No Such Thing as Social Sport
Window Exhibition by Artist Katie Jacobs
Opens 4th August – runs to 1st September
Anthony DiMase Architects
342 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy
Melbourne, Victoria, 3068
Katie Jacobs is a ceramicist/artist/designer from Melbourne, Australia, who is inspired by various obsessions with popular culture, iconography and the Australian identity. Through her artwork, she investigates this creation of cultural, national and social identity through the broad use of the narrative.
“No Such Thing as Social Sport” investigates the sporting rituals of Australia, revealing a cultural obsession that borders on fetishistic. Katie’s father once broke a low-hanging light while cheering for an Essendon victory goal.
For this exhibition, she has focussed on collecting sporting language and sayings used by sports fans, commentators and players. Katie’s indoor soccer teammate Alex once told her in no uncertain terms, that there’s “No Such Thing as Social Sport”. She uses the vehicle of the trophy – a symbol of sporting achievement – to highlight invisible structures underlying sports culture, revealing what sentiments we value within and beyond this arena.