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Trying the Hand of God
w/ Sue Huang
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
April 2, 2009

Knifeandfork (Brian House and Sue Huang) hosts a carefully choreographed, repeating reenactment of the infamous "Hand of God" soccer goal from the 1986 FIFA World Cup restaged on MOCA's 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 and eventually lead his team to win 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.

Announcer: Enrique Gutierrez of KMEX/Univision 34. Director: Mike Cahill. Players: Josh Anderson, Scott Davis, Kenny Garay, Oscar Garay, Elmer Garcia, Brian Shim. Lighting: Jules Medina. Production assistance: Bobby Campo, Meghan Grebling, Matt Miller, Alanna Yu. Video documentation and editing: Alex MacInnis. Photo documentation: Patrick Miller. DJ: Wendy Yao. Blog: Guthrie Lonergan. Thanks: Aandrea Stang, Meghan Grebing, MOCA Think Tank and staff, Megan Metcalf.