Nøne Futbol Club
The name of this artist collective and its use as a logo, echo the transversal aspect of their practice and the plurality of their field of action. “Nøne Futbol Club” associates three terms with Scandinavian (the letter “ø”), Spanish (Fútbol) and English (club) origins. The letter “ø” which is pronounced like a long French “e”, and which modifies the English word “none”, is also the mathematical symbol for an empty set. Works by this collective embody the metaphor of an artistic process integrating references to games, popular culture, and hacking. The duet, who have been artists and graphic designers for several years now, has created a language that has been enriched by the vocabulary of these two fields. Their performances, sculptures, and installations all claim a rebel attitude mainly based on humour, for instance in the video installation Work n° 075 : Ici c’est Paris (2012), a series of portraits showing a young generation ready for battle, letting white smoke out of their nostrils, like bulls in an arena. The phrases they collect in the urban space sound like slogans. In Work n° 054 : Keep warm burnout the rich (2011), these words, which were a graffiti made during the 2008 riots in Athens, become a branding iron. A playful vocabulary is added to the struggle one: for instance the artists disassemble a police car only to reassemble it backwards (Work n° 911 : All cars are beautiful, 2013). They play with codes from mass culture by appropriating the vocabulary of advertising, reality shows, science-fiction films as well as the use of social networks. By putting society under the scrutiny of their ferocious humour, they mock celebrities (Liza Minnelli, Donatella Versace) abusing plastic surgery and bodybuilders obsessed with modelling their body. Thus, in Work n° 076 : Stay hungry (2013), Mister Universe’s muscles made of caramel melt under the heat of the exhibition lighting.