We asked three players for an initial assessment of the situation. They asked to remain anonymous.
“Let’s be honest, the artists will be playing for a quick buck. While trying very hard to pretend they’re independent, following their whims and leading their moody lives, acting like they don’t care about the money, all they secretly cater to is their earthly cravings. And that, that costs money. Most likely though, they’ll get caught up in endless discussions about authorship on the field and won’t even be able to agree who on their team scored the own goal.”
“The collectors will be trying to prove to themselves that they’re still nimble, that they’ve still got it. And with a bit of luck they’ll be able to scavenge a work of art that makes them look good. Something they are clearly trying to do. All the time. If they win, the work will probably end up in storage, because they will have gotten it for free and valued it accordingly. It wouldn’t surprise me if they tried to bribe the referee or buy the playing field or something.”
“A soccer game led by curators? Are you kidding me? They can hardly make a decision in a gallery space, let alone on a field! They’re a bunch of needy opportunists, going to bed with an artist one night and a collector the next, always looking to find a bit of love for themselves. Usually in vain, too.”
The game’s outcome is uncertain. So are relationships. And opinions.
The first game of its kind will take place on March 3rd at 2pm on an empty, overgrown lot in the center of San José. This space, a wasteland whose best known athletic event is running from your mugger, will host a spectacular showdown between two rivals eager to be crowned champion.
Team of artists
Team of art collectors
Team of referees
After a concept by Random Institute