“A Radical Reconstruction of Reality”

Interesting column by Aaron Betsky:

A Radical Reconstruction of Reality

German critic Walter Benjamin warned in 1936 that “[mankind’s] self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first order. This is how it stands with the aestheticization of politics that Fascism pursues.” After watching the opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics, it seems to me that his direst predictions have come true.

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Sochi 2014; MegaFaces – Asif Khan (2)

MegaFaces is a kinetic facade conceived by Asif Khan and engineered by iart. It can transform in three dimensions to recreate the faces of visitors to Khan’s pavilion, a 2,000 m2 cube situated in the Olympic Park in Sochi during the 2014 Olympic Games. This video was taken during commissioning, shortly before the opening of the pavilion on 7 February 2014. The project was commissioned by MegaFon. Music: Arthur Carabott

Tokyo 2020; Organising Committee Formally Established

Tokyo 2020 OG

Photo: TOKYO 2020 / Shugo Takemi

Less than five months after its election as the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has been formally established. The Committee will be responsible for ensuring the successful organisation of the Games, and its establishment marks another major step on Tokyo’s Olympic journey. As well as the creation of the Committee, it was also announced that former Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshiro Mori, had been appointed as President and Toshiro Muto as Chief Executive Officer of Tokyo 2020.

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