The ambition of landskatinganywhere is to make known and acknowledge skateboarding in its cultural and artistic dimensions. Conflicts of use are real: often perceived as some sort of troublemakers authorized to play in the skateparks, where they have their own “right to the city”, skaters explore, test and negotiate public space.
27 June – 15 October, 2017
Arc en Rêve centre d’architecture
7 Rue Ferrere, Bordeaux
Skate was born in the urban universe. The spaces of the city, its folds, voids, edges, and peripheries are the playground of the skaters. There is a double phenomenon: the modern forms of the city have produced skate, and the skate practice participates in the production of the city’s spaces. A multitude of spaces are built and thought for – or against – skateboarding, or even hijacked by skaters.
Maybe skating should be appreciated as an art of body movement and urban passion more than a sport. The skaters play a role moving throughout the urban fabric, revealing hollow, convex or concave spaces. There are also many examples where the skater defies extreme situations, in unheard-of environments. These moments are filmed, photographed, honouring its surrounding landscape.
The exhibition in arc en rêve is introduced by Raphael Zarka, film artist and skater, who immerses the visitor in the world of skateboarding. He presents the history of skateboarding through the archives and unpublished documents loaned by skaters. Also exhibited are many recent projects of skateparks around the world, focusing on thirty skateparks in France, featuring models, drawings and photographs.
Modules created by skaters Léo Valls, Tony Marquais, Yoan Taillandier, were skated in situ in Bordeaux, and installed within the exhibition space. By associating with some of the protagonists of the Bordeaux skate scene, arc en rêve aims to project this exhibition “outside the walls”.