 26 to: info (at) incite-online.net or via Twitter: @incite_online).

During Intermission, sit in on the Raiderettes’ practice (c. 1960s footage).

The 2nd half brings the editors’ selections of fan-made supercuts as well as video art from Anil Dash, Paper Rad, Rachel Rampleman, and more, and a rare screening of Nathaniel Dorsky’s football psychodrama A Fall Trip Home.

Final quarter brings Sports Spectacles from Craig Baldwin’s collection, including Muhammad Ali’s pre-Thrilla in Manila promo, a 1970s film trailer for The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings starring James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor, an excerpt of Cerro Pelado by Cuban agit-filmmaker Santiago Alvarez, and more. Evening co-sponsored by Canyon Cinema.

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TRUST THE PROCESS: Experiments with Sports

Curated by Brett Kashmere
University of California, Santa Cruz
April 18 – May 30, 2018
film.ucsc.edu/news_events/2018/04/12/wednesday_night_cinema_society_spring_2018

A seven-part series that explores the variety of ways that athletics have been treated in artists’ video and film across six decades. Co-presented by Wednesday Night Cinema Society and Film and Digital Media Department, cosponsored by The Center for Documentary Arts and Research (CDAR).

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A BEAUTIFUL GAME

Curated by Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak
Tour through 2018

Artists: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, James Blagden, Miguel Calderón, Anil Dash, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ana Hušman, Paper Rad, Pied la Biche, Lisa Young
Featuring: The national soccer teams of Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico; Pittsburgh Pirates (baseball); Boston Celtics (basketball); Inuit high kick; U.S. Figure Skating; Mansfield Senior Tygers (high school football)
Format: 16mm film, Super 8 film, and video, all screened on video

Sports are a canvas(/screen) for personal, regional, and national projections – they are a proxy war, a fantasy, a public record, an airing of grievances, and a realm in which ideals can be realized. Sports create moments that sear into the communal memory, replaying over and over. Truncated and mangled over time, some are buried and others burnished, with glorious names like “Miracle on Ice” (hockey), “The Hand of God” (soccer), and “The Immaculate Reception” (football). The film and videomakers in A Beautiful Game get into the body, mind, and spirit—and even on the nerves—of athletes and spectators.

Tour venues include: University of California, Santa Cruz, VisArts (June 27, 2018, 9pm, Rockville, MD)

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SPORTSTALK POETRY READINGS

Organized by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere, based on a project edited by INCITE Sports contributors Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker
Tour through 2018

SportsTalk poetry by: John Amaechi, Larry Bird, Jason Collins, Darryl Dawkins, Mark Gonzales, Kwame Harris, Martina Navratilova, Ronda Rousey, Sheryl Swoopes, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Zinedine Zidane

Readers: Charlie Mirador, Dania Cabello, David Senior, Darrin Martin, Dolores Garay, Dorothy Santos, Grace Rosario Perkins, Maysoun Wazwaz, Samara Halperin, Silky Shoemaker, Yuri Ono, Zoey Kroll, Christine Ferrera, Dan Hanrahan, Harrison Willis, Jabal Mutazindwa, Jen Hoffmann, Kate Snyder, Kim Sandara, Liliane Blom, Martha Manning

Tour venues include: Adobe Books (San Francisco), Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub, (Rockville, MD, June 4, 2018 6:30pm), 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica, CA, July 17, 6-8pm)

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GREATEST SPORTS GIFs OF ALL TIME CONTESTS

Organized by Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak
Tour through 2018

Tour venues include: Other Cinema at Artists’ Television Access (San Francisco, March 3, 2018), Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub (Rockville, MD, June 4, 2018, 6:30pm), 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica, CA, July 17, 6-8pm)

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OTHER EVENTS

A DAY OF MOVEMENT TOWARD UTOPIAN SPORTS

June 2, 2018
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

“The Bay Area Center for Utopian Sports’ mission is to make new sports for a new world. We engage in critical dialogue and creative projects related to sports, radical futures, space, and community. Join us for a day of interactive performances and critical inquiry into our relationships to the world and the world of sports. With contributions by: Grace Rosario Perkins, Sarah Hotchkiss, Jordan Karnes, Heavy Breathing, INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media, Unity Skateboards, Takming Chuang, Bradley Smith, and Anelise Chen.”

INCITE: Sports compiled a playlist of novelty team songs which will be played throughout the day. The Sports issue will be available for purchase and coloring book-style drawings celebrating the WNBA by Sports contributor Cara Erskine will be free for the public.


UPCOMING EVENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA:

May 23 – July 1, 2018: Power Forward exhibition and related events, VisArts, Rockville, MD.

LOS ANGELES:

Tuesday, July 17, 6-8pm: INCITE SPORTS issue launch party. Curator’s Lounge, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica.
RSVP on Facebook

Join us for an evening of sports and art, as we launch the newest issue of the artist-run publication INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, co-edited by 18th Street Arts Curator-in-Residence Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere (both will MC the night).

The event will include live readings of SportsTalk poetry, created by writers Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker from re-edited television interviews of athletes including John Amaechi, Larry Bird, Jason Collins, Darryl Dawkins, Mark Gonzales, Kwame Harris, Martina Navratilova, Ronda Rousey, Sheryl Swoopes, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Zinedine Zidane.

The public is invited to submit a favorite sports GIF, original or found, to the “Sports G.G.O.A.T. (Greatest GIF of All Time)” contest, to be decided during the event by the audience in a NCAA tournament-style bracket. Prizes will be awarded.

To participate, submit a GIF with your name, email address, and the name of the maker of the GIF (if known), to info@incite-online.net, or via Tweet to @18StreetArts.

Sports-themed specialty cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available.

 

Fall 2018: University of California, Los Angeles. Details to be announced.

 

Events in New York, Philadelphia, and other locations will be announced later this year.

For more information, follow INCITE Journal on TwitterFacebook, or via the mailing list.

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