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Posted at Oct 06/2008 09:09PM:
chris witmore: Hey Quinn and Harrison, The football is an excellent choice. In terms of people/things relations it is fascinating how it draws people around it in a game. Michel Serres describes it as a quasi-object and this angle might be fruitful. Have a look at M. Serres with B. Latour 1995: Conversations on Science, Culture, and Time (108).

Posted at Oct 08/2008 01:37PM:
Zack McCune:

Two Books:

How Soccer Explains the World

What is Sport? by Roland Barthes In this book, Barthes actually claims that the football is the game of soccer because it is the object of contention between the athletes.

- patpaul: I imagine that when many people see a soccer ball, or a reference to soccer, it produces in them feelings of pride, victory, combativeness, loss, despair. The association between a thing and a feeling is visceral. For example, mention Tom Brady at the beginning of last year (pride), versus the start of the playoffs (victory), the start of the Super Bowl (combativeness), the end of the Super Bowl (loss) and the first quarter of the first game of this season (despair), and you will elicit completely different reactions, bringing into play the temporality of things.

Posted at Oct 26/2008 09:37PM:
caroline: Is the game still the same when the ball is not actually a ball? How does the material of the ball affect the game?

Posted at Oct 26/2008 11:49PM:
Ana Escobedo: If you are looking at it phenomenologically maybe see how the goalies' point of view is different from the rest of the players based on their intereactions with the ball.

Posted at Oct 28/2008 12:38AM:
Lindsay: I think it might be interesting to look at how different the football is when it's out of air... building off of what Zach was saying about feelings, when the ball is flat it produces a whole different range of emotions (frustration, disappointment, anger) than when it's properly pumped up

Posted at Oct 28/2008 09:47PM:
gareth: I'm not sure if you're looking into the history of the game, but I know that a very primitive form of it was played by the Romans in their Olympics (inherited from the Greeks?). Needless to say, it involved the players seriously injuring each other. What made this seem important to me was that there is still such as aura of tension, violence even, that surrounds the culture of football (which is a very non-violent sport). Check out the movie "Green Street Hooligans" for more on this.

Posted at Nov 06/2008 08:47AM:
oscar: In today's Guardian Newspaper in the Britain there's a piece on the football:

Back to The Football

Posted at Dec 21/2008 10:19AM:
chris witmore: Great work Harrison and Quinn. I really enjoyed reading this project and watching the video clips. Your dual angle of physical skill and cultural bias makes for a lovely combination.