Who is Community? Bob & Roberta Smith and Tim Newton

2 May 2012

A film by artist Bob and Roberta Smith and film director Tim Newton

Who is Community? is part of a project for Statford Underground station which brings together a number of different elements, including reproductions of paintings made by Bob and Roberta Smith for Stratford Underground station. The film tells the story of an extraordinary fictional meeting between Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics, and the German theorist Hannah Arendt. Considering the context of Stratford as the main site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Who is Community? explores themes of public space, social interaction and well-being, as well as the democratic values that Coubertin hoped to advance through sport, and the revival of the ancient Olympic games.

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