1968: a year of worldwide social unrest, upheaval and protest was also the year of Olympic Games in Mexico. The first ‘nonwestern’ country ever to host the Olympics, Lance Wyman’s landmark designs for Mexico 68 have since entered the history books.
Contested Games will examine how even at the time the Mexico 68 design did not go unnoticed by students protesting for change. Their appropriation of the Olympic design is one of the most fascinating but underexplored aspects of the Mexico 68 legacy.
By exploring both official and student design, this exhibition reveals what is at stake when a country hosts the Olympics, and what happens in the gap between the universal values that the Games represents and the local realities faced in the host country.
Opening Times: Art Exchange is open Monday – Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 12pm-4pm.
Admission is free.
25 April 2012 - 26 May 2012
Venue: Art Exchange
Laurence Owen in Conversation (Listen Again) from Arts on 5 on Vimeo.
Arts on 5 - Events & Talks
Wednesday 7 March 2012, Venue: Art Exchange
Time: 6.30 – 7.30pm
Join artist Laurence Owen in a discussion of Owen's exhibition and the ideas and inspiration behind his work.
27 February 2012 - 24 March 2012Taking the constrictions implicit in the supposedly childish medium of felt tips to see what might emerge with their garish tones, Laurence Owen makes a series of images which are both disturbing and familiar. He presents us with a skewed rendition of the everyday, appropriating the language of advertising, photographs and holiday brochures to his own ends. Owen calls his felt tip drawings ‘a newsreel of everyday life’, resulting in images that lie somewhere between the fantastical and the mundane.
As part of the Laure Prouvost in Conversation evening, actor Francesca McCrohon, who plays Betty in The Wanderer (Betty Drunk) gave a reading from Rory McBeth's translation of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis." Prouvost selected particular images, sound clips, and pieces of video during the course of the reading that served to fragment the spoken text and unexpectedly produce new correspondences between word and image.