shu and joe

Football Fever

Published on June 21, 2008

The Euro 2008 Football championships are on right now and you can hear cheering and/or fireworks just about every night. Turkey beat Croatia last night, so they face Germany next week. A friend in Kreuzberg reported that he couldn’t get to sleep with all the celebrations going on outside. Should be an interesting game, especially for the fans that have the German and Turkish flags flying proudly from their balconies. Who to support? What color to wear?

To sustain our football fever, we went to see Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s 90-minute multi-angle “documentary” about the eponymous French athlete, released just before the World Cup. At DAAD Gallery, the final cut of the film was shown next to out-takes, creating an immersive Zidane-centered screening room. Something strange happened when one was forced to focus on one player and not on the ball. The action seemed fragmented, unimportant. Gordon occasionally added Zidane’s own quotes beneath the images:

“The game, the event, is not necessarily experienced or remembered in ‘real time’…My memories of games and events are fragmented…I remember playing in another place, at another time, when something amazing happened. Someone passed the ball to me, and before even touching it, I knew exactly what was going to happen. I knew I was going to score. It was the first and last time it ever happened.”

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