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

A carefully choreographed, repeating reenactment allows participants to play the role of Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer legend who scored the illegal but unpenalized “Hand of God” goal against England during the 1986 FIFA World Cup. The possibility of a “perfect” performance inevitably remains elusive—rather, the repetitions are a form of kinetic media that contrasts YouTube’s replays. TVs throughout the museum show the event as it is remade.

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.