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Werker 9 — Radical Sports Centre

A COLLECTIVE RESEARCH ON THE POLITICS OF SPORTS

Sports have a strong influence on today’s understanding of concepts like success, gender, sexuality, beauty, health, leisure, collectivity, etc. Nevertheless, sports have not always been perceived this way. Back in the 1920’s, the so-called Worker Sports developed a humanist agenda of values in their manifestations. They claimed international solidarity against nationalism, amateurism against professionalisation and business, mixed sports against gender segregation, collectivity against individualism. Worker Sports even supported Naturism!

If Worker Sports were so progressive in their ideals, how come they have been erased from History? What role does sports play within today’s global capitalism? How are sports represented in media, advertising and the fashion industry? Which sports are underrepresented and therefore unknown? And foremost, how can sports be turned into a vehicle to promote solidarity, well-being and social justice?

Inspired on the collective learning methodologies of the Worker Photographers, we have developed a group research on the subject of sports and its influence on politics, economy, identity, etc. The outcome of this research configures a so-called Radical Sports Centre that manifests in a series of site-specific interventions taking place throughout the Art Academy.

Werker 9 — Radical Sports Centre is a project by Werker Magazine (Marc Roig Blesa & Rogier Delfos) with the 2nd Year Graphic Design Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Amsterdam, 2013.

Sci-Fi / Communism

Inspired both by the use of sp…

Sci-Fi / Communism — Anna Zu…

Sci-Fi / Communism — Anna Zu…

Colonialism

What was the use of sports in …

Colonialism — Mikel Orfanos,…

Colonialism — Mikel Orfanos,…

Colonialism — Mikel Orfanos,…

Colonialism — Mikel Orfanos,…

Colonialism — Mikel Orfanos,…

Colonialism — Mikel Orfanos,…

Fashion

At the art academy the student…

Fashion — Bella Ridlhammer, …

Fashion — Bella Ridlhammer, …

Fashion — Bella Ridlhammer, …

Media

The body turned into an image,…

Media — Andrada Smaranda, Ot…

Media — Andrada Smaranda, Ot…

Absurdity

Why all that sweat? Sports are…

Absurdity — Celina Yavelow, …

Absurdity — Celina Yavelow, …

Absurdity — Celina Yavelow, …

Absurdity — Celina Yavelow, …

Tools

Are animals tools? Is a bullfi…

Tools — Velisava Dakova, Adi…

Tools — Velisava Dakova, Adi…

Tools — Velisava Dakova, Adi…

Video Games

Both the spectator of sports a…

Video Games — Jay Yoon, Ben …

Video Games — Jay Yoon, Ben …

Video Games — Jay Yoon, Ben …

Video Games — Jay Yoon, Ben …

Video Games — Jay Yoon, Ben …

Video Games — Jay Yoon, Ben …

Domestic Games

Can our domestic activities be…

Domestic Games — Lou Buche, …

Domestic Games — Lou Buche, …

Domestic Games — Lou Buche, …

Domestic Games — Lou Buche, …

Domestic Games — Lou Buche, …

Domestic Games — Lou Buche, …

Supporters

Working-class counciousness, u…

Supporters — Miguel Hervas G…

Supporters — Miguel Hervas G…

Supporters — Miguel Hervas G…

Doping

Why does society criminalize d…

Doping — Robin Scholz, Lotte…

Doping — Robin Scholz, Lotte…