Football is the quintessential communal experience. Across the world - in stadiums, bars and living rooms - countless milions of people experience collective emotion through the teams they support. Every day, football does with ease what art constantly tries to do: it makes people feel.
This issue of OOF deals with the quasi-religious mania which football sets off like a nuclear bomb in the hearts of people around the world. Focusing on Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 'David' (a video portrait of a true sporting icon) and Ashley Holmes’s ‘Panini Series’ (a set of reworked images reflecting the demonisation of black footballers by the mainstream press), issue three deals with obsession in its many guises. Former Spurs, Ajax and Hamburg boss Martin Jol talks about his deep passion for art collecting, while renowned video artist Paul Pfeiffer explains the 'terrible beauty' of football. Elsewhere, we consider the ghostly movements of Ann Veronica Janssens' 'Berlin - Barcelona', the obsessive solitude of Massimo Furlan, and the unyielding devotion shown by a hardened group of Dynamo Kyiv fans.