Posts Tagged ‘Opening Day Ceremonies’

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?

Video edited by Abigail Satinsky at: http://incubate-chicago.org/.

Images from the Opening Day Ceremonies

January 25, 2009

The Parade of Notions was the the shortest and coldest parade of our lives, and possibly also the most fun.

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

 

 

 

We had to dance to keep warm.

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

 

 

Then came the ribbon dance by the Anne Glickman Dancers.

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

Photographer Sarah Jane Rhee captured all of the glory and all of the depravity we think of as “sport” in this single image, during the Lighting of Stuff on Fire. (Besides the fire hazard, the sparklers were one of several genuinely moving moments during the ceremonies.)

 

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

I provide some ridiculous background on the history of the Unlympics Movement, wearing every item of clothing I own that has anything to do with sports at all.

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

Roman, having been sworn in as an Unlympics Judge, who now must abide by either the rules as written in our Program Guide and Rule Book, or by the rules with which is most comfortable abiding, initiate the Game Where You Win.

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

Lombardo Barnyard takes home the gold!

 

by Sarah Jane Rhee

by Sarah Jane Rhee

Do see the rest of Sarah Jane Rhee’s amazing photos here, or a few more from the faulty camera of the Unlympics Organizing Committee Secretary AEM here.

The Parade of Notions

January 25, 2009

Parade of Notions