Trying the Hand of God
Brian House and Sue Huang (Knifeandfork) 2009
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the team
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josh anderson
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elmer garcia
scott davis
brian shim
mike cahill
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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA), LOS ANGELES
2009 APRIL 2
Knifeandfork hosts a carefully choreographed, continuous reenactment of the infamous "Hand of God" soccer goal from the 1986 FIFA World Cup staged on a recreation of Mexico City's Azteca Stadium within MOCA Sculpture Plaza.

Audience members have the opportunity to play the role of Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer legend who scored the illegal but unpenalized goal against England during the quarterfinals, eventually leading his team to win the match and the tournament. The possibility of a "perfect" performance inevitably remains elusive — rather, the repetitions serve as a form of kinetic documentation, both of what was and what might have been, and they grant the audience agency over the representation of this iconic event which has been otherwise ossified by media reproduction.

Trying the Hand of God is one of three works that Knifeandfork made while Artist in Residence at MOCA, Los Angeles. The project is documented in its entirety at the residency blog Trying the Hand of God Archive.
Concept, engineering, fabrication, and production
Brian House,  Sue Huang
Performance and video direction
Mike Cahill
Consulting
Josh Anderson
Live Announcing
Enrique Gutierrez of KMEX/Univision 34
Performance
Josh Anderson,  Scott Davis,  Kenny Garay,  Oscar Garay,  Elmer Garcia,  Brian Shim
Lighting Design
Jules Medina
Production Assistance
Bobby Campo,  Meghan Grebling,  Matt Miller,  Alanna Yu
DJ set
Blogging
Video documentation and editing
Alex MacInnis
Photo documentation
Patrick Miller
Thanks to
Aandrea Stang,  Meghan Grebing,  MOCA Think Tank and staff,  Megan Metcalf
Writing / press
KMEX/Univision 34
TV segment, 2009 April 2

Rhizome
2010 July 2

I was Diego Maradona...
2009 April 4