HalbzeitWermke / Leinkauf, 2019
In 4. Halbzeit, the excitement of the football stadium comes together with the tension of political protests. From the originally apolitical pool of fanatical football supporters, the so-called Ultras, a number of different groups have emerged that, in recent years, have become involved in political actions. They were part of the revolt in Gezi Park in Istanbul in the Summer of 2013, the Arab Spring in Egypt and the unrest on the Majdan in Kiev. Wherever they appear, they make good use of the football aesthetics aimed at mobilizing the masses in public space using flags, scarfs, chanting and drums. What is the potential of this new, highly physical form of protest?