Nøne Futbol Club
The name of this collective of artists and its variation in the form of a logo reflect the transversality of their practice and the plurality of their fields of action. “Nøne Futbol Club” combines three terms with Nordic (the letter “o”), Spanish (fútbol) and English (club). The letter «o», which is pronounced «eu» and here modifies the English word none («none, person»), is also in mathematics the symbol of an empty set. The work of this collective embodies the metaphor of an artistic process assimilating references to gambling, popular culture and hacking. Artists and graphic designers for a few years, the duo created a language that was enriched by the vocabulary of these two fields. Their performances, sculptures and installations affirm a rebellious spirit using mainly humour, as in the video installation Work n°075: Ici c'est Paris (2012), a series of portraits of a young generation ready to fight, Letting out white smoke through the nostrils has the image of the bulls in the arena. The formulas taken from the urban space sound like slogans. In Work n°054: Keep warm burnout the rich (2011), the expression, derived from graffiti executed during the Athens riots in 2008, has become an iron to mark cattle. To the language of revolt is added that of the game: the artists dismantle for example a police car to reassemble it upside down (Work n°911: All cars are beautiful, 2013). They divert the codes of mass culture, appropriating the vocabulary of advertising, reality TV and science fiction cinema, as well as the use of social networks. Passing the image society through their fierce humor, they mock celebrities (Liza Minnelli, Donatella Versace) who abuse plastic surgery and bodybuilders obsessed with remodeling their bodies. Thus, in Work n°076: Stay hungry (2013), the muscles of a caramel Mister Universe melt under the heat.
Work n°2B: La Tonsure (after Marcel Duchamp) (2015) experiments the infiltration of the football world through art. The artists having noted that the haircuts of the footballers constituted one of the rare spaces of free expression which the latter have, they proposed to a former player of the team of France, Djibril Cissé, to reproduce the famous Tonsure of Marcel Duchamp immortalized by Man Ray. Cissé’s films and photographs wearing this new cup then circulated on the active networks of the football sphere. Nøne Futbol Club thus tries to identify the impact of an archetypal image of modernity, that of Man Ray, on supporters. The project also declines this visual sign into objects, in order to question the notion of advertising aesthetics.
Work n°2B : La tonsure (after Marcel Duchamp), 2015
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