Editorial: Nisar Keshvani
It's strange how we sometimes come a full circle.
My last go at sports writing was at the 1993 South-East-Asian Games
in Singapore, for a local daily. I never imagined I'd be here in
Australia, covering hockey for the Olympic News Service, seven years
As I file this month's editorial from Sydney Olympic's Hockey Centre,
I can't help but marvel at technology's impact on the Games. The
Astroturf hockey pitch here is a world first - made of water based
synthetic material invented in Australia. Sophisticated equipment
was set up to ensure full coverage of the sporting action - a record
140 billion global audience watched the excitement.
As we progress into an ever-present virtual world, let's remember
the importance of the human spirit. Each sport saw individual sportspeople
turn events around through sheer willpower and skill. Spectator
support was amazing as they spurred their teams on.
When I asked Wang Jiuyan how she felt on the Chinese women's team
first appearance in Olympic hockey she said, "There is nothing
to be nervous about, we have the support of 1.3 billion people back
It's evident that without sophisticated television equipment, sporting
images may not have reached the Chinese airwaves instantaneously.
World-class hockey standards may not be met without the artificial
pitch. However, if you remove the layers of sophistication, its
the human touch that remains triumphant.
Here at fineArt forum, despite being a virtual publication, we believe
in this philosophy. We continuously strive to improve coverage and
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Highlights of our October bumper issue include an exclusive exhibition;
'Festivals World Tour'. Rebecca Nissen and Bree Chesher present
a collection of the most innovative new media festivals and exhibitions
around the world including stopovers at the ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Multimedia
Art Asia Pacific Festival and the Sonar Festival in Spain. These
festivals light the way for cutting edge artistic endeavour.
Have a read of Bernard Cohen's piece on Incubation, Joseph Nechvatal
on Art and Technology - A new Unity: The Bauhaus 1923 - 1932, reviews
of Days of Java Moon by Mez Breeze, the Line website by Tanya Shepherd,
Banff's Curatorial Summit by Jenny Fraser, The Digital Dialect by
Beth Rainbow, Carrier [website] by NiKee Seah, and Dream Kitchen
reviewed by Ben Spooner.
As we bask in Olympic glory, here's to the world's sportspeople
on a job well done. With or without an Olympic Gold, we'll be applauding
their achievements for the next four years and time to come.