Grunts for the Arts

London 2008
May 23, 2008, 10:01 am
Filed under: Artists' Sports Days

Well, Team GB might have saved the Olympics ideal for the time being, but things weren’t always so happy in the Olympic village.

Only a short while ago, there was much talk of China’s pretty dismal human rights record in the lead-up to 2008 (soon forgotten in the light of 18 gold medals) and this, combined with the escalating 2012 expenditure and the sense that Boris, Tessa and Lord Seb are lying through their teeth every time they open their mouths, managed to register some degree of alarm on the grunting radar.

The Coloured Rings of Shit

Having done our bit towards the campaign for arts funding, it seemed obvious that we should next turn our attention to this debilitation of the Olympic Dream – it was in need of reinvention.

So, on the 5th July, an elite squad of grunting forces descended onto Butterfield Green in North London as a part of Rational Rec’s Recfest festival. And so began our next outing of (sp)arting endeavour.

The Events


Yugo Yoga – The Art of Socialist Meditation with Olga Sokolska

Lisa Alexander’s Thought Marathon

Medaling Children (and adults)

Siobhan McAuley’s Slow-mo Solo On the Spot Sprints

Sarah Taylor’s Human Hurdles

And then we settled back with our giant white credit cards and partied like it was 2008…

And that's not a credit card.

With many grateful thanks to Lisa Alexander, Sonia Chenery, Siobhan McAuley, Sarah Taylor, Lucy Thane and Rational Rec.

All photos: William Mackrell

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