Alexi Lalas, showing his love for the 2011 USWNT A day exploring creative conversations with football culture. This event is open to fans, players, students, artists, historians, referees, writers. The only requirement here is that you have an interest in the game, that you love talking and learning about it. Our aim is to enhance your interest in the sport, and to facilitate connections with people from across the region who feel passionately about the game.
We’ll talk about eloquence, match calling and sports writing, we’ll hear Gwen Oxenham read from her book Finding the Game (an account of the journey around the world playing pick-up soccer that was the basis for the film Pelada), and we’ll celebrate the launch of XI: A North American Quarterly – a whole magazine just for people like us. We’ll celebrate by doing something I’ve always wanted to do – screen Fussball Wie Noch Nie (football as never before) – the 1970 cinematic portrait of George Best playing a full match (Manchester United v Coventry). This is the film that inspired Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. Local musicians will score the film live.
Meet & Greet – 2:00-2:30pm
2:30 – 3:00 Jennifer Doyle kicks the day off with a brief survey of contemporary art about the beautiful game.
Grab a coffee, then…
3:00-5:00 Seminar On Football Eloquence
From Ray Hudson’s match commentary to Eduardo Galeano’s journalism. This seminar explores what we talk about when we talk about football, and how we talk about it. For fans, bloggers, students, players – whoever! Open to everyone who cares. Participants will be encouraged to wax eloquent on their favorite writers, commentators, live blogs, tweeters – and to speak directly to the game itself. How do commentary and writing shape our experiences and memories of the game?
Very short readings will ground our discussion. Links to PDFs are available on our facebook event page.
Must read: “The Melancholy of Zidane” (Jean Phillipe Toussaint)
Must read: excerpts from Soccer in Sun and Shadow (Eduardo Galeano)
Recommended: excerpts from Get Her Off the Pitch (Lynne Truss)
Recommended: excerpts from Games and Sport in Everyday Life (Robert Perinbanayagam).
5-6pm – Dinner Break – grab a bite in the neighborhood!
Finding the Game: a Reading – 6:30pm.
Gwen Oxenham reads from her memoir describing her experiences playing pick up soccer around the world – and making a documentary about the experience (the much celebrated Pelada). From a Tokyo rooftop, to a reclaimed garbage field in Kenya, to a five-aside staged in the courtyard of a Bolivian prison – Oxenham has been there, done that. Finding the Game is thoughtful portait of the relationship between playing the game and writing it. It’s also a wonderful model for placing the game in the larger portrait of a player’s life.
7:30-9:30 – Scoring the Game: reception celebrating publication of XI: A North American Football Quarterly. Reception/screening + music
Local musicians score Helmuth Costard’s 1970 film Fussball Wie Noch Nie. This cinematic portrait of George Best playing a full match (Manchester United v. Coventry) inspired Douglas Gordon and Phillipe Perrano’s Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait. Costard’s film is less telegenic, more cinematic – If Andy Warhol made a sports film, this is exactly what it would look like. Come ready to hang out, enjoy the music and pick up a copy of XI!