Tuesday, 9 February 2016

In or out of the game?

Our February sketchcrawl at the Coque (National Table Tennis Championship) was, in all its feverish movement, a moment of reflexion. It struck me how impossible it is to be in and out of the game at the same time.

Sketching means taking a distance to observe and catch the movement of the players, the colours, the public, the hall. Sketching means to go over to another place in the hall because the point of view of the tennis table is more interesting or the spotlight falls better on the players. Sketching means being frustrated because just at the moment you 'catch' a player the game is over, or the players switch sides...

Following the game however means feeling the tension building up, applauding a well placed shot, shouting as a supporter, making comments on the umpire, having a favourite player...

We spent the whole afternoon sketching in the Coque, observing and sketching the game and the players but I must confess that I'm at a loss for words when asked who finally won the championship!

PS: But here it is: http://www.lequotidien.lu/sports/tennis-de-table-championnats-nationaux-luxembourg-tous-les-resultats/

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