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SERVICE / AUFSCHLAG (2018)
"Service/Aufschlag" reinterprets the sport of tennis by comparing the movement of tennis players hitting a ball with the movement of protestors throwing a Molotov cocktail. While acknowledging the aristocratic origins of tennis, this comparison of movements aims to distance the racket sport from its upper-class context, by juxtaposing it with social extremism, to suggest that perhaps timing and position have become outmoded, displaced by labour that produces energy and energy which in turn produces a reaction. Or alternately, that the cost of bourgeois welfare is inversely proportional to the nonconformity of an exploited class.The object of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return or until the ball breaks and releases the cocoa. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will. Three nets are stretched across the court, dividing it into three equal ends. Three palm trees serve as net posts outside the singles court on each side. A risographed publication with japanese bookbinding accompanies the installation. The publication is a selection of pictures of players hitting a service and people throwing Molotov cocktails. TEXT: SPA / ENG/ GER