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Field Theory: The Undertaker is Hamlet

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  • Paul Rowe,

    Compare Picasso’s Guernica with Jesse Owens performances at the 1936 Olympics, you cannot separate these actions from the politics and complexity that surrounded them. Each in its own way was beautiful, profound, historical and dare I say it misunderstood at times.

    Mr/Ms 81, that is amongst the most beautiful things I have ever read. Having visited Sofia Reina to see Guernica, and being given Lichtenstein as an added surprise, I doff my cap to you, sir.

    Haydn, even for a philistine as myself,this is a marvelous discussion. I wonder what Mr Benaud would say to such a question.

    To Paul Litterick, anyone who can post a Neko Case video, has already proved his worth as a blogeur. In return (for those who haven't found it already), I link to this fine gentleman, with an example of the finest art:

    scroll down for the vocals only version

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    ...I got nothing, that is pretty awesome.

    Second that. Except I should say third I guess.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7412 posts Report Reply

  • st ephen,

    Then allow me to disagree (slightly).
    Valerie did all those things in the pursuit of hurling a metal object further than anyone else and thereby winning a competition. Sport, not Art.
    Beatrice, on the other hand, did something else - something that seemed quite disconnected with the purpose of her event and left sports reporters open-mouthed and saying WTF? Now that was Art.

    dunedin • Since Jul 2008 • 207 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    To Paul Litterick, anyone who can post a Neko Case video, has already proved his worth as a blogeur.

    What Neko Case video? Where? (despite owning all her albums I've yet to see a video...except her live in Texas dvd)

    Haydn, even for a philistine as myself,this is a marvelous discussion.

    Yeah I'm really pleased people are actually considering it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2081 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    What Neko Case video? Where? (despite owning all her albums I've yet to see a video...except her live in Texas dvd)

    Well a bunch of live clips, but only one music video (but I'm not really a fan of the song) I'm aware of:

    Fox Confessor Brings the Flood wasn't on eMusic, so I haven't heard it, but I do like Furnace Room Lullaby & Blacklisted. Some other Info

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 565 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    Regarding the cursed question of how to define art, I always say that art is defined as "something that is designed or created to be exhibited for the viewing pleasure of others".

    Like a well rehearsed backline move that befuddles the defence and results in a try under the sticks and the crowd on their feet.

    While I don't really think sport is art most of the time there are occasions when it is pretty close to it. Some sides go out there to entertain.

    Take basketball for example. There is generally no need for a player to do a reverse dunk, or any kind of dunk (most of the time). They are showing off their skills to entertain others.

    Post touchdown celebrations are another good one...

    I also thought the Argentinian goal v the Czech Republic in the last World Cup was a thing of greatly constructed beauty. They didn't know how it would end up but they were trying to create something special and succeeded.

    Since Nov 2006 • 880 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    Valerie did all those things in the pursuit of hurling a metal object further than anyone else and thereby winning a competition. Sport, not Art.
    Beatrice, on the other hand, did something else - something that seemed quite disconnected with the purpose of her event and left sports reporters open-mouthed and saying WTF? Now that was Art.

    How about Usain Bolt with 20 metres to run in the 100m turning to the crowd and holding his arms out like a crazy arse aeroplane.

    Since Nov 2006 • 880 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    Actually the Bolt one is probably a good example because it was an example of a person expressing themselves and it was interpreted in different ways. ie positively by most but negatively by the IOC chief.

    I wonder how many fans saw some passion and expression today from Wade McKinnon... meanwhile the judiciary will probably see a 2 week ban :(

    Since Nov 2006 • 880 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Art is because I say so and that is what really matters.

    BAH ...pomo relativism. Theres nothing more pathetic than a junkie justifying an addiction.

    accounts of “being in the zone” or “flow” and you get the sense that our artists and sportsfolk can and sometimes do occupy the same intellectual space in pursuit of particular goals.

    New age horseshit. Just proves that while those with a brain are feeling embarrassment at that episode in human history. It has found permanent purchase in three places. Oprah Winifrey's brain, corporate boardrooms around the world and the minds of the terminally sports addicted.
    Because it is only useful for the cosmic nanosecond that is the duration of any sports game/event.
    Anyway dont know why Im bothering 'cause like all junkies you've moved onto the next fix.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1239 posts Report Reply

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