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In accordance with Olympic Agenda 2020 the International Olympic Committee has launched for the very first time Artist-in-Residence Programme.  It complemented the cultural programme run by the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (OCOG) and other cultural bodies.

Through the universal language of art, this programme offered artists the chance to provide their own interpretation of the Games and thus open up Olympism and its values to the widest possible audience.

The artists-in-residence scheme went ahead for the first time in Rio de Janeiro from 5 to 21 August 2016, during the Games of the 31st Olympiad.

In Rio, French contemporary artist JR, German writer Tilman Spengler and up-and-coming online artist Gerald Andal (USA) experimented with new ways to express the art of the Olympics.

JR owns the biggest art gallery in the world. He exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

JR creates Art that spreads uninvited on the buildings of the slums around Paris, on the walls in the Middle-East, on the broken bridges in Africa or the favelas in Brazil. Some elderly women become models for a day; some kids turn artists for a week. In that Art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.

As he remains anonymous and doesn't explain his huge full frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passer-by/interpreter. This is what JR’s work is about. Raising questions...

By giving JR the opportunity to capture “humanity in motion” through a large-scale artistic project, the IOC is nurturing the links between culture and sport and reconnecting with the ideals of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Games.

In Rio JR has worked on two projects: the “Giants” and “Inside Out Project Rio 2016”. 

“The Giants” are the images of athletes whose identity is blurred behind the beauty of a “perfect motion” from an instantly recognisable Olympic event: diving, the high jump and the swimming. These gigantics pictures were installed in black and white on ultra-large scaffolds which will themselves form an integral part of the installation, being the only things capable of supporting such large pictures. Three “Giants” intervened in the urban environment : Flamengo, in Botafoo and in barra Da Tijuca.

For “Inside Out Project Rio 2016” participants step into a photo booth on a specially built truck designed to look like an immense mobile camera. They are invited to adopt an original pose. Their picture is taken. They provide their first name, surname and email address. A few seconds later, a large-format black-and-white poster (90 x 135 cm) is instantly printed and emerges outside the truck. The subjects are then invited to paste up their poster in the surrounding urban space (in Rio, the truck was on the Praça Maua), thereby becoming a part of a collaborative work. The project named #IOPRio2016 was aiming to give a face to the people who are and who make the Olympics. To Pierre de Coubertin, “Olympism overturns barriers. It claims the air and the light on behalf of all”. These portraits of people contribute to the success of the Games and thereby deserve to be highlighted.

A gallery of all portraits was posted on the dedicated website http://www.insideoutproject.net/rio2016/en/

For more information on JR: 

www.jr-art.net

www.instagram.com/jr/


Tilman Spengler is a German writer, sinologist and literary editor. The author of more than a dozen books, his work has been translated into 21 languages, and he has received several literary prizes throughout his career.

In Rio he tried to have a different perspective on the games. As he mentioned “there will be thousands of professional sports journalists, writing or reporting competently about the main topics. So he’ll try to find a perspective which is not covered by colleagues with greater experience, sharper eyes and better training than mine”.

Texts written by Tilman Spengler in Rio:

Arriving

Identity

Opening Ceremony

Refugees

Volunteers




Gerald Andal is from USA. He is a video editor for a commercial real estate company, and on the side, he likes to make Vines.

When he started making Vines, he never thought it was something he would use to make something creative, so then he started experimenting with different techniques, improved his craft, and he has been fortunate enough to have received work on branded Vines.

In Rio he planned on making Vines that show a side of the Olympics that most people may not get a chance to see. He wanted to capture the vibrancy of Rio de Janeiro, the energy and rhythm of any of the events, or the moments in between an event when athletes are preparing themselves.

To discover Gerald Andal's Vines: 

vine.co/Gerald.Andal





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Artist - Jr - Inside Out project
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Inside Out Project

My name is Ariel, I am from Argentina and so happy and excited to be here and be part of the cast of the ocean choreography team! I am a professional actor and for me to be performing inside the Maracanã in an Olympics is so so unique! I love Brazil, its people, culture and history, so it's just such an honor to be here and be able to represent it in the opening of the games! All the volunteer time given here will be rewarded with the amazing feeling we will have when performing in there with all the lights, music and action. Can't wait, it will be fascinating!
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I am Carla. I am Carioca and this is the first time I volunteer. I decided to do this because I have always been so in love with the Olympics and all sports, so this will definitely be a highlight in my life - "I, Carla, was able to be part of opening of the Olympic games in Brazil, my country!". I am part of the Asian group in the opening. I definitely want to volunteer in other Olympic games around the world. In my IOP picture I will do a "surprise" expression - for me it was a surprise to be called to be in the opening ceremony when actually I had applied to volunteer in the games. But I loved it!
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My name is Josefina, I am carioca. I have dedicated a lot of my time to volunteer work since I was 19. But this time it's special, it's the Olympics! This opportunity is unique! The past days have been a lot of hard work, I come to rehearse almost every day. I will be in the choreograph of the ocean in the opening ceremony, and I'm so excited to do this. On my IOP photo I will just smile and be myself.
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I am Samela. I am currently on vacation. I have volunteered other times in life and I wanted to do it again, but in the Olympic games, so that is why I am here! In volunteering there's a lot of hard work and pressure, but in the end its all worth it with all the fun and the people I get to know! For me working in such a massive big event like the Olympics is an experience I will carry on for life and I believe that such experiences build me as a new, better, person. I used the "silence" expression on my photo. Sometimes there is just so much pressure and stress that the best thing to do is stay in silence and think about the best thing to do.
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JR - GIANT

Léonie PERIAULT, 22, France. A member of the French triathlon team of Poissy since 2015, Léonie has been a triathlete for the past nine years. Originally a swimmer, she took part in her first triathlon out of curiosity in 2007 at an event organised by the Versailles Triathlon Club near her home. She joined the Club’s new junior section the next year. Since then, she has won a number of titles in junior categories including the French Junior Championship (2013), as well as finishing runner-up in the World U23 Championships and taking second place in the World Championships in the Women’s Elite category (2016), in which she also hopes to book her ticket to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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Dive performed by … Cleuson LIMA DO ROSARIO 31, Brazil

A Brazilian who lives and works in France. Lima now only dives for fun. Although a member of the 2004 Olympic diving team, he was not picked as one of the three athletes who represented Brazil at that year’s Athens Olympics. Cleuson LIMA DO ROSARIO came 3rd at the Brazilian National Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The Barra da Tijuca Giant can be found at Quebra mar / Avenida do Pepê, 1-159 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22620-170
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Sport must be seen as an art producer and an opportunity for art. It produces beauty since it fathers the athlete, a living sculpture. Pierre de Coubertin Pierre de Coubertin, Founder of the Olympic Movement
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