Pop fly art
All through summer and into fall, I’ve been bothered by a notion that baseball has lost its grip on the nation, that it’s too slow, too dull for our Internet-addled brains.
Then I received an invitation to an opening at the Arts Club of Chicago. It said an artist named Janice Kerbel was presenting a work called Ballgame, which, according to the program, “draws upon meticulously researched data covering 100 years to construct a ‘mathematically average’ baseball game. Extracted from the ambient noise and activity of the field, the soundtrack of this fictional, yet probable, contest becomes unfamiliar and strange.”
Swell, I thought. Someone has found a way to make baseball even duller. But I’m a glutton for punishment, at least where baseball’s concerned, so I checked it out.
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