...many artists say their absurdist sports are an outgrowth of the contemporary art-world trend toward participatory art, which is intended to break down walls between artist and audience. But beyond the high-mindedness, the skinny-armed aesthetes also seem to be on a personal mission to reclaim sports from the bull-necked athletes of their youth.
The NYT Fashion & Style section examines the trend of "art-sports,"
high concept games that are gaining in popularity amongst a demographic not typically know for their athletic endeavors.
Some practitioners have dubbed these games "aesthletics" and have established an Institute of Aesthlectics
for their promotion. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank
on May 18, 2009 -
1946—2006. Short articles chronicling North Rhine-Westphalia. The site has one rather large shortcoming though, the video clips cannot be accessed (only available on VHS within the State!).
posted by tellurian
on May 12, 2009 -
Noodling, catfisting, grabbling, graveling, hogging, dogging, gurgling, tickling, stumping
: all these words mean the same thing
--catching big, honkin' catfish with your bare hands!
posted by not_on_display
on Apr 17, 2009 -
"You are browsing a resource which is devoted first of all to the history and culture of the Soviet Union, the country which the West for a long time usually named as "The Empire of Evil", the country to which some people in the West perceive as "something big and snowy".
I offer you to try to look outside the frames of usual stereotypes, to try to understand life of a unique country, with its interesting history, beautiful culture and miraculous relations between people.
The music submitted on this site - is an evident sample of a totally new culture, which completely differs from all that, with what Hollywood and MTV supply us so much. This culture, being free from the cult of money, platitude, violence and sex, was urged to not indulge low bents of a human soul but to help the person to become culturally enriched and to grow above himself." [more inside]
posted by tellurian
on Sep 23, 2008 -
Did you grow up anticipating sports where death would be likely, if not certain? Almost certainly played by convicts, possibly with robot limbs? And which would be even more likely to have chainsaws and flamethrowers not usually found in the sports of today? Those We Left Behind’s
look at Future-sports of the past, in videogames
is for you!
posted by Artw
on Sep 11, 2008 -
The Ultimate Act of Sports(wo)manship
"It kept everything in perspective and the fact that we're never bigger than the game. ... It was such a lesson that we learned—that it's not all about winning. And we forget that, because as coaches, we're always trying to get to the top. We forget that. But I will never, ever forget this moment. It's changed me, and I'm sure it's changed my players." [via SportsFilter]
posted by terrapin
on Apr 29, 2008 -
Ready or Not.
"South Africa is a great place to have a party, and people are incredibly generous of spirit. What we should be doing is trying to make the World Cup experience uniquely African: where the bus comes 10 minutes late but nobody gives a toss because they are having such a good time. Instead, the organisers seem to want to try to run the World Cup as efficiently as the Germans did. What a load of bull. The Germans could invade Poland in three days. We could not invade Swaziland in three months." Article in today's Observer about preparations in South Africa for the soccer World Cup in 2010.
posted by hydatius
on Jun 3, 2007 -
is a type of ritual performance native to Aotearoa. Occurring before battles or peacetime ceremonies, it is less of a "war chant" than a way of fiercely asserting group solidarity while referring to a specific ancestry or significant event
. The best known haka are probably the versions practiced by the New Zealand All Blacks: Ka Mate
and, more recently, Kapa O Pango
. More than just a traditional dance, haka has been an important element of the Maori Renaissance
- the revival of language, culture and arts that has occurred since the re-affirmation of the Treaty of Waitangi (and has recently come under attack
For the All Blacks, haka now connects both Maori and Pakeha (outsider) players through a shared history
and physical discipline, although this was not always the case
. Nevertheless, the haka can make a powerful impression
, particularly when someone answers in kind
posted by TheWhiteSkull
on Feb 19, 2007 -
Todd Skinner falls to his death
Sport and free climbing pioneer/entrepreneur, Todd Skinner, died over the weekend in a 500-foot fall.
Sadly, it appears that his death was from a "..very worn.."
belay loop on his harness.
I met Todd about 10 years ago, and was struck by his warmth and enthusiasm. He spent almost three hours at a dingy Seattle climbing gym with about 10 neophyte femail climbers. He helped us all climb better and have more fun. He was generous with his praise, and offered truly helpful instruction - his ego did not get in the way (unlike many climbing instructors/"stars"). He'll be missed.
posted by dbmcd
on Oct 30, 2006 -
"If that's what's on, then that's what they watch. It's either that, or a cricket match between Scotland and Bermuda. Now, I am an educated man, Charlie, but when someone tries to explain cricket to me, all I want to do is hit him in the head with a teapot." Cricket Explained (An American Viewpoint) for those, following a recent cricket thread, that want to get it, but don't quite yet.
posted by nthdegx
on Aug 3, 2006 -
are become scarce in the final 16 knockout phase of the World Cup. A discussion has been going on over at the Guardian's World Cup blogs
In the knockout phase the number of goals has declined from 42 in 1986 to about 25 in 2006. There hasn't been a World Cup Final since 1986 where both teams scored. There have been a mere 3 games in the knockout phase from 14 where both teams have scored. For the first time ever a team, Switzerland
, has been eliminated without conceding a single goal. Does something need to be done? Do bigger goals, no goalkeeper, fewer players or changed rules need to be considered?
posted by sien
on Jul 6, 2006 -
How the hell did Fuzzy sink this hole-in-one
?! It hangs for looooong seconds in the rough, then accelerates
directly to the hole. I swear, there were magnets involved!
Quite possibly the most amazing hole-in-one ever.
posted by five fresh fish
on Jun 4, 2006 -
I have been struggling with my outrage over this story (the details of what seems very likely to have happened and the terrible, horrible one offs comments that I've read about in response to it) for over a week now. It seems odd that no one has posted the story on MeFi, given its implications on class, race, race relations in an integrated southern city, elite educational institutions, frat boy mayhem (to an extreme), and when no means no and it doesn't matter who is saying it. One thing's for sure, this story keeps getting worse.
posted by psmealey
on Apr 5, 2006 -
More than a BMX
- The StreetSurfer is a patented pedal-driven vehicle (think BMX
) that you ride like a surfboard in an urban setting. It consists of a normal bike frame, a rear wheel (duh) and four mini wheels on the front. These littler front wheels apparently track the surface of the ground better than a traditional bicycle and therefore give the rider a smoother, more controlled ride. More info via the StreetSurfer's awfully designed website
(ugly Flash warning), although there's two chunky videos
to download that also help to explain the product in further detail. Via Beyond Tomorrow
posted by sjvilla79
on Nov 9, 2005 -
You say bodyline
, I say leg theory
. Either way, the origins of one of sport's most enduring rivalries (leading to a near diplomatic crisis) make for a fascinating read to the budding cricket enthusiast. No wonder people turned out in their thousands
to queue in the early hours for the final day of another nail-biting test. It's turning into a hell of an ashes series
posted by nthdegx
on Aug 15, 2005 -
- The United Arab Emirates is to mount robot jockeys on racing camels later this year after a ban on using children in the region's popular sport.
posted by Tlogmer
on Apr 11, 2005 -
The 23rd -Beargrease sled dog race- running of the dogs.
In just about three weeks 36+ teams will either run the near 390 full distance race, or short 145.6 mid distance race.
Check out the legend behind John Beargrease through the left hand links on the spash page.
Last year there was a young blind dog sledder Rachel Scdoris
, who has caused some minor controversy
in past . There was also a musher from... Florida, (who also ran in 2003) Dee Morris
, her dogs had never run on snow before that 2003 race (didn't finish either 1/2 race).
Should be fun.
posted by edgeways
on Feb 3, 2005 -
2006 World Cup Tickets
went on sale last night at midnight, and since then over 500,000 tickets have been ordered.
Orders have come in from over 108 countries from people looking for their chance to see the premier competition of the most popular sport on the planet.
Everyone will get a fair shot at the tickets with any orders between now and the end of March being put into a lottery to see who gets tickets.
posted by daveirl
on Feb 1, 2005 -