Vol 16 (2014)

Introduction to the 2014 edition

Beatriz Garcia


In this Olympic year, we offer a special edition covering a wide range of topics, from a very distinct insight into the experience of an artist with disabilities offering an alternative view on what it takes to capture the impact of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, to observations on the cultural narrative and projection of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

We launch the 2014 edition with a paper by Adams and Loriggio, who propose the use of geological metaphor to capture the value of the Cultural Olympiad. This paper summarises the approach taken by artist Jon Adams in a project funded within Accentuate, a programme dedicated to showcase the work of artists with disability in the context of the London 2012 Games.

All remaining papers focus on Sochi 2014, ranging from discussion about the entitlement to take a stance on gay rights within Olympic venues to why getting the Olympic rings segment right matters (or should not matter) in an Opening Ceremony, or the value of a locally meaningful Look of the Games design programme. Articles will be published throughout the Games period, alongside blog posts and photographs live from the Olympic Winter Games between the 7 and 24 February 2014. Keep an eye on this space for updates.


Individualising the terrain. Mapping the impact of the Cultural Olympiad in geological metaphor

by Jonathan Adams & Caterina Loriggio


Being Gay at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games

by Andy Miah


Why a Broken Ring Matters at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

by Andy Miah


Putting Folk First: Sochi 2014 Design Values Celebrate Russian Crafts Heritage

by Beatriz Garcia