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Codex Combat


Performance
collaboration with Cris Bačić
2017

During sports, despite the existence of rules or sportsmanship, conflict is not always regulated. Only because of serious fights, it can escalate to violence. Basically, although the ethos of sportsmanship is glamorizing human fights while aiming for enjoyment, we have to tolerate that there are risks unwished fights will bring. However as symbolized by combat sports, these are clearly of a different act from brutal conflict such as street fights; one can enjoy fighting with peace of mind in sports because sports should be theoretically performed based on rules. On the other hand, in street fights, rules are not needed in principle, but they would be always expected to obey morals as a human. Eventually, these two different fights are distinguished whether or not it is matter of affection (respect) toward others. If we did not recognize that, we would not be able to gaze at fights because they can just seem violent. Sportsmanship is, so to say, an uncertain promise that encourages us to follow rules and morals and which put athletes and audiences at ease, so that they can enjoy without distraction. Here it should be emphasized that sports assume not only sportsmanship but also, first of all, an already built relationship of trust.

What I find interesting is that the relationship of trust is complemented not only with sportsmanship, because it is not anything that guarantees not to be betrayed, and therefore trust is being built up during games after all. Then one can easily imagine that the stronger and directer that could work, when the more violence and dangerous the sporting act is. This is because we could equally share great risks of betrayal through that. Then I found martial sports clearly show the reason why we generally want to compete with each other, and took a great deal of interest in developing the meaning of martial sports in society. Then I tried to achieve a fighting act which dealt with swing of spiritual distance between players; performed no-hand-boxing. Through this act, we wanted to see whether an activity or a sport, that everybody could understand without rules or with codex (unspoken understanding), comes into existence in the sence of the essential communication, whether that could embody the core of sportsmanship.

 


 

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31 x 45 cm, paper on acrylic color

 


45 x 45 x 15 cm, boxing glove, rope. 2017