The Dubai Fountain Unveiled After Over A Year of Work & $218 Million USD

November 9, 2009 · Print This Article

The Dubai Fountain which was announced in June of 2008 by developer Burj Dubai has officially been opened. At an estimated cost of $218 Million USD or 800 Million AED the fountain is the largest and most complex of it’s kind. Surpassing the Fountains of Bellagio at Las Vegas by at least 25%.

The fountains which are over 300 yards in length can shoot to the maximum height of 150 meters, which is equivalent to the 50-story building or 1/5th of the way up the nearby Burj Dubai super-skyscraper that is set to be completed by January of 2010.

Episode 219: Jeremy Deller and Esam Pasha

November 9, 2009 · Print This Article

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Jermey Deller

Jeremy Deller. That’s right, this week we have one of the world’s most interesting contemporary artists talking about “What It Is,” a show and tour he has worked on, that appeared at The Hammer, the New Museum and now, Chicago’s MCA, featuring a car that was bombed-out during the Iraq war. He is joined by artist Esam Pasha to talk about “What It Is”

Deller’s work often challenges our assumptions about what “is” and “is not” art and uses the banner term “art” to gain access to, extend, push, and develop local cultures. Deller is also the first Turner Prize-winner to appear in the 230 hours of the Bad at Sports show.

Schedule of Participants at the MCA
Jeremy Deller
Esam Pasha
MCA Release about the show

Best Halloween Costume Idea of 2009 Goes To

November 3, 2009 · Print This Article

Why goes as yourself for Halloween when you can go as the 8-bit low resolution version of yourself? I don’t know the girls name but the work speaks for itself. The photos were posted on her blog kindacarsick and I look forward to what she comes up with next year.

Bad at Sports Site Redesign

November 2, 2009 · Print This Article

BaS KidWelcome to the new website for Bad at Sports. With this major re-design we aim to strip away some of the site’s more cumbersome features in order to focus on the two things we do: the podcast and the blog. Now, you can access blog content from the website’s home page along with direct links to our most recent stories and related posts from our archives.

The weekly podcast’s content remains front and center (well, now it’s a little more left-of-center), with the past few weeks’ worth of podcasts available through direct links on the home page as well. In the coming weeks, we’ll also be adding some new Chicago-based bloggers to our mix of weekly contributors–stay tuned for those announcements soon.

In November, we’ll also be initiating a new weekly(ish) series titled Off-Topic, in which we invite artists, curators, writers, and other cultural workers to discuss a subject not related to the practice of making art. It’s a chance for people to geek out on aspects of culture that they’re passionate about outside the realm of fine art proper – topics they don’t have a forum to write about elsewhere – and based on the essays we’ve already got lined up, we’re pretty confident this new series is going to kick ass.

With the new site, we want to try out a few different ways of engaging community response to our blog content in an effort to make Bad at Sports feel like a welcoming place for everyone who wants to hang out here.  Instead of a comments feature, we’ll have a bi-weekly “Letters to the Editors” post on Saturdays. Please send your thoughts, threats, and hate mail to with the subject Letters to the Editor. We’re also going to be making a bigger behind-the-scenes effort to engage our listeners and readers more directly by soliciting your contributions to the Off-Topic series as well as a few other new content angles we’ve got up our sleeves but aren’t quite ready to roll out yet.

We hope you’re as excited about our redesign as we are. Take a look around, see what you think. And as always, thanks for hanging with us.

Episode 218: Temporary Services

November 1, 2009 · Print This Article

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This week for your listening pleasure Bad at Sports has dispatched Shannon Stratton and Duncan MacKenzie to Illinois’ glorious Kankakee to meet up with the artists of Temporary Services. They query Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin, and Marc Fischer about social practice and the group’s decade long history.

The new is here! Come check out our redesign!

Sunday the 8th we all need to once again make a trek down to Hyde Park to pick up the Artists Run Chicago Digest. In it you will find contributions by Lori Waxman, Dan Gunn, and little ole Bad at Sports!

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Artists Run Chicago Digest Release
Sunday, November 8, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell
Chicago, IL 60615

Join the Hyde Park Art Center, threewalls and The Green Lantern Press, as they celebrate the release of the Artists Run Chicago Digest.

The A.R.C. Digest: Published by threewalls and The Green Lantern
Press, The Artists Run Chicago Digest documents Chicago artist-run ‘spaces’ active between 1999 and 2009 offering a look at the various platforms that often act as extensions to studio practice.

As the official catalog of Artists Run Chicago, an exhibition that
featured 34 artist-run spaces from around the city from May 10-July 5, 2009 at the Hyde Park Art Center, The A.R.C. Digest acts as compliment to and extension of the exhibition, with interviews, essays, and an audio supplement presenting a 10-year time period in Chicago’s artist-run culture while providing history, reflection, critique and dialog about artist-run culture, its importance, difficulties, sustainability and necessity as well as its specificity to a community and generation. [Read more]