David Claerbout: Olympia Provided by Goout

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Rudolfinum Gallery Alšovo nábřeží 12, Praha 1

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Olympia is a computer-generated replica of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, which finds itself in a time-space devoid of human intervention and entrusted to the cycles of nature. Following the original “ruinenwert” theory, in which the stadium’s own decay has been pre-incorporated, Olympia invokes a cycle of creation to dissolution by the slow force of nature. Although the human element has been removed, it is re-introduced through the work’s synchronicity with our own life cycle. Olympia can be regarded as an attempt to measure biological duration against imaginary duration. By “biological duration” one can understand the lifespan of a human being, and by “imaginary duration” one can understand ideological time: the illusion to witness one thousand years.