Simon Pope passes Olympic microphone in Memory Marathon at John Hansard Central

By Ben Miller | 11 July 2012
A photo of a man walking alongside a woman while she speaks into a microphone
Simon pope, Hackney Marshes (2009)
© Courtesy Simon Pope / Film and Video Umbrella
Exhibition: Simon Pope – Memory Marathon, John Hansard Gallery Central, Southampton, until July 21 2012

Simon Pope’s journey across the five East London boroughs, passing a microphone among people to dole out their recollections in place of a baton, could hardly have been more tailor-made for Relay, the London 2012 programme aimed at linking art, memory and place while passing through various galleries.

The 80-minute film asked more than 100 residents to dredge up their Olympic memories, each pacing 400 metres of the pilgrimage’s 26-mile stretch between Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest, ending at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

The show is notable for various reasons: it’s the first time the portrait of 21st century London has been seen outside of the capital, and visits the Hansard’s new Central venue, expanding the reach of the gallery into Southampton city centre. It also coincides with the arrival of the Olympic Torch, which visits the city for two days from July 14.


More pictures:

A photo of a man listening to a woman speak into a microphone in front of a film crew
Brick Lane with Shamim Azad
© Courtesy Simon Pope / Film and Video Umbrella
A photo of two people walking across a river over a bridge with a city in the background
Thames Path in Greenwich
© Courtesy Simon Pope / Film and Video Umbrella
A photo of two people walking side by side under a bridge into broad daylight
Woolwich Foot Tunnel
© Courtesy Simon Pope / Film and Video Umbrella
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