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This is a series of photo essays looking at the role football plays on college campuses and in cities throughout the country.

A combination of poetry, photo, audio, and videos looking at the complex traditions of celebrations of football, tailgates, and the surrounding environments.  

Sports bring various peoples, communities, and cities together to cheer on their favorite team. Sports can also separate those very same groups, and the nation itself in championship games.   Sport is inherently combative: team vs. team, player vs. player. This versus mentality finds its way on and off the field. What do sports symbolize for our society?  We live in a country where divide and isolation is abundant and continues to further rift.  Sports has the capacity to bring unlike-minded individuals together.    What can the gestures, moves, routines, and plays unlock in daily life?  In cities, towns and college campus rich with sports history- fanaticism runs deep. But can a fanbase go too far, and where do we draw the line regarding celebration versus destruction? How can a sport impact a player, a fan, a neighborhood, a city?

All of the images have been photographed by artist Mike Durkin.  All images and those featured in the photography and video have given consent to be featured on this blog.

Mike (He/Him) is a multidisciplinary social practice performance artist residing in New York City.  Mike was born in Boro Park, Brooklyn, and has lived in Philadelphia for the last 10 years before moving back to NYC.   Mike is guided by the intersection between art and everyday.  With his performance group, The Renegade Company he has created site-responsive social practice productions exploring food access, place and gentrification.  Most recently he created a community-based performance project focussed on substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness working with residents of the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia called: (Kensington) Streetplay. He is currently in development to create a performance project focusing on the role sports plays in communities, entitled, S-P-O-R-T-S-P-L-A-Y.  Mike has held residencies with the Space at Ryder Farm, Drop Forge and Tool, and San Luis Valley Social Practice Residency at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO.  Mike’s work has been presented at the Brandywine River Museum, Barnes Foundation, Mt. Moriah Cemetery, the Life Do Grow Farm, and in parks, churches, fields, along the streets in Kensington, and online.   For more information, check out,  Mike is part of the 2017 MFA in Devised Performance class with Pig Iron Theatre Company/University of the Arts. 

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Too Many Chiefs

Arrowhead Stadium, Independence, MO October 2018 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos Play track to begin HEY! Too many chiefs Not...

University of Mississippi Landsharks

Tailgating continued at the game against LSU November 16th, 2019 Play track to begin Fins Up Never Quit New South Home is a special...

Ole Miss Rebels

The Grove for the LSU game November 16th, 2019 Hotty Toddy To hell with LSU I wandered so aimless life filled with sin I wouldn't let my...

Magnolia State of Mind

Around University and Oxford, Mississippi November 2019 Play Track in Browser to Start “Tell about the South. What's it like there. What...

The Week Before

The week before the LSU Game on the University of Mississippi's campus November 2019 Play track to start Hotty Toddy Trash can Friday Go...

Welcome to Owl Country

taken, Lincoln Financial Stadium, Philadelphia, PA on 9/14/2019 Temple University Play the track to begin. Welcome to Owl Country "T" for...

Scarlet Knight Fever

taken, SHI Stadium, Piscataway, NJ on 10/05/2019 Looking at Rutgers University tailgates Play the track to begin. March, men of Rutgers,...

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