On Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 Grenfell Campus Art Gallery and the English program hosted an evening of presentations and readings about the culture of sport and work inspired by sport in conjunction with the exhibition, Zidane: a 21st Century Portrait.
The exhibition, a two-screen video installation, is by internationally renowned artists, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, and is organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada. One screen shows the 2005 soccer match between Real Madrid and Villarreal in real time while the second projection shows images compiled from footage from seventeen cameras that have been focused on sports icon, Zinédine Zidane during the match.
The soundtrack is comprised of the roar of 80,000 cheering fans, Spanish television commentary and original music by Scottish band, Mogwai, along with sounds from the field. It is an intriguing approach to portraiture and an examination of our fascination with icons.
Readers and presenters on the panel included:
- Angie Abdou, author of the award-winning novel, The Bone Cage, a Canada Reads finalist in 2011. This book was championed by NHL superstar Georges Laroque and is also taught in university-level Sport Lit courses across Canada and United States and was included on Canadian Literature's All-Time Top Ten List of Best Canadian Sport Literature.
- John Bodner, folklorist at Grenfell Campus who has produced ethnographies of northern Ontario treeplanters, Toronto street kids. He is currently researching the occupational culture of marijuana growers in a BC village. He is also hopelessly addicted to hockey and writes occasional (and obscure) online articles on hockey culture.
- Linda Maire Conway, filmmaker, director and producer of the NFB film, When Hockey Came to Belfast, which explored the sport of ice hockey as an unlikely catalyst in breaking sectarian barriers for Belfast teen-agers.
- Kent Jones, visual artist, who showed a video about his Boxers Portrait Project which spanned the United States, Newfoundland and Great Britain and Ireland and was shown in Ireland, the United States and Canada.
- Randall Maggs is the author of the multi-award winning book of poetry, Night Work: the Sawchuk Poems.