Thursday, 10 June 2010

Football in the library

As the World Cup approaches we have been looking through our library and archive collections for all football related materials. We have found some incredible catalogues and examples of artists that use football as a primary focus in their work, as well as a range of academic, literary, and cultural studies texts that explore football culture in great depth.

In 1997 Iniva and Manchester City Art Galleries collaborated in the exhibition Offside! Contemporary Artists and Football. The exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition is available here in the Stuart Hall Library.

We also have a wide range of slides, ephemera, and press cuttings documenting the exhibition and publication available exclusively to the library. Contact us for more information about accessing the archives.

Below is a list of exhibition catalogues, monographs, books, av materials, and articles relating to football in art, literature, and culture. All of these materials are available to the public Tuesday - Friday 10-5pm in the library. Please let us know if you would like any further details on these materials and how to search for materials in the library


Artistas and futebol
Galeria Grossman
Catalogue of an exhibition on "Artists and football" organized on the occasion of the 1986 World Cup. Artists include: Aldemir Martins; Emile Tuchband; Fang; Francisco Gallotti; Fulvio Pennacchi; Gustavo Rosa; Harry Elsas; Haydea Santiago; Inos Corradin; João Calixto; Juarez Machado; Sonia von Brüsky; Vicente Do Rego Monteiro; Vincenzo Cencin.
815.6 ART

British Asians and Football : culture, identity, exclusion
/Burdsey, Daniel
In spite of a great passion in the game and significant involvement at amateur level, British Asians are under-represented in professional football. This book asks how and why this situation has developed, using extensive interviews with British Asian football players to offer an insider’s assessment of the difficulties and conflicting demands faced every day. In addition, the book also critically examines the work of the anti-racist football movement, questioning the strategies and policies designed to eradicate racism and asking whether other approaches might be more effective or reflective of the views of the players themselves.

Em jogo = On side
Centro de Artes Visuais
Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra in 2004 to coincide with the European Football Championship 2004 in Portugal. Artists include: Joao Pedro Vale and Branca Bastos; Paulo Cunha e Silva; Holger Kruse; Durate Amaral Netto; Albano Silva Pereira; Jonathan Monk; Vik Muniz; Francisco Queiros; Laura Green; Miguel Amado; Andreas Gursky; Adriana Molder; Manuel Graca Dias; Eduardo Souto Moura; augusto Brazio; Paulo Catrica; Joan Nuno Coelho; Gabriel Orozco; Mark Wallinger; Jonathan Monk; Roderick Buchanan; Nicolas Bourriaud; Jeff Koons; Crispin Jones; Maria Lusitano and pedro Valdez Cardoso; Nuno Cera; Henry Bond and Liam Gillick; Stephen Dean; Leo Fitzmaurice; Nuno Domingos; Joana Vasconcelos; Ömer Ali Kazma; Pedro Letria; Augusto Brazio; Antonio Julio Duarte; Samuel Fosso; Alvaro Rosendo; Antonio-Pedro Vasconcelos; Nun Ferrari; Ana Santos; Fernando Marques (Formidavel); Luis Osorio and Pedro Rolo Duarte.
469 ONS

Fever pitch
/Hornby, Nick
Victor Gallancz
An account of the author's obsession with football.

Football and its fans: supporters and their relations with the game, 1885-1985
/Taylor, Rogan
Leicester University Press
This work offers an account of the role supporters have played in the developments of British football.

Football against the enemy
This work reports the author's journeys to twenty-two countries where he tried to find out the effects football can have on politics and culture and what makes different countries play a simple game so differently.

Globalisation of Football
This thought-provoking text offers illuminating insights into the relationships between different places that highlight many of the key transnational aspects of contemporary football'

Hosts and champions: soccer cultures, national identities and the USA World Cup

This work gives the background to soccer's worldwide popularity and looks at where the World Cup has been played and how it has been won. It includes case-study chapters and general essays on the growth of the world game, the cultural meanings of soccer and the role of the media in staging the sport spectacle.Contributors include: Archetti, Eduardo; Bairner, Alan; Bromberger, Christian; Critcher, Chas; Edelman, Bob; Gosoyr, Matti; Horne, John; Humphrey, John; Jary, David; Lanfranchi, Pierre; Merkel, Udo; Redhead, Steve; Riordan, Jim; Sugden, John; Tomlinson, Alan; Young, Christopher

In soccer wonderland

/Germain, Julian
Booth-Clibborn Editions
Photographs on football exhibited at the Photographers's Gallery, London, in 1992.
410.111 PHO GER

My favourite year: a collection of new football writing
/Hornby, Nick
Victor Gollancz
An anthology of original football writing. Contributors include: Doyle, Roddy; Pearson, Harry; Ritchie, Harry; Horton, Ed; Wicken, Olly; Taylor, D.J.; Richards, Huw; Hornby, Nick; Pierson, Chris; Nation, Matt; Brack, Graham; Watson, Don; Smith, Giles .

O humor no futebol : Rio de Janeiro

Empresa Brasileira de Correios
Exhibition of football cartoons.
81 HUM

Offside! : contemporary artists and football
Manchester City Art Galleries
Catalogue published in collaboration with the Institute of International Visual Arts for the exhibition of the same name held in Manchester in 1996. Using photography, painting and installation the exhibiting artists (from Argentina, Britain, Colombia and Mexico) reference the imagery and text of football to explore the cultural environment of the game.Artists include: Adam Beebee; Roderick Buchanan; Freddy Contreras; Rosana Fuertes; Lucy Gunning; Crispin Jones; Gabriel Kuri; David Mackintosh; Simon Patterson; Natalie Turner; Martin Vincent; Mark Wallinger; Nick Waplington.Contributors include: John Gill; Simon Kuper; Richard Williams.
410.111 INI OFF

Passion of the people?: football in South America
/Mason, Tony
Mason explores the place of football in the history of its three most successful South American exponents, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. He demonstrates that, from its beginnings, the game had wide popular appeal and he examines the role of British commercial and military interests as well as that of newcomers from, Italy, Spain and Portugal. He concludes by asking if the attention focused on football in Latin America today is exaggerated or whether the game truly is the "passion of the people".

Sport and postcolonialism
Explores issues of the postcolonial sporting world and questions whether sport can act as a form of resistance in postcolonial states

The trophy room

Cleveland Arts
The Trophy Room celebrates a public art project by Neville Gabie for a Wimpey Housing estate that once was the site of Middlesbrough Football Ground

AV Materials

Offside! contemporary artists and football
Manchester City Galleries
Official video produced in conjunction with the Offside! Exhibition
VD 56

Offside - contemporary artists and football
Mike Nolan, cab driver in Manchester reviews the exhibition Offside - contemporary artists and football in the City Art Gallery, Manchester. Broadcasted at BBC2, 1996.
VD 187


A game of two halves: 'English' identity fifty years after Windrush
/Malek, Bilkis
In Soundings no 10 Autumn 1998 pp.145-156
Focuses on the insights football culture gives us into the ambivalences of the English psyche.

Flat football
/Stone, Rob
In Make v.79 March-May 1998 pp.16-17The aesthetics of the pitch vs the picture plane.

'Offside!' : contemporary artists and football
/Pryke, Sam
In Third Text no 36 Autumn 1996 pp.102-104
Review of international group show at Manchester City art galleries from June-September '96.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Librarians go Gaga

Last week I delivered an adaptation of the presentation from the recent Hollywood Librarian: Take II event held in the library to members of the Brent Libraries, Arts and Heritage quarterly staff forum. In this presentation I used examples from film, television, and literature to analyse public perceptions of librarians.

One of the most interesting aspects of this presentation is the focus on the many ways in which librarians are reclaiming and appropriating traditional librarian stereotypes, and subverting these misconceptions using humour and a playful self awareness to target new library users. Unfortunately at the time of writing this presentation I did not have access to this particular clip...

Just one of the many examples illustrating some of the more fun and inventive ways in which librarians promote their services and profession.

Hopefully these representations and changing roles of librarians can be discussed at the future Hollywood Librarian III event, coming soon...

Whose Map

Today is the first day of the new exhibition here at Iniva Whose Map is it? New Mapping by Artists. The exhibition features nine contemporary artists from across the globe exploring new approaches to mapping in this exhibition of film, installation, print and audio.

Mapping is certainly the hot topic at the moment, with Crossing Boundaries a multi-disciplinary symposium taking place today at the Royal Geographical Society, as well as current exhibitions such as Magnificent Maps at the British Library.

The Library team have researched this field and we have produced a special bibliography in support of the Whose Map exhibition. This bibliography is a fantastic starting point for researchers, academics, artists exploring the field of mapping and cartographies, as well those that are interested in discovering more about the theory and practice behind some of these current mapping exhibitions. You can download a copy of this bibliography here. All these materials are available in the Stuart Hall Library and are part of our special display of mapping resources shown below.

Come visit the Stuart Hall Library to find out more about the artists involved in the current exhibition, as well as related exhibitions and multi-disciplinary texts regarding mapping. Also please do visit the Creative Mapping blog with further links to artists who work with maps.

Zines in the library

On Saturday we attended the London Zine Symposium to meet zinesters, chat to those running distro stalls, and to get our hands on the start of our zine collection.

A big thanks to everyone on Saturday who donated zines to our collection, offered recommendations, and expressed infectious enthusiasm about the Stuart Hall Library and our new zine collection. It was an inspiring yet tiring day and thanks to all the other zine librarians on the day who offered vital words of wisdom and were willing to share their expertise and resources. We managed to speak to some wonderful distros and attended some fantastic zine readings by our favourite zinesters including Charlotte Cooper and Patrick Staff (from Ricochet! Ricochet! zines and distro).

We managed to pick up a few new zines to kickstart our collection:

Here are two zines from Other Asias: The Jinah Papers and Tea Journeys which we are pleased to add to our collection. It was fantastic to find out about Other Asias work and connections to publications such as Nonel and Vovel (also available in the Stuart Hall Library). We are hoping to get many more publications by Other Asias in the Stuart Hall Library.

Throughout the day we spoke to zinesters, distros, zine librarians, and zine readers looking for zines to buy or recommended titles of zines specifically in relation to race, ethnicity and identity. Thanks to everyone we spoke to who gave their recommendations and forwarded us details of relevant distros. We are now chasing up these titles. When we asked zinesters and distros for these types of zines, most people recommended Race Revolt...

Here is the latest issue now available in the Stuart Hall Library. We are hoping to work with Race Revolt for their upcoming issue and all previous issues will be made available in the library.

The London Zine Symposium was a great way to mark our initiation into the zine community and to have these discussions regarding zines and identity as we begin to plan our zine collection within the library.

We are still looking for zine donations and probably most importantly we are continuing to ask you for recommendations of zine titles and distros. Our main focus is on zines relating to issues of race, ethnicity, and identity. But our zines will also incorporate themes of gender, sexuality, politics, music, and popular culture. The Stuart Hall Library is considered a specialist arts library so a large portion of our zine collection will also focus on the visual arts, particularly international zines. If you have any titles you would like to recommend to us or if you are interested in donating then please let us know in the comments section of this blog, or let us know by emailing us

Next stop, Zine Fest at the Women's Library, Saturday 12th June. See you there!