Trafferball: A sport extracted from rioting
My project explores the links between sport and the social context surrounding it. There are intrinsic forms of social expression in sport and as such it has undeniable links with crowds and riot behaviour. For sport to exist it is not merely about creating an opposition, but a notion of entertainment and the engagement of a mass. History has shown how frequently sports have arisen as an alternative to war, as well as celebrating the culture from which it was born. A competitive pitch is also created and becomes a platform for re-enactment.
I am interested in looking at the strategies and elements during moments of social disorder and how these might be reconfigured and formulised to create a new sport. Extracting and designing ‘Trafferball’ from the act of rioting could enable us to transmit the cultural values of our society.