A Non-Zero-Sum Game:
Sports, Art, and the Moving Image

Organized by Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere

A Non-Zero-Sum Game: Sports, Art, and the Moving Image
 is a series of events launching, and part of, INCITE: Sportstaking place in bookstores, galleries, and cinemas.


January 242018
, San Francisco. Free.
POWER FORWARD. An 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). Brett Kashmere and Astria Suparak provide an illustrated preview of INCITE: Sports. Works by Gao Mingyan, Chadwick Rantanen, Collier Schorr, and Hank Willis Thomas on view.

February 3
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco. Free.
WINNINGEST Exhibition Reception. 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.
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.
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.

February 17
San Francisco Cinematheque at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
THE NATION'S FINEST Film Screening. 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!).
Artists: Haig Aivazian, I AM A BOYS CHOIR, Internet, Tara Mateik, Nam June Paik, Keith Piper, and Lillian Schwartz.

March 3
Other Cinema
 at Artists' Television Access, San Francisco 
Film Screening + The Greatest Sports GIFs Ever contest. 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 GIFs of All Time competition, with participation prizes. 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, James Blagden, 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, behind-the-scenes of the 49ers Jumbotron, 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. Pre-show loop by Lisa Young. Evening co-sponsored by Canyon Cinema.

March 1-31
Wexner Center for the Arts
, Columbus, Ohio
of Haig Aivazian's "How Great You Are O Son of the Desert!, Part I" in The Box

March 22
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
4pm: Expanding the Field: Sports and Culture Discussion with Hanif Abdurraqib (author, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us), Samuel Hodge (Ohio State Department of Human Sciences professor and coeditor of Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics), and artist and writer Carmen Winant. Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere provide an illustrated preview of INCITE: Sports.
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6pm: Sports Reception + Book Signing
7pm: THE NATION'S FINEST Film Screening
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April 6
Pitzer College, Benson Auditorium, Claremont, California
THE NATION'S FINEST Film Screening. Astria Suparak and Brett Kashmere provide an illustrated preview of INCITE: Sports. Followed by a reception.

April 12
Conversations at the Edge (CATE)
at Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago
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April 18 - May 30
University of California, Santa Cruz. Communications Building 150.
TRUST THE PROCESS: Experiments with Sports. A seven-part screening 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 CDAR (Center for Documentary Arts and Research).

May 17
University of California, Santa Cruz. Oakes College 105.
THE NATION'S FINEST. Film screening and book launch for INCITE: Sports, as part of the Trust the Process series.

June 2
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Public Square.

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 will be available for purchase, and coloring book-style drawings celebrating the WNBA by Sports contributor Cara Erskine will be free. INCITE has selected sports-themed cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for the YBCA bar and novelty team songs for the DJ.

May 23 - July 1, 2018
VisArts, Rockville, Maryland
. A group exhibition of artists who draw upon the hidden and political histories of sports to open up analyses of the social world. Artists include Haig Aivazian, Cara Erskine, Karen Kraven, Nicolas Lampert, Cait McKinney & Hazel Meyer, Gao Mingyan, Ayanah Moor, Macon Reed, and Zhang Qing.

Related Events:
June 1, 7–9pm: Opening Reception

June 4, 6:30–8:30pm: Greatest Sports GIF ContestSports Poetry Reading, & INCITE Sports book launch @ Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub, Rockville Town Square

June 23, 4-5:30pm: Sports and Politics discussion with Kevin Blackistone (national sports columnist, The Washington Post; panelist, ESPN's "Around the Horn") and Kavitha Davidson (columnist, espnW; contributor, ESPN The Magazine) @ VisArts

June 27, 9:00-10:30pm: Screening of A Beautiful Game. Artists: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, James Blagden, Miguel Calderón, Anil Dash, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ana Hušman, Paper Rad, Pied la Biche, Lisa Young. Sports-themed cocktails and a popcorn bar available @ VisArts, rooftop (in case of rain: Buchanan Room, 2nd floor)

July 17
18th Street Arts Center
, Santa Monica, California
Sports issue launch party with INCITE Journal of Experimental Media
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. 

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

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

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Image above: Tomb of the Diver (local limestone, circa 470BC), Paestum, present-day Italy. From "Slow Motion and Sports: Corporeal 'Imageries,' Hypnosis, and Transfigured Time" by Jasmine Pisapia in INCITE: Sports.


Astria Suparak pledges allegiance to no team, but has curated sports-adjacent exhibitions and programs including Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions with Jon Rubin at Carnegie Mellon, Elusive Quality with Lauren Cornell at Participant Inc. and The Liverpool Biennial 2004, and the touring program Adolescent boys, and living rooms.

Brett Kashmere is the founding editor and publisher of INCITE.



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issue #3: new ages
issue #4: exhibition guide
issue #5: blockbuster
issue #∞: forever
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