Camp & Furnace / 14th June – 28th June 2018
Graphic Design & Illustration Exhibition
Produced by LJMU School Of Art & Design
Camp & Furnace / 29th June – 15th July 2018
Opening times: From One Hour Before Kick Off On All World Cup Match Days
I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Never Loved Me takes a critical look at “the beautiful game” through the lens of graphic design and illustration. The exhibition presents artwork from an international selection of graphic artists made in response to an essay titled The World Cup and Its Pomps written in 1978 by the famous Italian semiotician, intellectual and writer, Umberto Eco. Published in his collection of essays Travels in Hyperreality (1986), Eco links football “with the absence of purpose and the vanity of all things” questioning the corrosive banality of its punditry, its inherent prejudice and exclusivity and its (a)political morality. The essay concludes with Eco asking rhetorically “Is the armed struggle possible on World Cup Sunday…Is revolution possible on a football Sunday?”
Confirmed artists include world renowned designer and typographer Jonathan Barnbrook (David Bowie’s Blackstar and Damien Hirst publication I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life…), Brendan Dawes (digital artist and designer who has work in the permanent collection at MoMA, NY), Craig Oldham (In Loving Memory of Work) and Kat Gibb (long time Chemical Brothers collaborator).