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BLUE CRYSTAL BALL – 11 & 12 August

Samsung Olympic Games Media Art Collection

De La Warr Pavilion

Saturday 11 August & Sunday 12 August 2012

Free entry

"Kota Ezawa", "Jump Cut"

Kota Ezawa, Jump Cut, 2012 (still)

Premiering at the De La Warr Pavilion, Blue Crystal Ball is a collection of single-channel videos by nine contemporary artists from around the globe commissioned by the IOC Olympics Media Art Collection. These new works reflect the values of Olympism through the prism of unique international perspectives.

Kota Ezawa | Kyungwoo Chun | Cao Fei | susan pui san lok | Kimsooja | Torsten Lauschmann | Emily Wardill | Yeundoo Jung | Hiraki Sawa | Kwungwoo Chun

Kota Ezawa (Japan / USA) has created Jump Cut, a black and white ink animation based on archival footage of Olympic competitions from the 1920s to the present. Whilst a different style of animation guides Cao Fei (China) whose work Intellectual Marathon in RMB City will be a Second Life machinima of an intellectual marathon in the virtual world of RMB City, a virtual realm in the online world of Second Life. Utilising archives, susan pui san lok (UK) presents Citius, Altius which considers visual and cultural rhetorics around nation, unity and sport.  Also enquiring into nationhood is Kimsooja (South Korea / USA) in a multi-layered projection of one image containing all the nation’s flags layered on top of each other to reinforce the meaning of the symbol of these nations in the spirit of the Olympic Games. Torsten Lauschmann (Germany / UK) presents Khronus a film which revisits the origins of pre-formalised play through researching the world of street and playground games around the world to capture the true Olympic Spirit. Emily Wardill (UK) will present Sphere is Rotation in a Circle which takes the motif of a sphere as an ideal form the piece will relate this form to the ideals of the Olympics to specifically focused on the sphere as it appears within rhythmic gymnastics and snooker. Exploring sport as a metaphor for love, Yeondoo Jung (South Korea) presents Rotation which investigates the endlessly rotating emotion of love. Also offering psychological perspective is Hiraki Sawa (Japan / UK) who explores the shifting terrain between focus and disarray, between concentration and mental collapse of athletes participating in Olympic Games.