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I Don't Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me 2018

Mitchell, I (2018) I Don't Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me 2018. 29 June 2018 - 13 July 2018, Camp and Furnace, Liverpool, UK. [Show/Exhibition]

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Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Never Loved Me takes a critical look at “the beautiful game” through the lens of graphic design and illustration. The exhibition presents artwork from an international selection of graphic artists made in response to an essay titled The World Cup and Its Pomps written in 1978 by the famous Italian semiotician, intellectual and writer, Umberto Eco. Published in his collection of essays Travels in Hyperreality (1986), Eco links football "with the absence of purpose and the vanity of all things" questioning the corrosive banality of its punditry, its inherent prejudice and exclusivity and its (a)political morality. The essay concludes with Eco asking rhetorically "Is the armed struggle Is revolution possible on a football Sunday?". I Don't Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me was first exhibited in Liverpool in June 2014 to coincide with England's predictable exit from the competition. As fellow illustrator Christoph Niamann predicted in his web essay for the New York Times, "On July 13, 2014, only 3.125 percent of all fans and players will be able to remember the tournament happily for the rest of their lives". No doubt a similar percentage will be disappointed by July 15, 2018. This Russia 2018 Edition has expanded to feature newly commissioned artworks from an international selection of graphic artists including Jonathan Barnbrook, Kate Gibb, Geneviève Gauckler, Craig Oldham, Patrick Thomas, Joe Magee and Al Murphy. The exhibition forms part of a broader festival The Art of Football taking place in various locations across Liverpool during the World Cup.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: Graphic Arts; Graphic Design; Illustration; Football; Soccer; FIFA World Cup; Semiotics; Umberto Eco
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Art & Design
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Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 11:14
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:16
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9118
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