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Submit your favorite sports GIF, original or found, by May 30th for consideration in the VisArts Greatest Sports GIFs of All Time Contest at Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub in Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD on Monday, June 4, 6:30 PM.  No submission fee for the contest, and no admission fee for the event.

A contest for the “Sports G.G.O.A.T. (Greatest GIF of All Time),” will be decided by the audience in a NCAA bracket-style tournament, with readings of poetry made from re-edited television interviews of athletes (a project of writers Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker), as part of the Rockville launch of the Sports issue of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media.

This event promises to be fun and lively!  Contribute your GIF or yell, scream, and clap for your favorites. Special sports themed cocktails and pub food available for purchase. Prizes for winners.

Special guests will read SportsTalk poetry by: John Amaechi, Larry Bird, Jason Collins, Darryl Dawkins, Mark Gonzales, Kwame Harris, Martina Navratilova, Ronda Rousey, Sheryl Swoopes, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Zinedine Zidane


You can submit your GIF in one of three ways:

1) Upload the GIF through Submittable (form below).
2) Email the GIF with your name, email address, and the name of the maker of the GIF (if known), to [fmccauley@visartscenter.org]
3) Tweet the GIF with your name, email address, and the name of the maker of the GIF (if known), to https://twitter.com/VisArtsCenter


This contest is part of the programming accompanying the exhibition Power Forward on display at VisArts from May 23 to July 1, 2018.  The exhibition is curated by Astria Suparak and features artists: Haig Aivazian, Cara Erskine, Karen Kraven, Nicolas Lampert, Cait McKinney & Hazel Meyer, Gao Mingyan, Ayanah Moor, Macon Reed, and Zhang Qing. 

Sports are not a refuge from the “real world.” Sports have been and always are political. Who gets to play? Who is penalized for what? Which stadiums are built, where, and with whose money? Eminent domain, organized labor, drug and gender testing, commercial sponsorships, tax breaks, bribery, and abuse scandals are just some of the ways power is flexed daily within what has been called a secular religion and a proxy war. The artists in this exhibition draw upon the hidden and political histories of sports to open up analyses of the social world. 

For more information about Power Forward, INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media and other programming visit:  https://www.visartscenter.org/more/event/power-forward/

Generously funded by the Windgate Charitable Trust.

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