Hollington & Kyprianou

Hollington and Kyprianou have been collaborating for over 15 years producing installations, videos, publications, performance and site-specific interventions. They willfully disturb competing histories, subjectively comparing and combining elements to create new narratives that are simultaneously funny and unnerving.

The 2012 Olympic torch arrives in London during a time of government-imposed austerity. Filmed on domestic digital cameras, The Olympic Torch captures scenes of the torch and associated sponsors’ buses pass through Camden town. After witnessing the initial euphoria and flag waving it ends with the streets returning to normality. The film also highlights the current cultural obsession of capturing an event with digital video or photography over the ‘in the moment’ experiencing of it. It was made before the myriad of scandals involving the International Olympic Committee and other sporting elites were made public. The computer-generated narration is based upon an historical anarchist pamphlet issued in response to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Hollington & Kyprianou, The Olympic Torch, 2012, duration 2:50 mins. Courtesy of the artists.