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The Winter 2009 Unlympiad

July 23, 2009

In Winter 2009, the City of Chicago and a not-for-profit organization called Chicago 2016—backed by PR firm Hill & Knowlton—submitted an official bid to the International Olympic Committee for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympic Games. Chicago 2016 claimed that over 80% of the citys residents approved of the bid.

They didn’t.

Over four consecutive Saturdays in the middle of a bitterly cold winter, a group of Chicagoans created a series of competitive events to prove it. The Winter 2009 Unlympic Games engaged Chicago residents in active dialogue—extremely active dialogue—about the 2016 Olympic bid.

The Unlympics includes real sports, fake sports, and things that should be sports but arent yet and looks at highly organized, internationally recognized, massively marketed, thoroughly branded, and extremely expensive sporting events to ask residents: shouldn’t we have the right to decide what we do with our public spaces and public funds?

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Images from the Live Action Role Play Family Potluck Dinner

February 4, 2009

Tuts (Gianofer Fields) obsessively serves Vandermolen (Nick Vandermolen) while Aunt Mabel (Salem Collo-Julin) and Princess (Liz Mason) ingest mind-altering substances.
Uncle Phil (Joe Zarrow) distributes his late holiday gifts: make-your-own caramel (sugar in baggies.)
Mandy (Nell Taylor)—Princess’s personal assistant—brings out a birthday cake for Princess’s friend, Justin Timberlake, and all sing.
Aunt Mabel retorts.
Sir (Joe Mason) is hit by a snowball thrown by family juvenile delinquent, Vandermolen.

Submitted by the audience, who sat in silent judgment of the entire family, the following lessons were taken from the LARP Family Potluck Dinner:

  • You should never tell your family what you really think of them.
  • Family is forever.
  • Stokely Carmichael was adventurous.
  • Spit/drool makes us gag.
  • Improve makes us excessively uncomfortable.
  • Very little about the Olympics.
  • The cathartic value of familial role-playing.
  • Darkness.