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Olympic Art Review: beyond Rhetoric. Conference Report by Dany Louise

The Olympic Art Review conference held at Queen Mary, University of London on July 3rd 2012 looked beyond the headline-grabbing Arcelor Mittal Orbit to explore the social, cultural and economic agendas behind London 2012’s Art in the Park.

Grand projects, like the Olympics, inevitably take place on contested ground. The opportunity for national grandstanding sits uneasily with more human-scale concerns like inclusiveness, local engagement and legacy. Never neutral, they reflect the dominant ideologies, power brokers and anxieties of the era, and London 2012 is no exception.

These were the core themes discussed at the Olympic Art Review, chaired by curator Lewis Biggs and explored through the prism of the officially commissioned Art in the (Olympic) Park, and the unregulated art practices taking place in boroughs around the park.

Image: osa – office for subversive architecture. POV was the first viewing platform for the 2012 Olympic Games in collaboration with Blueprint magazine. Photograph: osa

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About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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