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tags to show off their skills. I’ve been mostly intrigued by the title of this work, Emptiness is Form (Golf and Donuts). Why you choose this title?

/while swinging putters through an art museum/, that was the best. Mattia Casalegno:In the project Trying the Hands of God, you recontextualized a word-wide mediated narrative into a personal and subjective micro-narrative, repeated again and again for each participant, like in a “web 2.0″ fashion where the experience is highly personalized. I see in this a kind of “broadcast” vs. multicast” parallel, almost if you wanted to “re-distribute” such a mass-communicated event to an individual level: why did you choose this specific popular and mediatic “gesture” ?

Knifeandfork: Emptiness is Form is a simple Buddhist equation that tries to illustrate the plasticity of conceptualization, that any idea we have of some thing is not absolute. And golf and donuts are both about creating and destroying holes (i.e When you play a hole in golf, you are in actuality filling a physical hole, thus destroying it. When you make a donut, you are also making a hole, but when you eat it, you are destroying it). So in our piece you literally score holes — you get a physical donut hole when you complete a golf hole. Golf is about negative space (fairway) as desirable and positive space (obstacles) as to be avoided. So in the museum, in which one is typically staring atwalls in the gallery or objects in the space, now you’re trying to clear your ball through empty space.

Knifeandfork: It might have worked with any number of events of sufficient scale; we just wanted it to be historical, widely experienced, and repeated ad nauseam on TV or internet. But Maradona’s play had a lot of interesting features– it broke the rules of soccer, it was highly skilled, it was a political statement of sorts with political implications, it was international rather than American, it

Similarly, our course took people through marginal spaces in the building, storerooms and stairwells, emphasizing these over the galleries. It’s all about understanding and shifting how we inhabit space. But people got it in an entirely fun and natural way — to hear people getting pissed off that their friends weren’t following the proper rules of golf

was religious (in Diego’s use of the word “God” and his deific status), it was beautiful, it’s all over YouTube. Angelenos are international and love soccer, and also it was a nice play on words as we were wrestling with ideas of chance and fate vs skill, and those ideas are nicely encompassed in

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DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

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