Het Nieuwe Instituut presents 51 Sprints - The Human Race
More than just a race for gold, silver or bronze, the 100-metre sprint tells multiple stories through the athletes who compete in it. Stories about their country, their people, and their own bodies. Stories about the human race.
This interactive documentary recounts the history of one of the great events of the modern Olympic Games: the 100-metre sprint. A story of record-breaking achievement, 51 Sprints explores the athlete as a symbolic figure, a representative of nation, race or gender. While promoting the ideal of equality for all, the Olympics has increasingly become a projection screen for national status, the superiority of some systems over others, the ultimate in physical preparation, and the gradual emancipation of minorities.
A specially developed tool called the Equaliser allows you to create a level playing field by removing the influence of five different factors: nation, sex, class, race and body. This will adjust each athlete’s running time, resulting in an outcome in which the chosen factors play no role.
An online magazine gives all the background stories, research material and data behind 51 Sprints.
An idea of: Klaas Kuitenbrouwer (Het Nieuwe Instituut)
Concept developer: Yuri Veerman
Design: Random Studio & Yuri Veerman
Concept: Random Studio
(developed in collaboration with Yuri Veerman)
Technical realisation: Random Studio
Data analysis: Mikhail S. Spektor and Dr. Gilles Dutilh (University of Basel)
Research assistant: Marc van der Valk
Concept: Yuri Veerman
Art Direction, edit and production: Random Studio
Script: Yuri Veerman
Proofread and script edit: Jane Szita
International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
Olympic Television Archive Bureau (OTAB)
UCLA Film & Television Archive
All Olympic Footage available in this production is copyright of and reproduced only with the consent of the International Olympic Committee