Micropolitics at the Overexposed Stadium

10.208   A building is constructed to host the production of great sporting spectacles. Cathedrals of consumption to showcase the pursuits of some of the most finely-tuned athletes on the planet. Concrete, glass, wood, polymer and electronic circuitry wrap around a skeleton of girded steel. Surveillance and spectacle meet in a moebius strip of control at the nexus of security and entertainment. A shiny new stadium is born.

11.085   Initially, this building is a sterile space of potential: it has yet to host any events that showcase great and wonderful athletic pursuits, or yet to become a place of individual and communal experience fashioned with its own sense of history. But soon the games begin. And as the cheers and jeers weave a fabric of nostalgia over time, the body of the building begins to show its age. Decay creeps in. Efforts at structural buttressing or cosmetic rejuvenation may prolong the building's lifespan (for quite some time in certain cases), but eventually claims on behalf of its use-value cannot be sustained and the building is euthanized. Do not shed a tear in architectural mourning, however, for the largest and most famous of these sports stadia will have been replicated long before then.

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from "micropolitics at the overexposed stadium," a companion essay written by sean smith for the homeshop series one: games 2008 project wii would like to play // we don't have tickets and published in the homeshop exhibition journal wear, december 2008.

though its shine within the grittiness of the hutong must be perceived in unique ways, the recently-born homeshop was named #4 on artforum china's best of 2008 top ten list for its "forward attempts to enter the public consciousness."


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