Studio Fontana

Nationalism, Sport & Fiction (2018)


This workshop explores the relationship between sport and nationalism. Through taking movement and performance as a basis for questioning current social systems and power structures, whilst speculating and rehearsing possible alternatives.


In a context of rising nationalism and social polarisation, citizenship becomes a key element of one’s identity. Contemporary sport creates moments of unification alongside moments of increased political rivalry; gestures of peace as well as nationalistic gestures. In this workshop we look at the sports world as a playground to structure a “reality”.


By hacking the rules of a specific sport, the participants speculate and offer alternatives to the current social phenomenon of polarisation.

The workshop was developed in collaboration with Gali Blay and Giuditta Vendram. It was presented in Basel (CH) at Design Beyond Change 2018.