An Olympics legacy in a digital age

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

In an effort to capture a more lasting digital legacy from London 2012, artist Lorenzo Belenguer has created TESTIMONIES, a response to Londoners’ wishes to have a more active role in the Games.

London 2012 has been touted the first ‘social media’ Games, with hundreds of thousands of Twitter and Facebook updates, a myriad of photos on Instagram and Flickr.

Storytelling in our digital age has never been easier; brands, athletes and spectators alike shared their opinions with the world 140 characters at a time throughout the Games. But whilst a tweet may get retweeted hundreds of times in a short period of time, it lacks longevity.

In an effort to capture a more lasting digital legacy from London 2012, artist Lorenzo Belenguer has created TESTIMONIES, a response to Londoners’ wishes to have a more active role in the Games. The project aims to get people talking about this historic event and offer a legacy for the 2012 Games, through audio broadcast and text online.

The testimonies on the site come from Londoners from all walks of life that have been, and are being inspired by the Games:  

John Drury, General Manager at Wembley Arena tells of his excitement working at a Games venue. Rachel Yankey, from Arsenal Ladies, hoped, when writing, to make it into the Team GB women’s football team. Susan Halter took part in the 1948 Games and contrasts its Opening Ceremony with today: ‘They had no performances. It was not like Beijing or the other Olympics I have seen on television because it was all about the sport’, she adds.

To submit your testimony or find out more about the Londoners Testimonies project, head to: http://londonerstestimonies.com

What’s your London 2012 story?

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Keep the Olympic Stadium. It has potential for lots of uses in it's present form. The Stadium is an icon, as inspirational as the torch relay. Keep the stadium to maintain the spirit of those inspired. Up at the viewpoint by the Observatory and Prime Meridian line, the views are unique with the Olympic clutter in the foreground.  in the distance, the Orbit, Olympic Stadium and the Aquatic Centre can be seen.  The Stadium should remain and be put to use.  It is not a White elephant.  Imagination is required to put it to a diversi of uses.  music, sport, a meeting place or a tribute to the Olympic heritage all spring to mind.