Who will win the gold medal for the fastest anthem?
In the spirit of Usain Bolt, artist and director Joseph Ernst and Gui Machiavelli have launched a project to encourage people to live life in fast forward. However, as we can’t all run the 100m in under 10 seconds, this race features a somewhat more accessible sport. Olympic Anthems invites participants from around the world to submit videos of themselves singing their nations’ anthems as quickly as they can.
“Olympic Anthems is a simple project to see how fast people can sing their national anthem. It was cobbled together for fun by a group of friends from around the world,” explains Ernst.
To view anthems – or to submit your own attempt at gold medal glory – visit www.olympicanthems.com or check out the Facebook page, which will be continually updated as entries pour in.
The project marks a departure for Ernst, whose most recent project was somewhat less modern. Whereas Olympic Anthems makes full use of social media and is very much an organic, collaborative process, his new short film Londoners took a more old school approach, filmed, as it was, with a 100-year-old camera. We spoke to Ernst about Londoners here.
For now the team are waiting to see which country will win the competition. But for now – take it away Afonso…