The last video in the series about Ljubljana’s bike scene.
Interviewed are threebikebuilders from Ljubljana’s Muslauf society. They all start their builds by re-using old bike frames, giving them a new life, matched by their new purpose and the users’ needs.
All three of them have a unique and distinctive style and philosophy, but what connects them is a wish that the bikes would have a deeper personal meaning to the user, that they would be something more than the average bikes usually are – they perceive personalization as means of sustainability and responsibility in design.
Here comes a new video about Ljublana’s bike scene.
Pici bici, this quirky bike little boutique on Celovška in Ljubljana first existed only as a web-store. But they have recently joined forces with Musverks bike shop and together they have moved into the Muslauf HQ. Hand in hand they form a homely DIY place where many urban bikers feel at home, socialize and sometimes just hang out a bit. It is not only a store + shop combination but rather a place for the community, a place where new bikes get devised, and old ones re-imagined, information within the community gets passed along and new trips are planned.
In the video people behind Pici Bici explain their view of Ljublana’s young bike scene which every day evolves in front of their eyes. We also get to learn why they started the store and get a bit of an insight about the schism of aesthetics vs. functionality when it comes to bikes.
This is the third video in the series about Ljubljana’s bike scene.
Pici bici is a small biycle boutiqe in the very centre of Ljubljana’s recent surge of interes into biking in Ljubljana. Why did they start the shop? How do they connect and relate to Muslauf? What is more important – the aesthetics or the functionality of the bike? A where do and where do these connect?
Essen und Trinken im WTD Minibiergarten (Kafe Kosmos)
Musik mit den WTD-Djs
– DONNERSTAG, 11.9.14 –
►15.00 h – 18.00 h
WTD-Skateworkshop mit Tobi Albatross- Infos und Anmeldung unter www.skateworkshop.de ►16.00 h
Eröffnungskonzert: >Basislager<, Eine Community Crew, die sich auf Urban Style mit Dubstep Track Grime Elektro Elementen spezialisiert hat http://basislager-online.de/ ►Anschließend – 20.00 h
Dj Freez (Panda Party)
– FREITAG, 12.9.14 –
►15.00 h – 18.00 h
WTD-Skateworkshop mit Tobi Albatross, Infos und Anmeldung unter www.skateworkshop.de ►18.00 und 19:00 h
Modenschau >Afridiva< fairtrade afrikanisch-bayrisch. Das junge Label von Marissa Brendel produziert u.a. Dirndel mit afrikanischen Texturen, aber auch Schmuck aus recyclten Materialien. www.afridiva.com ►16.00 – 20.00 h
Dj-Team Feelgood Selection (Rare Beats & Funk)
– SAMSTAG. 13.9.14 –
►10.00 – 11.00 h Acoustic Night Allstars
Die vier Musiker aus Simbabwe (Fungai Nengare, Munya Nyamarebvu, Prayersoul und Tendai Madzviti) , die derzeit Gäste der Villa Waldberta sind und bereits mit viel Erfolg in den letzten Wochen in München an verschiedenen Plätzen aufgetreten sind, stellen sich musikalisch vor. ►11.00 – 19.00 h
Umweltprojekt mit jutebeute-Kreativwerkstatt, Infostand und weiteren Aktionen von update.jung & erwachsen, Münchner Stadtbibliothek und PA/Spielkultur. e.V. ►12.00 – 20.00 h
Organisiert von Skateboarding München e.V. mit Unterstützung von: Titus München (https://www.facebook.com/titus.muenchen?fref=ts), Boneless (https://www.facebook.com/boneless.muenchen?ref=ts&fref=ts), Quax (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Echo-eV/288441604557338?fref=ts) ►16.00 h
Livekonzert: >Shavez< Die Musik von >Shavez< ist eine bunte Mischung aus Latinpop/rock, Cumbia und Reggae mit einer gehörige Portion Funk, abgeschmeckt mit Regaton- und Salsa-Elementen ►17.00 h
Best Trick Session (Moderation Lars Stockmann-Olsen)
Hier wird gezeigt, was Münchens „coole“ Skater mit und aus der Nomadic Sculpture machen können. ►Anschließend – 20.00 h
Dj Larry Frenoga
It has been a week after the premiere of the first video in the series on Ljubljana’ bike scene. Here comes a new episode:
Fixies, these carefully assembled bikes, reduced to the essence of bicycleness, can be found almost anywhere around the globe. A large and world-spread community of enthusiasts inevitably means there is a market of noticeable size. But for the aficionados, not unlike in any other sub-culture, an aura of authenticity of the products on the market can be of even greater importance than their actual usability or price. Not that making a working and sleek product is unimportant, but being in touch with the needs of the scene and respecting its ethos is indeed critical when designing it. That is also why the sub-cultural scenes often prefer individuals or one-man brands like Jurij Lozić of Musguard to the out-of-touch marketing campaigns by the corporate world.
Jurij designed a rollable and quickly removable fender, which is successfully targeting the needs of the riders that love their stripped-to-the-bones bikes. In our new video he explains how he, now not only as a rider, but also as a designer and a business person, perceives the questions of business, authenticity and sustainability.
Introducing one of our SchmiedeLabs in collaboration with WTD
This DesignLab is about reinventing textile materials. The fashion industry is a controversial world where stories and facts about exploitation, pollution and waste have become standard. What are the alternatives? What is possible in times of economic crisis? What are the new technological opportunities? What are the effects on aesthetics and style?
Marjanne van Helvert is a textile designer and writer from the Netherlands. She holds a Bachelor of Design in Textile Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the Radboud University Nijmegen. She works according to her Dirty Design philosophy which involves the ethical side of design into the aesthetical side and considers the impact of material, labor, technique and form on both social and natural environment.
Janett Sumbera war Tänzerin, etwa in der Compagnie von Jean-Yves Ginoux in Paris. Die im Tanz entwickelte Suche nach perfekten Formen für individuellen Ausdruck führte zur Entwicklung von Kostümdesigns und Ausstattungen für Theater und Event, zu Installationen und Performances, und schließlich zum Label SUMBERA – upcyclingKleidung.
by Hertha Filed under: Munich,Urban bikingComments Off on What’s the deal? Munich receives the biking caravan from Ljubljana
The Muslauf team representing Ljubljana’s vibrant scene of urban bikers will attend Schmiede14, the producer festival taking place from September 11-21 in Hallein/Salzburg. Bor, Andraz, the two Markos, Domen and Ajda will design and build new trikes together with other bike fanatics from the Schmiede. The first trike will be a repair bike that holds all tools a bike mechanic needs to fix bikes (or trikes in this case). The second one built will be a Keg-bike, because delivery of refreshments is always needed and always needs to be done in proper biking style. The two creatives from Munich, Volkan Özekcin and Christopher Lewis (Samstag-Rad), will attend the TrikeLab in Hallein and support the team, but also develop their own bikes.
Once Schmiede14 is over, the crew will try out their newly built trikes on their way from Hallein/Salzburg to Munich (about 180 kilometers to go!). Other bike enthusiasts are free to join them on their trip to Munich. The Muslauf team has planned 2 days to cover the distance so that they will arrive on time on September 22 evening and be hosts of a get-together at Import Export Kantine where it will all be about DiY, bikes and upcycling as well as hearing about the biking scene in Ljubljana.
Mo. 22.09.14, 19.00 h: What’s the deal? – Treff: „Bikes & Upcycling“
Location: Import Export Kantine at Kreativquartier, Dachauerstr. 112, 80636 München
The new temporary (or hopefully not so temporary) venue of Import Export will become a “meet & greet” platform on that evening for all people involved in the “What’s the deal?” (alias WTD) project both in Munich and Ljubljana as well as for anybody interested in learning about the EU-project WTD. It is a good possibility to find out about the objectives of WTD.
But there is also the chance to relax and enjob. Music will be provided by DJ Asmir Sabic who might be known to some of you from MAJMUSICAL MONDAY or BALKAN LOUNGE. The Import Export Kantine will provide food and drinks.
Well i never used quotes to begin a blogpost but i needed a new way of beginning to motivate myself. So i went on an average american website which assembles famous quotes and i found this one which gave me the motivation i was longing for:
It’s from Margaret Mead, who has been an american cultural antropologist back in the 60’ies and 70’ies. It’s been told that her investigations over the sexual behaviour of local cultures in the south pacific were kind of a firestarter for the sexual revolutions in those days. Now here’s the quote of this important scientologist, which moved me:
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have”.
This quote straightened me up. It’s so true and everyone for shure knows this – wether you believe it or not: in the deepest part of our human consciousnes we know this! It were always the few curagious people who changed things. Sometimes it were maniacs who once leaded (or still lead) a change also in a very cruesome and unhuman way, but it always were a few.
When you accomplish such a project, you are confronted with many interesting reactions. In this neoliberal phase of human history you are confronted with a lot of sceptic critics, immediately when you get active to implement a new idea that bases on “sustainability”. a lot of people mention, that no one can hear this word anymore. I think it is because there is no place in here for a authentic idealistic thought. Idealistic thoughts are used for representative purposes. If this is not your priority you will get funny reactions. You know why? Because you mean it! And if you mean it then you will be willing to change the priorities of this society. What is the priority of this society? The moment i ask this question the reader has it already in mind so i don’t even have to spell it. You see?
If you are serious with your idealistic thoughts you become a dangerous element for all those who just are content with complaining about this crazy world and with claiming that they can’t understand why it is so. But in the meantime most of us accept the defaults which are given by this postmodern society and feel the duty to accord to them everday. For example: accepting money as a undispensible element of our daily life and obey the rules which i have to accept if i want to achieve a moneybased wealthy life. So we all have to accept that we all are part of global destruction.
The European Union which gives us the support to accomplish this wonderful project for example is based on an economical system which accords strictly to the rules of a global money market. And Europe is a wealthy continent. So it is kind of normal that a lot of europeans would not even think about changing this system. Why should we? We live in a region where most inhabitants of this world would love to live! Thousands and thousands of people risk their lives to reach this peace of earth, where the fundamentals where drawn for the success of a harsh economical system which is known as material based. But if you look at the developement of the global markets you soon will realize that it looses any logical and resumable connection to reality and so on and so on… i don’t want to bore you with this issue. Tehre is enough Literature you can read about this (for example Noam Chomsky: “Profit over People, Neoliberalism and Global Order”, Seven Stories Press, New York 1999).
You may ask now (and this is a question i read in the eyes of a lot sceptics the last days): what is your purpose with a Nomadic Sculpture then? What do you try to say whith this? I answered this question a lot of times and it takes a lot of time to go through it because every answer awakens new questions. The questions go stakkato like a machine gun. And your answers go so too. Some say: if you have to explain it so long this project is not well prepared!
But after a lot of questioning i realized that it is impossible to explain this project with a few words. You know why? Because it doesn’t work like an advertising clip. Because it is working completely diverse to postmodern marketing strategies and marketing behaviours. It is based on complete different priorities than the ones we are used to from the very beginning of our lives. We are grown in a material world in which most of us are born as a customer who will work hard to achive a pseudomaterial standardized exchange medium which we all call money. And with this money (which mostly contains of 0’s and 1’s on a digital bank account) we will make our living. It needs a fundamental change of my long-term-trained peronal values to accept this project not only as a funny kids game but to accept it as a project that could be a small part of a soft reformation which can work on a long term to really change the small-term values we all are forced to live in.
That’s the moment it get’s funny though. And that’s why we do this! We want to have fun for the achievement of which we don’t have finance huge redundant ecosystems! We want to see the urban landscape from different angles. We want to investigate our urban and social environment.
Depending on my cultural background, my age, my social background i could have various desires. As a kid grown up in a postmodern urban society i could have the desire to be dressed real cool, to own one or more skateboards, listen to indie music and go skateboarding with my friends. This could define my identity.
If sometime in the future a young kid in the well developed western world can do all these things without thinking primarily about money, then we can say that the Nomadic Sculpture has reached it’s goal. Kids in other parts of the world “can not even think about money” because their parents never had money. They have to improvise with the waste around them and build their toys out of it. That’s why it’s strange when you have all opportunities but you although built a skateable sculpture out of orban trash. Now that’s the reason why our sculpture looks a bis displaced – just a strange piece of art placed on wasted urban space which enables a lot of fun and produces question marks in the minds and the hearts of the people.
Above you saw the video clip that our friend Mehmet Birinci has made during our Episode II on Candidplatz in Munich from 26’th to 29’th of june. We had the pleasure to welcome Almir Jusovic from Slovenia as a artist in residency who represents a group of skateboard artists who try to go new ways in riding a skateboard. Almir is also a sculptor and producer of creative objects made out of waste material.
Candidplatz is a rather undifined place containing a basketball court and a skatepark. The least is nearly unusable due to the bad conditions of the ground. This place is mostly used by the inhabitants of the area in order to pass throug on the way to the nearby metro station. We changed the athmosphere of this urban wasteland for a few days but it was too short. “Such things should happen more often here” was a quote we heared often from passers by.
The next event will happen at Willy-Brandt-Platz in Messestadt Riem – downhome Munich from 11’th to 13’th of september:
Introducing one of our SchmiedeLabs in collaboration with WTD
The Trike Lab will design and assemble two tricycles which will lead a Bike ride to Munich.
The first trike will be a repair bike that gets your best and favourite bike-mechanic with all the tools he needs directly to where you and your bike got stranded and need a mechanical fix. The second one built will be a Keg-bike, because delivery of refreshments is always needed and always needs to be done in proper biking style.
On the last day of Schmiede the newly built trikes & the Muslauf team will pack their tools and join a 2-day Biking Caravan to Munich.
Muslauf is a diverse group of people from Ljubljana, joined strongly by their love to bicycles. Their eagerness to endlessly discuss any biking related topic over a can of cold beer is only shadowed by their passion to design and assemble custom bikes. The lab will be led by a team of six: Bor Čeh, Ajda Fortuna, Marko Makuc, Marko Marovt, Domen Ožbot and Andraž Tarman
For the purposes of the TrikeLab at Schmiede Muslauf will work on two bikes simultaneously. The lab’s first trike assembly will be led by Bor Čeh. Flying the Retro Rats flag his design will focus on building the perfect travelling bike-repair shop.
Trike two will be designed under Andraž Tarman’s supervision. Wearing the Musverks colours, his fellows will focus building on a very important addition to the Muslauf’s fleet of event-focused bikes, the Keg bike.
This bike ride, led by Muslauf, will take the results of the Trike Lab’s work to a two-day test ride to Munich. Starting in the morning of the 21st of September, the event extends the Trike Lab of this year’s Schmiede SelfAssembling activities for another two days two-day trip. The planned stop for camping is somewhere around Chiemsee and on day two we should already be able to sleep somewhere around our arrival destination in the Munich City Centre. Everybody is welcome to join the ride as long as you are on wheels, not propelled by a motor (other than yourself) and can take care of your camping / roof for the night.
This event happens no matter what the weather. Do dress accordingly.
Perhaps ever since the BMX craze in the 80s, bikes have not been discussed by the youth and young adults as much as in the past few years. Designer bikes started to be in vogue by the chic, and converting your own bike to a stripped down fixed gear became a must for the hip. Restoring an old bike grew more and more popular and, apparently, so did the global popularity of Tour de France.
All around the World, bikes developed into a form of self-expression and identity. And a very urban identity, that is. Bicycles became more than just a mode of transport. What kind of a bike you ride started to epitomize who you are and which urban tribe you belong to.
In this sense Ljubljana is not an exception. The town has a vibrant scene of urban bikers which got documented by Tilen Sepič. His exploration will result in a series of five short videos, each of them coming out at the beginning of a new week. One by one they will probe into a different aspect of Ljubljana’s small, heavily interconnected, but also very diverse and growing biking community.
Here comes the first one. It focuses on Playfulness and belonging.