By Culturekiosque Staff
NEW YORK, 14 AUGUST 2012 What happens to an Olympic village
when the crowds go home and the media lights go out? On the occasion of
the 2012 London Olympics, Storefront for Art and Architecture, a New York
nonprofit focused on the advancement of innovative positions in
architecture, art and design, presents The Post-Olympic
City, an exhibition of works-in progress from The Olympic City
Project by photographer Jon Pack and filmmaker Gary Hustwit. The
exhibition pairs a selection of photos Pack and Hustwit have taken so far
documenting sites of former host cities for the Olympic Games with
archival images, research materials, video, and Olympic ephemera,
exploring the life of the post-event city.
Olympic Park, London
Photo: ©2012 The Olympic
Some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie
their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms,
churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules,
examples of misguided planning and broken promises of the benefits that
the Games would bring. After the events are over, the medals have been
handed out and the torch is extinguished, what's next? What happens to a
city after the Olympics are gone?
The Olympic City is an ongoing project by Pack and Hustwit
that looks at the legacy of the Olympic Games in former host cities around
the world. Since 2008, Pack and Hustwit have sought out and photographed
the successes and failures, the forgotten remnants and ghosts of the
Olympic spectacle. Thus far they've documented Athens, Barcelona, Mexico
City, Los Angeles, Montreal, Lake Placid, Rome, and Sarajevo, with plans
to document Beijing, Moscow, Berlin, London, and other Olympic cities. The
project will culminate with the publication of a limited-edition book of
photographs in Spring 2013.
Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA),
Photo: ©2012 The Olympic City Project
About the Artists
Gary Hustwit is an independent filmmaker based in New York and London.
He worked with punk label SST Records in the late 1980s, and was
subsequently involved in a wide range of projects in music and book
publishing before he began producing documentaries in 2001. His films
include the design documentaries Helvetica (2007),
Objectified (2009), and Urbanized (2011).
Jon Pack is a Brooklyn-based photographer whose work has been exhibited
in galleries in the US and Europe, and has appeared on book covers from
publishers including Simon & Schuster and Random House. His previous
projects include the limited-edition book Out There; That Thing We
Storefront will host an event on 14 August 2012 from 7-9 PM, where
the artists and invited panelists will debate the "after-match" of the
Olympic games on host cities and their urban environments. The event
is free and open to the public.
Other Debate Participants
Grace Tang is a landscape designer at James Corner Field Operations.
She is currently the project manager for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic
Park (South Park). The land which is currently the Olympic Games concourse
is being transformed into a 21st century Pleasure Garden, designed as a
cultural destination for both tourists and local residents.
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an architect, professor at the Georgia Institute
of Technology, and an authority on suburban redevelopment. She is
co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design
Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, (Wiley; 2009, 2011) which has been
featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, TED,
PBS, NPR and other prominent venues. She serves as Chair of the board of
the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Noah Chasin teaches the history of modern and contemporary architecture
and urban design at Bard College and at Columbia University.
Storefront for Art and Architecture
New York, NY 10012
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