SPORTING FORMS

Topologies of The Beautiful Game

Sporting Forms is a new digital artwork that reinterprets the football games of the World Cup as a performance piece and a series of 3D printed sculptures representing each one of seven matches through the group games, the quarter and semi-finals, and the final itself. The hope is that each of these games will include England as one of the competing sides.

Using positional data collected on players in real-time throughout each game, a new artwork will be produced that uses this data to create a digital performance where the players movements and interactions with other players become the artists within the work. Working with leading sports data company Opta Sporting Forms uses time led data of players on-pitch positions throughout seven World Cup football matches. This data provides the on-pitch positions of events with players throughout each game, timestamped as it happens.

Sporting Forms uses an algorithm to reinterpret each event in the game, creating a topology of the game and influencing the final form. The algorithm combines the positivity of the outcome from each event, the type of the event and the success of each team to manipulate and create the form as the events happen. The result oftens reflects the excitment, the disappointment and the "interestingness" of each match.

Following the tournament the data from each game will be used to create a three dimensional topology, a sculpture of the game and the players performance, and exhibited as real objects through the use of 3D printing technology to create a tangible representation of each match. These sculptures will be exhibited at The Pride and The Passion" exhibition at Quad in Derby, U.K.

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The matches

Germany 1 vs Argentina 0

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Brazil 1 vs Germany 7

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Costa Rica 0 vs England 0

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England 1 vs Uruguay 2

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England 1 vs Italy 2

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