Magic Flying Disc (2021)  

Mass produced plastic flying disc, 10.75 inches in diameter, 175 grams
Photos courtesy the artist

Magic Flying Disc is a professional flying disc made in collaboration with the sport company Aria. It retails for $17 and is for sale until October 4th, 2021 on Aria’s website here. The disc is officially certified by USA Ultimate and the World Flying Disc Federation for use at the Championship level. A paragraph on Aria’s website from Shirt read:

"I don't like sports. So many people will say a version of 'keep politics out of sports' but being ignorant, flat out wrong and discriminatory to the detriment of Black, Brown and Asian people and communities isn't political. Talking about racism will never be worse than racism itself. Especially racism proliferated in the violent acts, laws, policies and attitudes that continue to help oppress people in this country and around the world. So, people run after these flying discs. People jump, stretch and reach to catch these things in ways they don't for anything else. I wanted to add a layer of thought there: Something else needs you to stretch and bend and twist and go out of your way. Something else needs you to stop what you're doing and direct your attention: Needs you to put some work in and move your feet before it hits you square in the face. This idea of being active in your reckoning. I throw this thing at you––you better catch it."

Magic Flying Disc made its public debut in Portland, Oregon as part of the Shirt work No Day At The Beach (2021), in the group exhibition Functional Poetry curated by the collective Art As Chairs Sept 4-Sept 29, 2021. More info is available here.

Additional photos available upon request