The New National Sport
Cigdem AydemirPresented in Season 2 2018
Durational performance art
10am – 6pm, Sat 8 Dec
Come and go as you please
Lygon Street, Carlton
In this live endurance performance, Cigdem Aydemir must return serves sent from a tennis-ball throwing machine, which ejects a ball whenever the word ‘terror’ is tweeted. With tweets appearing once every few seconds, The New National Sport questions the stamina of a society inundated by – and desensitised to – the news of terror.
Like a player in a macabre tennis game, Aydemir ducks and weaves to negotiate the unpredictability of the machine, which is connected to a screen displaying the emerging tweets. Her relentless vigilance reflects that of the Muslim community – of which she is a member – regardless of whether or not a new act of terror occurs or is committed by a Muslim. Over eight hours, The New National Sport attempts to visualise how news of terror impacts the human body – and by extension, the larger, socio-political body.
Terror – if it doesn’t kill us, will it make us stronger?
“Aydemir uses a light hand to deal dark topics, allowing you to look and relook, think and revise.” The Guardian, on Plastic Histories
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Supported by – The New National Sport is supported by the City of Melbourne through Arts House and was developed through CultureLAB.
Image by – Cigdem Aydemir