The oeuvre of David Claerbout (b. 1969, Kortrijk, Belgium) exists at the intersection of photography, film, video, 3D, digital technology, and new media. Fusing the past, present, and future into stunning temporal elasticity moments, his works present profound and moving philosophical contemplations on our perception of time and reality, memory and experience, truth, and fiction.
Olympia is a computer-generated replica of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, which finds itself in a time-space devoid of human intervention and entrusted to the cycles of nature. Following the original ‘ruinenwert’ theory, in which the stadium’s decay has been pre-incorporated, Olympia invokes a cycle of creation to dissolution by the slow force of nature.
Olympia + 5 Oktober 2016 (Timestamp) – 6.30 Ochtend (AM) – Regen, is a black and white drawing, made in parallel with the Olympia video. It depicts the stadium as seen on a rainy morning October 5th, 2021 at 6:30am, highlighting the stadium’s dissolution by slow but inevitable forces of nature. Like much of the recent practice of David Claerbout, the work questions representation and notions of truth as represented in the present digital age.