Nomas Issue 15 - Olympia

Nomas Issue 15 - Olympia

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The digital platform on Olympia, created by Microsoft in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Culture, raised the question of whether technology can re-animate the past, through augmented reality, allowing us to revisit traditional and timeless values. This ancient-contemporary dichotomy is embraced and explored in NOMAS OLYMPIA through the photographs of Yannis Bournias, who draws inspiration from the fractured statues of the Museum. The same photographs would later inspire the German Creative Director, Mirko Borsche, to design a new font, exclusive to this issue. Lastly, the photographer Marco Argüello captured with his lens the rhythm of life in the areas surrounding ancient Olympia. Can the past be revived in the present with the help of the future? This and other questions are answered in discussion with Brad Smith, President and Vice Chair of Microsoft, Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s Director of Research & Development and Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture & Design, John Wilkins, Emeritus Professor of ancient history at the University of Exeter and Maria Nafpliotou, twice high priestess of the Olympic flames, among others.



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