The first female sprinters challenged the idea that women were only fit to be mothers and housewives. The first black athletes ran against the dominant standard of a white human being. Paralympic athletes challenged our idea of what a human body should look like.
51 Sprints - The Human Race is an interactive documentary that recounts the history of one of the great events of the modern Olympic Games: the 100-metre sprint. The video documentary explores the athlete as a symbolic figure through five chapters: race, nation, class, sex and body. A specially developed Equalizer allows you to influence or create your own 100-metre sprint, by changing the conditions affecting each sprinter.
What might be the difference between Usain Bolt from Jamaica, and a Usain Bolt from Russia or Canada? How does Nazi doping differ from Soviet doping? How much does a sponsorship deal add to the speed of the average runner?
51 Sprints shows that the Olympic Games are not only a contest for gold, silver or bronze. They are also a battle for equal opportunities, for equal representation, for being recognised, as part of the human race.
51 Sprints - The Human Race
Amsterdam 2016 (NL)
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 & 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
VPRO Nooit meer slapen - NL
Magazine du webdesign Article on 51 Sprints - FR
Het Nieuwe Instituut Interview Yuri Veerman & Klaas Kuitenbrouwer - NL
The Frontier Article on 51 Sprints - INT
Nederlands Film Festival, Category Best Interactive, Long List - NL
FWA FWA site of the day - UK
AWWWARDS Site of the day - ES