Public Program Tournament of the Unknown

18 November, 19:00-22:00
Opening Turning Towards Fluidity: Tournament of the Unknown

During the opening this Friday, doors will be open at 19:00 and we will start at 19:30 with an introduction by artist and initiator Gabriel Fontana, curator Margarita Osipian, and our MC for the evening, Joana Cavaco. We will open the tournament with a beautiful performance by Queer Choir Amsterdam and Kexin Hao will follow with an exciting warm up that will get us ready to play Gabriel’s specially designed games. Throughout the night we’ll be accompanied by snufkin, who will be providing the soundtrack for the evening. 

At 20:30 we will start with the Tournament, where you can join as a player or watch the unfolding of the games from the bleachers and cheer players on. We will play Multiform, Fluid Field, and Sonic Crosse. In Multiform, transformable uniforms are the heart of the game—disrupting the traditional aspects of the stable team. In Fluid Field, the pitch shrinks and grows into a myriad of shapes, using laser mapping techniques. In Sonic Crosse, a revised version of the traditional sport Lacrosse, specially designed rackets fitted with sensors produce a generative soundscape that centers listening as a part of play.

29 November, 19:00-22:00
The Platform Presents Iran vs USA

The evening will start with a conversation with researcher Nathanja van den Heuvel and Gabriel Fontana. During this talk, they will unpack their findings from the Multiform project and their collaborative research on sport and queer pedagogies. This will be followed by a live screening of the World Championship football match Iran vs USA. During the match, The Platform will disrupt, mediate, and obscure the competition. We will tune out the football commentary and replace it with a DJ set of two DJ’s doing a versus and playing back-to-back. Moody Mehran is an Iranian DJ and Claire Clover hails from the USA. During the DJ versus experience, there will be a live augmented visual overlay on top of the World Cup match.

The Platform, as their name alludes, wants to give platform to things that matter. They chose to host a screening of the Iran vs USA World Cup match in response and support to the ongoing revolution happing in Iran. This event is non-profit, and from every ticket 2 euro will go to NL-based, female led Iranian organization Jina CollectiveBuy your ticket here.

8 December, 20:00-22:00
Power Plays

During this evening film program we’ll be screening three works that engage with the geo-political, technological, and spatial underpinnings of sporting cultures—bringing the power plays in, and outside, the stadium in conversation with one another. Pia Lindman’s Thisplace examines how the built environment of the stadium relates to the social interaction it is designed to contain. In The Ball, The Field, The Arena, Florian van Zandwijk takes the game of football—the biggest globalised manifestation of organised play— as a metaphor for the inseparable relationship humans have with culture, play, and our own technological developments. And Ronnie Close’s More out of Curiosity, focuses on Egypt’s fanatical football supporters, the Ultras, in their role as one of the key players in emergent political debates. — Buy your ticket here.

More out of Curiosity — Ronnie Close
26:07 minutes, single-screen, 16:9, HD Digital Video, 2014.

One of the key players in the new emergent political debate are Egypt’s fanatical football supporters, the Ultras. Although affiliated to different teams in the domestic league they often joined forces in street protests to remove Hosni Mubarak in January 2011. The controversy over the 2012 Port Said incident when 72 Al-Ahly fans were killed in an orchestrated attack forced the Ultras back onto the streets. They mounted a successful political protest campaign against the state forces that culminated a year later in legal conviction and a sense of retribution.

More Out of Curiosity is a film work drawing on documentary narratives to frame the capacity of resistance in current social movements. This film is constructed from video footage drawn from a number of sources, including the Al-Ahly Ultras themselves who shared their video archive material. The assemblage of images of street protests, football games, riots and banner making helps stitch together a narrative to expose their unique local subculture in an overlapping meta-documentary format. The film work is bookended by the Port Said incident and the court verdict a year later. This structure is divided into seven scenes which define and categorize the video imagery. No voiceover resists the direct deciphering of the video material and the film operates on an instinctive, visceral level driven by a charged soundtrack.

Game-Time — Pia Lindman
This particular section of the series is the shot of the US Open. “Thisplace” is part of the NYMoMA collection, courtesy of the artist and New York MoMA, 2002

Many of Lindman’s video works focus on how the built environment relates to the social interaction it is designed to contain. She is using a video camera to record changes of light and movements in space and time. The video is filmed from a fixed camera position and the video footage is then made transparent and cut into one-minute segments. These segments are then layered on top of each other. During one minute the viewer sees the entire 60-minute video in real time, however simultaneously as multiple layers.

Among others, she has shot baseball stadiums and other sports arenas in New York, contrasting the monumental structure of the stadiums to the fluctuating density of the audience.

The Ball, The Field, The Arena — Florian van Zandwijk
18:41 minutes, single screen, 2019.

In his book Homo Ludens (1938) Dutch cultural theorist Johan Huizinga suggests that play is both a primary and a necessary condition for generating culture. The game of football—the biggest globalised manifestation of organised play—is taken in The Ball, The Field, The Arena as a metaphor for the inseparable relationship humans have with culture, play, and our own technological developments. By zooming out from the ball to the field into the arena, the work shows that human culture is not only shaped via play but that our play is equally shaped by the technology we create—the two engaging in a mutual relationship with one another.

9 December 15:30-18:00
Spectacle of Sports

Join us at W139, to watch the quarter-finals of the World Cup with mediation of the game from artist and researcher Florian van Zandwijk. A football stadium is simultaneously a microcosm and a magnification of the society it stands in the middle of. Immersed in a TV-studio setup, Florian will do a pre- and post-match analysis connecting the use of technology in and around football to a wider political, societal, and cultural context. This performance-lecture will be the first manifestation of his latest research on data-collection, surveillance, media coverage, and the effects of technology within the sport of football. — Buy your ticket here.

18 December, 14:00-18:00
Closing event of Turning Towards Fluidity: Tournament of the Unknown

Three games will be played during this event: Sonic Crosse, Multiform and Anonymous Allyship. In Anonymous Allyship, the notion of anonymity creates a situation where players don’t know who belongs to their team, and explores the feeling of belonging and the ways people perform in a group. Joana Cavaco will be our MC, there will be musical accompaniment by snufkin, a performance by Kexin Hao and Queer Choir Amsterdam will close the month of tournaments with a unique performance.

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Queer Choir Amsterdam is an artistic initiative that premises the creation of a brave space to celebrate our unique identities and voices. Through their rehearsals and performances they express their ideas for the futures we desire and the narratives they want to share. The queer community often gathers and functions in spaces of celebration and night life all of which were greatly affected during the pandemic, this gave them an incentive to create our their safe space beyond these confines, one that is run by and for queer people. Queer Choir Amsterdam was founded by artists Shreya de Souza, Mylou Oord and Sarah Naqvi and is conducted by Vera Morais. Queer Choir Amsterdam is currently carried on by Shreya, Mylou and Vera.

Kexin Hao is a visual artist and designer born in Beijing and based in The Netherlands. Her practice is a marriage of graphic design and performance art. Having initiated and being involved in various creative projects across China and Europe, Kexin challenges not only geometrical borders but also disciplines of design, film, performance, and music, as well as physical boundaries between art and non-art space. Using a daring visual language, the work is a constant swing between intimate close-up on personal stories and zoom-out to collective narratives; between a past of political heaviness and a flashy modernity rendered in humour and sarcasm. In her recent works, Kexin investigates in the themes of body, rituals, health, archive, and collective memory.

Nathanja van den Heuvel works at VU University Amsterdam as PhD advisor of the Faculty of Humanities. Her research interests include, but are not limited by, feminist theory, aesthetics, the philosophy of play and eco-philosophy. She is founder of OPA (Open Performance Academy) and worked together with the social designer Gabriel Fontana on the development of Multiform, an educational toolkit that aims to counteract taken for granted forms of exclusion in the context of PE classes.

The Platform is an eclectic event organization that hosts a variety of events in Amsterdam on the intersection between art, music & fashion.. Combining different contemporary youth-cultures and focussing on giving a ‘Platform’ to young – independent – creatives, enabling them to show their work for a diverse audience in a safe and expressive environment. The Platform continues their path, opening-up the creative industry together with the help of new and exciting collaborators.

Moody Mehran is an Iranian DJ who is difficult to label. Mostly because he walks a quite individual path when it comes to his musical inspiration. This inspiration isn’t driven by a single style or musical genre. Although his roots as a DJ derive from the love for Chicago House, his focus nowadays ranges most of the (electronic) music spectrum. All the variables in his taste do have one major thing in common: finding and sharing real, authentic and exceptional records that have, or will, stand the test of time. Over the years he developed an eye to find those outstanding records.

Claire Clover is a DJ hailing from Nebraska, based in Amsterdam. She has a unique music style influenced by her years spent living in the US, UK, and the Netherlands. Never limiting herself to just one genre, you can expect a blend of techno, acid, breaks, house, ghettotech, electro, trance, and more. Claire aims for versatility to respond with beats that reflect the mood, setting the vibe with anything from soulful grooves to fast-paced dance floor weapons.”

Florian van Zandwijk is an artist from The Netherlands. Our human and technological sensorial perceptions are inseparably connected and constantly shaping each other in today’s digital age; this fact usually serves as the basis for Van Zandwijk’s projects. With a simple intervention or through written or visual essays, Van Zandwijk researches topics from his own perception and hypothesis about present human and non-human Ways of Seeing. In this way van Zandwijk tries to provide insight into and make a statement about contemporary themes involving the biases and limited capacities of human and technological perception. Such themes are; social media, mass-surveillance and computer vision.

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