What is it that moves us?

Franc Purg and Sara Heitlinger

Sound installation, 10 minutes, looping, London, 2008

What is it that moves us? uses repetition and symmetry to create a sense of uncanny.

What do two seemingly unconnected characters – a suicide bomber and an Olympic athlete – have in common? They share clarity, adrenaline and fear.

Today the Olympic site is made practically inaccessible to the London public by a blue wall. At strategic points, the hoardings show images of the projected site in 2012: a beautiful village with happy families, athletes, and plenty of nature. But each day the wall is painted the exacted same shade of blue in order to remove any graffiti that challenges this ideal. What does the Olympics committee fear? Is it an accident that these images use the visual language of totalitarian propaganda? Throughout history, the base for totalitarian systems is fear.

This project explores the fears of our society.

What is it that moves us?

The following images were taken from official 2008 London Olympics propoganda material.

We created the following images as postcards for the project.