BLENDING ART AND SPORT
3x3 Basketball, BMX Freestyle, breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, are also considered creative practices, often built through rich and evolving cultural references. To reflect and explore the artistry common to these sports, The Olympic Museum have asked artists from these cultures to create art installations, specifically produced for the programme which will be featured at the Museum throughout the year and unveiled in the presence of artists and athletes at three key events.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Bust the Drip (Paris) – presents “Artiste comme athlète”
French street artist born in 1983. With a background in hip-hop dance, his works, like this one called “Artist comme Athlète”, involve an energetic and moving painting practice. They plunge us into a universe made of choreography and music.
A dancer and artist, his artistic universe looks back at the path travelled by both street art and urban dance styles, such as breakdance.
© Laurent Bonhomme
Alex Larson (Switzerland) – presents “Torchbearers “
His creation is a tribute to two essential elements of urban culture - music and graffiti. Through this installation, the artist explores the importance of "movement" in graffiti and live music performances. “Torchbearers” contains video excerpts from SUPERWAK XTRM TOUR 2017 (shot by NATAS3000 and produced by Colors Records), Camille Gremion and Félicien Ali. MANS1 designed the graffiti.
Marion Pollaert & Grégoire Triau (Paris) - presents “Inner Walls”
They are two artists and climbers questioning their climbing practices, where reading a wall and creating a world made of movements is key. Their installation, made of engravings and an original soundtrack, evokes the sensory relationship between the climber and the rock. Visitors, like climbers, are invited to explore the inner balances and imbalances of climbing.
© Marion Pollaert Grégoire Triau
David Warner aka Serval (Geneva) – presents “Home Street Home “
Serval is a Swiss artist and major figure in the international graffiti scene. His installation, “Home Street Home”, is a “living space” made with materials found in urban environments. It evokes how sports have allowed many young people to create a home and identity in the streets. On the ramp’s glass railing, Serval has hand lettered the names of people who are respected for contributions to their sport. This type of hand lettering is typical of the urban art style that emerged in New York during the 1970s.
RYLSEE (Genève, Berlin) – presents « A New Chapter »
Cyril Vouilloz, aka RYLSEE, is a Swiss artist based in Berlin. He is internationally recognized for his unique approach to typography combining optical illusions, murals and installations
To bring this skateable sculpture project to life, RYLSEE collaborated with Vertical, a Swiss company specializing in skatepark construction since 1989.
"A New Chapter" celebrates the love for passions that have long been misunderstood by the general public and aims to blur the boundaries between sport, art and culture.
For your safety and security, it is not permitted to climb on this installation.
In 2023, the ramp will move to the Vidy Bowl skatepark, near the IOC headquarters. There, in a safe sporting environment, it will be available for public use.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance.
Les Ateliers Baume (Swiss) – presents “About Foam”
Les Ateliers Baume is a surfboard shaping collective located in Lausanne and Guéthary, France. Their interactive installation, “About Foam”, invites visitors into the world of a board shaping workshop.
"About Foam" reveals the creative practices involved in the process of creating a surfboard - their tools, materials and shaping methods. You will discover that surfboards are more than just sports equipment - they are works of art!
Installation: Les Ateliers Baume
Film: Geoffroy Dubreuil
Animation: John Custo
Graphic Design: Naomi Cachot-Gallay
Jules Magistry (Paris) – presents “Watching Skateboarders Do What I Cannot Do, Beautifully”.
Jules Magistry is a Paris-based artist whose work is inspired by anime, comic book art and pop and queer culture.
His installation, “Watching Skateboarders Do What I Cannot Do, Beautifully”, questions some of the cultural practices associated with skateboarding. Visitors are asked to reflect on the following questions:
What role do fashion and style play in skateboarding?
Why is it important for skateboarders to customize their style?
What is the relationship between skateboarders and their bodies?
Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD-Geneva) – presents “Ultra Saiyan”.
Artists: Omar Amorim-Esenli, Fiona Giazzi, Maxime Heta, Mathilde Schibler
“Ultra Saiyan” is an installation created at the HEAD-Geneva 2021 "Street-Culture" workshop. The student artists were inspired by the worlds of video games and street culture. “Ultra Saiyan” blends the protective gear worn in extreme sports with the armor worn in martial arts and the Transformers’ universe.
The students designed “Ultra Saiyan” to give the illusion of solid armor. Inspired by the video game Street Fighters, it exists in its own ultra-modelled, 3D world. Yet, the piece is made of cardboard, a material often found in the streets.
By using cardboard, the students create a link between urban materials and sports aesthetics. They also reflect on the contrast between the fragility of cardboard waste and the long-lasting solidity of armor.
Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD-Geneva) – presents “Figure”
Artists: Aleksandra Bystrova & Emma Cattin
“Figure” is an installation created at the HEAD-Geneva 2021 "Street-Culture" workshop. There, two student artists created a sculpture out of recycled and used skateboards.
"Figure" was inspired by the movements involved in skateboarding "tricks". The students chose to break down the "360 Flip" and represent each of its steps in stop motion. The boards appear suspended in air to express the feeling of height, and above all, the great skill needed in this complex sport.
The students cut the boards in a way that allows them to be assembled and disassembled like a puzzle. This makes it possible to create several tricks and to have fun in simplicity.