A tennis match in a church

Artist Asad Raza uses headquarters of the architectural firm CLS Architetti to play tennis.

Asad Raza, Untitled (Plot for dialogue), installation view, San Paolo Converso church, Milan, 2017

Even better than tech giants headquarters in California’s Silicon Valley (with pools, balinese soccer...). The CLS architecture studio hosts performance and art exhibitions. The last is a tennis court, by Asad Raza. Pavement, lines, nets, racquets, jasmine, fragrance and coaches: all you need to play tennis.

Visitors to Untitled (plot for dialogue) become more than spectators — practicing with the coaches, they inhabit their bodies in coordinated action. Players respond to each other through the medium of the ball and the plot of the court. The piece places the experience of play above purely visual appreciation, as the back-and-forth of tennis exchanges produces meditative beauty through actions never to be repeated.

Exhibition dates:
3 November – 16 December 2017
Arad Raza
Untitled (plot for dialogue)
San Paolo Converso church
piazza S. Eufemia, Milan

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