Thu 12 Jul 2012, 6:30pm
Free Word Lecture Theatre
The London 2012 Olympics have established what philosopher Jacques Rancière calls a “police order” – a regulation of what is visible, sayable and knowable about the mega-event, and by whom. This consensual space rests on a series of legal, economic and symbolic structures. The artists invited to present their work in this event have challenged these arrangements: unpacking their mechanisms and actively resisting the attraction of its icons and language.
The legal architecture of the Games: policing language and branding guidelines:
Julian Walker will examine the legislation used to regulate the use of Olympic symbols and words such as ‘summer’ or ‘gold’, also exploring the historical precedents of regulations of this kind.
Alistair Siddons‘ contribution is called “London 2012 Brand Protection – What You Need To Know”. It is a performative text embodying the spirit of the Games’ regulations.
Challenging the iconography of the Olympics:
John Wynne has recently adapted for video his sound installation “Faster Higher Stronger” (2009) which uses subversions of the Olympic rings found on the internet and on the streets of Vancouver before the 2010 Winter Games. This a work that deconstructs the visual and aural components of the Olympic ‘climax’.
Susan Pui San Lok‘s “Faster, higher” is a multi-layered visual narrative which investigates the resonances between sport, nationalism, patriotism and physical achievements. Making use of archival footage, the ritualistic aspect of the Olympic spectacle is put in relation with other ceremonies and national celebrations.
Booking and more information here: http://www.freewordonline.com/events/detail/incursions-and-subversions-arts-response-to-londons-olympic-dreams
Image: John Wynne, “Faster Higher Stronger” (2009), installation shot.