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Alytus art strike: 3-sided football (trišalis futbolas)

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Uploaded on Aug 25, 2009

Alytus Art Strike Biennial activities. 3-sided Football Match. The game was arranged according to the Luther Blissets 3-sided Football League rules but arranged in a thickset of trees in the park what even strengthened the sense of psychogeography for the players. There were spontaneously resulted three teams of blackies, whiteys and colored [according to the shirt color] the whiteys lost the game unless scored the maximum goals.

Rules: The game deconstructs the mythic bi-polar strcuture of conventional football, where an us-and-them struggle mediated by the referee mimics the way the media and the state pose themselves as "neutral" elements in the class struggle. Likewise, it is no psycho-sexual drama of the fuckers and fucked - the possibilities are greatly expanded! The pitch is hexagonal each team being assigned two opposite sides for bureaucratical purposes should the ball be kicked out of the play. The blank side is called the front side. The side containing the orifice is called the backside, and the orifice is called a goal. Should the ball be thrust through a team's orifice, the team is deemed to have conceded a goal - so in an emblematic fashion this perpetuates the anal-retentive homophobic techniques of conventional football whereby homo-erotic tension is built up, only to be sublimated and repressed. However the trialectic appropriation of this technique dissolves the homo-erotic/homo-phobic bipolarity as a successful attack will generally imply co-operation with the third team. This should overcome the prominent resistance to women taking their full part in football. Meanwhile the penetration of the defence by two opposing teams imposes upon the defence the task of counterbalancing their disadvantage through sowing the seeds of discord in an alliance which can only be temporary. This will be achieved through exhortation, body language, and an ability to manoeuvre the ball and players into such a position that one opposing team will realise that its interests are better served by breaking off the attack and allying themselves with the defending team. Bearing in mind that such a decision will not necessarily be immediate, a team may well find itself split between two alliances. Such a situation opens them up to the possibility of their enemies uniting, making maximum use of this confusion. 3-sided football is a game of skill, persuasion and psychogeography. When the ball goes out of the play on the frontside, a throw-in is conceded. This is carried out by the team whose frontside it is, unless they had last touch. In that case the throw in is taken by the team whose goal is the nearest. When the ball goes out of the play at the backside, the defening team has a goal kick, unless they had last touch, in which case a corner is taken by the team whose goal is nearest. The semicircle around the goal functions as a penalty area and it may be necessary to use it for some sort of offside rule which has yet to be developed.

2009 m. rugpjūčio 22 d. per Alytaus meno streiko bienalę buvo surengtos pirmosios oficialios trišalio futbolo varžybos Lietuvoje. Buvo žaidžiama tankiai medžiais apsodinto parko teritorijoje - tai sustiprino žaidėjų psichogeografijos jausmą. Žaidė trys komandos juodųjų, baltųjų ir spalvotųjų. Rezultatas 1:0:2.

Trišalio futbolo esmė agresijos ir konkurencijos (būdingos ir normaliam futbolui, ir bipoliariniam mąstymui) eliminavimas. Skirtingai nuo dvipusio (normalaus) futbolo, komandos neskaičiuoja įspirtų įvarčių. Skaičiuojami tik praleisti įvarčiai, laimi komanda, praleidusi jų mažiausiai. Toks žaidimas dekonstruoja mitinę normalaus futbolo bipoliarinę struktūrą, kurioje „mūsiškiai kaunasi su „kitais, o teisėjas savo mimikomis demonstruoja esąs visiškai „neutralus panašiai kaip žiniasklaida ir valstybinės struktūros, stebėdamos klasių kovą visuomenėje.

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