Nothing but net
From the point where the timer clocks in, everything is not merely a game anymore. From outbound to inbound, bouncing from court side to the other, players not only aim to score but to also last all throughout. With every basket made, the struggle permeates both the defensive and the offensive as well. Last few seconds left from the running time, lock and loaded with a last gamble. Takes the shot. Nothing but net.
If we are going to look at it, what was happening to our society amidst the pandemic may be connected to the game of basketball. The difference is the thing at stake were not just rankings or a championship ring but the lives of the people. Bad gameplay and analysis will lead to loss, the same to what may be the outcome of a bad governance. A drive that penetrates the defensive is comparable to the indecisive measures imposed by the government from the start. A well thought of assist leads to a basket, moving to reality, how will the people be able to score without a proper assistance? In the game, nothing but net counts as a basket, but in real life, we are bound, we are trapped only thing that we can see is nothing but net.
“Nothing but net” showcases recent works by Dennis Bato and Tsarlyboy. Playing along each of the artists’ commentary and critique of the present situation that the Philippines is experiencing, from false claims, cover ups, diversion, normalization to the state of mental health and issues of free will of the Filipino people.
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