Meta Olympia was a dream hatched to get some crazy and incredibly talented people to plot away and create something special while all the way having a whale of a time. A project that aimed to bring art, science and sports together in a very unique way. In a meticulously constructed world far off in space, where science skewed sport, sport became art and stories emerged from the mix. It was a free thinking evolution of an idea that germinated in the fertile imagination of a very close friend of mine and developed into a gorgeous and fun exercise for everyone involved in it.
For me too.
This book is an anthology, a primer, a historical record, a wild rambling exposition, a portfolio of the gorgeous artwork and a chronicle of the contests and stories it provided. An attempt to capture the narrative and art that ran through Meta Olympia and the stories in it and behind it. In 300 stunningly laid out pages, it attempts to tell the story as it happened and what transpired.
I was lucky to be involved in it. And am honestly astonished at the gorgeous package that this book has turned out to be.
(Thanks Chris, for the ride!)
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Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the book by me:
As with a lot of what Chris did and does, it was with the the infectious sense of collective creativity that he drew me in. With the gorgeous visuals and artwork adding to the excitement of it all. Meta Olympia screams of the fun every single one of us involved with it were having in that nether-worldly sports league on Mars. Artists, writers, sports nuts, fans and science freaks all scheming, plotting and conceptualizing as we worked furiously on bits and pieces of the narrative. And relishing pushing the limits of our own creativity. And having shitloads of fun.
“Years have gone by and I’ve finally learned to accept myself for who I am: a beggar for good soccer. I go about the world, hand outstretched, and in the stadiums, I plead: ‘A pretty move, for the love of God.’ And when good soccer happens, I give thanks for the miracle and I don’t give a damn which team or country performs it.”
-Eduardo Galeano – poet, philosopher, artiste and raconteur of soccer.
The pages that follow will show you how much fun we had. Not giving a damn which planet it was all happening on. And how pretty every single move made in Meta Olympia was.
Take a few steps off the edge of the cliff and enjoy the ride as much as we all did.