Participation, endurance, drama, entertainment, wellbeing, spectatorship;
what is the shared ground between sport and art?
The French writer Roland Barthes describes sport as effort made ‘in order to speak the human contract’, aligning the various aesthetic, political and social dynamics of sport with that of its cultural cousin. As ANTI Festival collaborated with Kuopio Marathon to produce a unique programme of live events, leading artists, writers and academics met to discuss how contemporary arts and sport might speak to one and other.
Matti Tainio (FI): artist and reseracher in visual arts with PhD study "Parallel Worlds. Art and Sport in Contemporary Culture" (2015).
Pia Houni (FI): PhD in theatre and drama, writer and researcher specialized in e.g. artists' professional wellbeing.
Penny Andrews (UK): para-athlete (T36 sprinter) and visual/text/sonic artist.
Cassils (CA/US): visual and performance artist and queer activist with a background in bodybuilding, boxing and film stunts. The Powers That Be (210 Kilometers) in the festival programme.
Vicki Weitz (UK): performance artist whose extraordinary endeavours are a critical investigation into the social role of motivation, support and achievement. Running Beyond Language in the festival programme.
Kai Syng Tan & Alan Latham (UK): artist and researcher who run the RUN! RUN! RUN! International Body for Research, which investigates and promotes running as a creative and critical technology that can enable us to re-imagine the way we engage with the world. ANTI-ADULT RUN! RUN! RUN! MASTERCLASS #antiadultrun in the festival programme.