The games origins appear to begin with Asger Jorn, a Danish artist and former member of the Situationist International (SI). In his book Naturens Orden (1962)—a discussion on art, philosophy, and physics—Jorn proposed three-sided football as a thought-experiment. In 1990 a group of Glaswegians drew the pitch and played a match. Since then the concept of 3-sided football has been adopted by many people.
I proposed to Urbane Künste Ruhr (based in Bochum in Germany) that we could build a hexagon pitch for this year’s Ruhr Ding art festival (04/05/19 – 30/06/19), a platform through which residents and visitors could meet and engage on this unconventional structure. Opponents one minute would become allies the next, confusing to think about but with a built-in alchemy that draws you in. Soon we were off and running and looking for a home for this project.
SC1920, a football club in Oberhausen became our partner in building the support needed to perform this game. The ambition was to play a competitive three-sided football match every Thursday evening throughout the course of the exhibition. With the support of Santiago Gomez from Urbane Künste Ruhr plus assistants Anna Júlia Feijó Amaral and Gesina Rath, matched by the goodwill of SC1920, teams from all sorts of backgrounds were encouraged to emerge and take part in the challenge of playing this unconventional football.
The Hexagon Football Pitch:
1.There must be three teams on the field
2.The winning team concedes the fewest goals
3.The ball must be round.