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Catherine Flood

Author: Catherine Flood (Curator - Word & Image Department)
dr.d (doctored or subverted) is an artist best known for altering and augmenting billboards. On one level the motivation is simply to disrupt the outpourings of commercial advertisers and provide people with something more stimulating in the visual environment. For many this is a welcome intervention. An email quoted as a testimonial on dr.d’s website describes how an altered billboard in...
Author: Catherine Flood (Curator Word and Image)
So many great images have been contributed to the Collect London 2012 project (see last post) that I couldn't resist putting a few more on the blog. Have a look at the Flickr group and add your own images from the last two weeks. The aim is to create an archive of photos that will preserve a snapshot of some of the more peripheral visual aspects of the London Games: Olympic-related signage,...
Author: Catherine Flood (Curator Word and Image)
We need your images for this project!Conversations with colleagues in recent weeks have turned to the question of how do you 'collect' the Olympic Games? In terms of graphics, there are certainly individual bits of printed design (posters, tickets and so on) from the London 2012 Games that can and should be accessioned by a museum of art and design. But for an event so extraordinary in...
Author: Catherine Flood (Curator Word and Image)
On top of a road sign near Brick Lane in London last week an unofficial street art tribute was erected to Tommie Smith - one of two black American athletes who famously used an Olympic podium at the Mexico City Games in 1968 to stage a demonstration against racial discrimination in the United States. As the American national anthem played, Smith and John Carlos (gold and bronze medallists in the...
Author: Catherine Flood (Curator Word and Image)
When the Olympic Torch Relay arrived in London, the official London 2012 website declared that 'London's moment to shine is here'. Early on in the history of the modern Olympic Games host cities realised that the Games were a chance to project a message of both civic and national pride to the rest of the world. Many Olympic posters present host cities through images of skylines,...
Author: Catherine Flood (Curator Word and Image)
This is the second in a series of posts looking at Olympic posters from the V&A collectionPosters are one of the objects that preserve a material memory of an Olympic Games long after the athletes and audiences have dispersed and the event is over. There are also a number of ghost posters for Olympic Games that never happened because the weight of world events intervened. Helsinki would have...
Author: Catherine Flood (Curator Word and Image)
As I sit down to write the first entry for this blog, London is buzzing with Olympic fever: there is only one day left to go before the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games. This presents me with a perfect opening subject - especially as Olympic posters are an area of the collection that we’ve been focussing on for some time at the V&A.When London won the bid to host the London 2012...