Great Stuff: Hark! A Vagrant

April 12, 2012 · Print This Article

This week we are trying something new. Truth be told, we were planning on trying something new at the beginning of January but due to various mishaps we are two months late. The snappy-est title we could come up with “Great Stuff.” What that really is a subtitle for is “Great Stuff that was found in our offices regardless of how it got there.” So we begin “Great Stuff” with Kate Beaton’s “Hark! A Vagrant.”

Last fall Beaton’s new comic anthology “Hark! A Vagrant” was published by Drawn and Quarterly, and is truly delightful. it arrived our offices and quietly sat in a pile of things that needed to be read for several months, never really hinting at the ridiculous good times to be had within but one quiet afternoon I picked it up and could not put it down. Beaton’s a veteran cartoonist whose work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the National Post and the New Yorker. Beaton is a kind of spiritual kin to Bad at Sports. Her work draws heavily on her degree in history and her broad knowledge of literature, and then couples those intellectual impulses with an absurd sense of humor which would make Monty Python proud and had me laughing out loud over and  neglecting phone calls. In fact, I’ve come back to it and reread it twice since my first reading. If you are a fan of art, literature, Canada, history, and being an intellectual well making fun of intellectuals this shit will tear you up.

The high points for me include jokes about the “Great Gatsby,” the Brontë sisters, St. Francis, and Canadian stereotypes. the back covers cartoon is a special treat for those of us who’ve devoted our lives to things that are often difficult to empathize with.

You can find more delight with Kate Beaton here.

And Drawn and Quarterly here.

Get Your Thinking On and Move Shit With Your Mind.

April 3, 2012 · Print This Article

Do you think you are brain enough to take our friends at the London United Psychic Club? Or maybe this is the year Bad at Sports steps up to show our psychic dominance? Maybe not. But we feel that this might be your year.


a Noxious Sector project

Seattle (WA)
June 7 – 30, 2012

Noxious Sector Arts Collective invites submissions for the 2012
WORLD TELEKINESIS COMPETITION, to be held in Seattle (WA) from
June 7 to June 30, 2012. Participation is not geographically
dependent — teams may participate from their home locations, in
North America and Internationally. Only the first 32 teams to
register will be included in the 2012 competition.

DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2012 (or until tournament schedule is full)

The WORLD TELEKINESIS COMPETITION is a forum for speculative
action — an organized tournament in which teams from around the
world engage in psychic competition to remotely influence the
behavior of a candle. Matches are played by lighting a candle at
the centre of the official game board, at an agreed-upon time,
signaling the beginning of the game. A match lasts for one hour,
or until the game candle is extinguished, whichever comes first.
In the event of a tie at the end of one hour, the match goes into
sudden death. The object of the game is to have the wax from the
candle drip onto the opposing team’s side of the game board. This
objective is to be accomplished by remote telekinetic influence.
The winning team will be awarded the World Telekinesis
Competition trophy, which they will get to keep until next year’s
competition. To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the World
Telekinesis Competition, theere will also be a set of
championship rings produced for the winning team.

To qualify for competition, teams must submit the following:

1. A statement of interest or method;

2. A list of three (3) members who comprise the team, and a
concise biographical statement for each team member;

3. A medium-resolution (2MB) image of each team member;

4. A team name and logo (medium resolution).

Submissions should be sent by email to:  with

For further details please visit:
or email us at

(or until tournament schedule is full)

Noxious Sector is a formalized forum for informal inquiry.
Dedicated to the exploration of questions of the imaginative, the
paranormal and the absurd, Noxious Sector attempts to redefine
the meaning of artistic possibility through extended propositions
that challenge consensual norms while also provoking stimulating
forums for dialogue and discourse.



Version Fest 12 needs your help!

April 2, 2012 · Print This Article

So our friends down in Bridgeport need your help to do something fantastic. Seriously. Watch their video.

Now, we have tried to not pimp people’s Kickstarters. This is for two reasons… We (just like you) have a little “kickstarter fatigue,” and well, sooner or later we are also going to have to do a kickstarter to keep our project going and we don’t want everyone to be completely “kicked out” before we need the help.

That being said, maybe it is time to help out Version Fest as it has helped out thousands of us.

Everybody is talking about Residencies!

March 27, 2012 · Print This Article

Not surprisingly our friends at EXPO are talking about some of the same thing we are…Go check it out.


Presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), is a year round program of symposia, panel discussions, and provocative artistic discourse. EXPO /Dialogues will culminate each year in daily programming at EXPO CHICAGO, highlighting the field’s leading artists, architects, curators, designers and arts professionals and the current issues that engage them.

Artist Residency Panel Discussion
Monday, April 2nd
SAIC Ballroom
112 S. Michigan Avenue

*Event is free and open to the public

Elizabeth Chodos

Brad Killam
Poor Farm

Cortney Lederer
BOLT Residencies

Abigail Satinsky

Nicholas Wylie

Moderated by Tricia Van Eck, 6018North and The Happiness Project

Live in a bathroom in Brooklyn!!!

February 9, 2012 · Print This Article

Tonight our own Amanda Browder and Tom Sanford rock a bathroom in brooklyn with Nanna Nordstrom? 7pm Get there early if you want a seat.

UPDATE: you can watch it HERE.

Thursday, February 9: 7:00pm

In a bathroom in Brooklyn

Bad at Sports
apexart Resident
Nanna Nordström

team up for another
Full-of-Depth Interview

Location: Arts @ Renaissance space
2 Kingsland Ave (@Maspeth Ave) – Garden Level
East Williamsburg
L Train Graham stop

apexart and Bad at Sports are collaborating once again for their Resident Talk with current apexart Inbound Resident, Nanna Nordström, visiting from Stockholm, Sweden. Amanda Browder and Tom Sanford from the Bad at Sports team will interview Nanna in the depths of a once-hospital out in Brooklyn, getting to the bottom of what exactly the apexart Residency is, what her experiences have been during her month in New York, and new influences the city has brought.

Amanda Browder is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Missoula, MT, Amanda moved to Chicago in 2001 to teach at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and to later help start the Bad at Sports podcast with Duncan MacKenzie and Richard Holland. In 2007 Amanda moved to New York and now heads the NY Bureau. As a fine-artist Amanda has shown nationally and internationally and last year she received a grant from Brooklyn Arts Council and the NPArt.

Tom Sanford is a New York based artist. He is represented by Leo Koenig Inc and Galleri Faurschou and has exhibited all over the world. He is a contributor to Bad at Sports and one of their New York correspondents.

Nanna Nordström is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. She was born 1981 in Jönköping, Sweden and before going on to the arts she studied agriculture. She got her art education at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and at the Akademie der bildenden Kunste in Vienna. She has exhibited both in Sweden and abroad. Nordström is one of the holders of the IASPIS (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program) studio grant 2011 and she is currently living and working in Dresden, Germany. For more information on apexart resident Nanna Nordström, visit her resident page.

Over the course of the series, the Bad at Sports team will grill and provoke apexart residents in increasingly ridiculous scenarios while talking art, residencies, the role of conversation, and the inspiration that comes with travel.


PS. I will try and knock out a big post about our involvement and the series sometime in the  next week!

PPS. I don’t actually know about seats. It was a toilet joke.