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25. June 2015

Day 10 at the moving urban cultures festival: Skateday

by Hertha    Filed under: Events,Munich,Skateboarding,What's The Deal? generalComments Off on Day 10 at the moving urban cultures festival: Skateday

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The last day of the festival was all about Skateboarding: Even though the weather could have been better, the Skateworkshop of Albertross & Friends was a full success! And Munich’s got 20 skaters more to be proud of.

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But not only the kids had fun on Saturday. Some of the best skaters from Munich and around came to inaugurate the new skateobstacle made of concrete.

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After two years focusing on the skateboarding scene in Munich, the discussion about the need of a D.I.Y-Fullpipe park in Munich gave a new understanding of that topic. While the Skateboarding scene represented by Daniel Haas, Roman Astleitner and Stefan Lehnert argued that Skateboarding always was about do it yourself, the representatives of the city of Munich (Willi Wermelt, SPD, Verena Dietl, SPD, Wolfgang Zeilnhofer-Rath, Hut and Oswald Utz, Grüne) pointed out that there would be administrative problems regarding security and responsibility.

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Although all of the participants agreed that there should be a DIY project with skateboarders, the problems of the insurance, little space and costs won’t make it easy to find a solution pleasant for everyone.

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The last day of the Moving Urban Cultures festival ended with a concert of the argentinian band Faauna. The two musicians kept the audience moving with their so called Cumbia bass: a mix of electronic music combined with relevant lyrics.

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Thanks to all coordinators, artists, visitors and helping staff the festival was a full success and enabled an exchange of people with all kind of different backgrounds.

17. June 2015

What’s the deal.. about the Nomadic Sculpture?

by Hertha    Filed under: Munich,SkateboardingComments Off on What’s the deal.. about the Nomadic Sculpture?

Philip Metz made a zine about the Nomadic Sculpture for the What’s the deal? event.

The ‘Nomadic Sculpture’ is a usable art object for public spaces, created under the leadership of concept artist Philip Metz from Berlin. The sculpture is largely made of old recycled timber and can vary in shape and dimensions because of its modular structure. It was mainly made with skateboarders in mind. The object kept developing during its journey through Munich to five urban unused places. The experience gained and the dialogue with the surroundings and the public was used in the continuing design process. The ‘Nomadic Sculpture’ therefore surpasses an expectation that would be hard to fulfil anyways – especially for an object of art, which per definition is not an object created with the purpose of being used.

 

20. May 2015

Skateboarding, Arts and Culture, June 20 // What’s the deal? – moving urban cultures

by Hertha    Filed under: Events,Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,Skateboarding,What's The Deal? generalComments Off on Skateboarding, Arts and Culture, June 20 // What’s the deal? – moving urban cultures

The last day of the festival will be all about skateboarding includig Skatesessions, Skateworkshops and Talks.

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One of the highlights will be the inauguration of the Nomadic Sculpture:

The Nomadic Sculpture is an object in public space that was developed in five phases. The aim was to create a sculpture that can serve multiple purposes – an expectation that would be hard to fulfill, especially for an object of art, which per definition is not an object created with the purpose of being used. The Nomadic Sculpture is built of reused material, variable in shape and can therefore adapt to each site which makes it suitable for skateboards.

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But that’s not all: watch Videos of D.I.Y. Skatepark-projects in the WTD-Container or participate in a talk about Skateparks in Munich.

If you’re a Skater yourself, show your skills and tricks in a special surrounding during a Night-Skatesession. Or just enjoy a great Live-Concert with Faauna and a DJ Set of Caroline v. Monaco & Prügelprinz Ernst August.

 

7. May 2015

Lea says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 4

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Lea is one of the few female skaters in Munich.
Matter of fact there are only about 15 active female skaters next to about over 300 active male skaters in the city of Munich. That’s a tough competition. Luckily we’re living in a time where female skaters are well respected and treated equal. Unfortunately this is still not the case with homosexual skaters within the scene.
Lea tells us her personal view of a men dominated sport. Thanks Lea!!

Lea says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 4 from What's the deal? on Vimeo.

 

6. May 2015

Girls in skateboarding – A female point of view of a scene

by Marcus    Filed under: Munich,Research Reports,SkateboardingComments Off on Girls in skateboarding – A female point of view of a scene

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In between a male dominated skate scene, it was quite a challenge to find a committed female skater in Munich. Luckily we got in contact with Sofija Pantelić. The 18 year old student has been skating for almost four years and has quite a reflected point of view of the Munich skate-scene as one of the few female skaters in Munich.

How did it all start?

First I saw skating of course as a hobby. I started skating in a park around the corner and went there every day after school. It didn’t take a lot of time, till i figured out, that this is my thing. I still like skating in a park or a bowl better than pure street skating.

What exactly do you like about it?

It’s just a different feeling, riding the bowl. It’s a feeling of freedom and better for me to figure out new tricks.

What comes to your mind when you think about „Women“ and „Skating“?

First of all sexist graphics on decks and prejudice towards women who skate. It starts with the common thinking, that women are anatomically not build for skating. So it’s impossible to reach the level of men. But I don’t think so.
Of course men have been skating over 50 years. Women started like 20 years ago. Men have a big advance in that case. So they know, what they can do. Women still have to figure out what they are able to do. There are just a lot of years missing, to get the required appreciation.

How do you handle sexist graphics?

I ignore them. I personally don’t mind it, since it is not addressed to me. You can see sexism everywhere. Commercials, Musicvideos whatever.. Nothing new about it, as long as I don’t have anything to do with it.

Do you recognize sexism or homophobia within the skate-scene?

I haven’t recognized homophobia within the scene. Outlawing of gay or lesbian skaters hasn’t stroked out to me, yet. But yeah, I see sexism towards women the graphics of the decks. I mean there are idiots and machos everywhere. But I’ve never been hit on by skaters in the park. Maybe idiots don’t skate?

How do male skaters treat you in the park?

You have to gain respect. Of course there are a lot of girls buying a deck, fooling around in the park and just don’t take it serious. This changes, when you go there every single day. You get your respect within the scene, if they recognize your ambition. That’s cool.

Isn’t it the same case when boys start to skate?

Well, girls always have to be two times better or more ambitious to get in that scene.
A boy with a skateboard always has a different perception than girls. As a girl you always have to proof yourself. But as I said, as long as you take it serious you will get your probs.

Do you recognize a certain gender problem? Is gender a topic within the scene?

Actually no. You don’t speak explicit about it. But sure, if you compare the success of men and women, you can totally see it. There are big differences. In a common skatepark, gender doesn’t really matter. There are more and more girls who skate, also older women. You can really witness this at the Hirschgarten-Bowl.

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Is there a female skate-scene in Munich?

99% of course are male skaters. In general there are 5-6 girls, that I know. That’s not a lot. It’s definitely a difference skating with girls than with boys. But that’s probably, because there are always boys around and your used to it. With girls you have different conversations and you push yourself a bit different. I would like to have more girls around, even though I don’t make a big difference to other the opposite sex. At skate-contests it would be really cool to have some more girls around. It gets kind of boring competing with boys all the time.

Do you animate girls to start skating?

There are new girls coming to my local skatepark all the time. I also try to talk to them. Most of the time they are too afraid to go in the park. So I try to make it comfortable for them. I also did some workshops with girls. I try to push and animate them whenever I can. They really don’t have to be afraid, you know?

Do you set yourself limits?

As a women you might think about certain tricks a bit different, if you still want to have kids. But I hardly think about not doing a certain trick, because thinking about injuries.  Injuries are a part of skating. You gotta handle it!

Thanks Sofija!

4. May 2015

Simon says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 1

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For our first clip we interviewed Simon “Esel” Schöllhorn, co-founder of SHRN Skateshop, based in the heart of Munich. The team started out in 2004 as a blog for skaters & lifestyle in Munich. Figuring out, that there is no skateshop around, which fulfills their needs of hanging on a cosy couch, chatting with other skaters, while watching skate-movies and having a nice cup of coffe from around the corner, they started the shop in 2013.

Now counting as one of the most credible skateshops in Munich. Simon told us about the importance of selling goods which aren’t made for mass production, but supporting articles of smaller companies made from skaters to skaters.
The awereness of sustainabilty is a certain fact within in the scene, but is not to be disposed yet. Especially the matter of expense is still a main reason why the usage of sustainable material is not positioned in every skaters mind yet. But as he tells us, cool ideas are on their way to change that missing link in the scene.

Simon says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 1 from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.

23. March 2015

Finissage at MaximiliansForum

by Hertha    Filed under: Events,Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,Project Reports,SkateboardingComments Off on Finissage at MaximiliansForum

The Finissage of Episode IV: Moving Underground took place on the 10th of January in MaximiliansForum and has been a great success. Many young skaters came and demonstrated their skills on the Nomadic Sculpture. mayer+empl and Genelabo provided some colourful projections, transforming the sculpture into an artful playground with exciting patterns by making them change and shift according to the skater´s movements.

                        

The more experienced ones like Tobi Albertross showed some of their complex tricks later in the evening.

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But not only young adults and grown-ups enjoyed the event. Little soon-to-be skaters joined in and paved the ground for their future careers. In the “Best Trick Contest” they proved that such predictions are in no way untenable pipe dreams and that they´re sure to become the next skate-stars.

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Haeppi Piecis showed a diverse selection of innovatively designed items, ranging from lamps and chairs to clothing and accessories. By emphasizing the local oppsed to bulk goods they want to create awareness for sustainablity and alternatives for our accustomed lifestyles.

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Music wasn´t absent as well, but of course not in the well-known habitual way. Lisa Simpson challenged the traditional style of performing music by including her sewing machine in a “fashion orchestra”. Through that unusual pairing she became musician and designer at the same time, making people dance and see the creation of a new piece of fashion at once.

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If you want to have a brief overview of the whole Period of Episode IV: Moving Underground watch the video below:

moving underground – Nomadic Sculpture Episode IV at MaximiliansForum from What's the deal? on Vimeo.

 

 

 

10. December 2014

Finissage – The Nomadic Sculpture goes hibernating

by Hertha    Filed under: Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,SkateboardingComments Off on Finissage – The Nomadic Sculpture goes hibernating

It will have been seven weeks that the Nomadic sculpture has stayed in the underground art space MaximiliansForum, when the finissage on Saturday, January 10, 2015 will end the fourth episode.

The opening event had been a great success with lots of people attending the programme of the vernissage. Skaters had started right from the beginning to test the sculpture on its skateability while other visitors looked at all the products and art work displayed at the concept design store “Going Local”. All products (they were also for sale) were selected by Anne and Alexandra (together they provide the platform Haeppi Piecis for local designers) based on their link to sustainability.

Art work produced by the WTD Creative Lab taking place at the Villa Waldberta completed the exhibition.

(for more info check www.whatsthedeal.eu/blog/?p=698)

Lisa Simpson showed some of her upcycled clothes made of used material from the flea markets or from leftover stocks and artfully combined together to create to collections. Onur Ceritoglu created the bird watch chair, made of easily available wood. He also assembled all the shelves for the concept store out of material found at the MaximiliansForum: again leftovers from former events. The collective GUMB – already back in Ljubljana – left their freshly-made lamps of natural material and paper behind to be presented in the venue. Interactive projections on the skateable sculpture, an info point with information material, videos and pictures explaining WTD and the Nomadic Sculpture as well as a live act from Roger Rekless and DJ music made the event diverse and entertaining.

Here are some pics to give a feeling of the atmosphere:

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Many more photos can be found at flickr:
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The second event took place on December 6 (Santa Claus). This time the group “The Open Door” provided the content for an exhibition related to skateboarding and formed the program. The Open Door is a collective of creatives located in Munich with a strong link to skateboarding which organises temporary exhbitions of photography, illustration, art and fashion from time to time in order to illustrate its vision of skateboarding as culture. This time, work of Roberto Cuellar, Almaros, Laura Kaczmarek Photography, Leo Preisinger Fotografie, Conny Mirbach, Carl Wander, Holiday Life Co., SHRN and Wiethaus Michael were presented.

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While the program of the finissage has already been defined and announced, the art space MaximiliansForum will still be open until then on regular opening hours and will provide the skateboarders the unique chance to skate the Nomadic Sculpture. So far, the skating community has embraced this as an attractive opportunity, as places for skating during winter time are few to none in Munich.

And here is the planned program for the finissage:

16:00 – 23:00
Haeppi Piecis Design Concept Store is open to the public to see and buy

16:00 – 16:30
Best Trick Contest of the junior skaters with prizes

16:30 – 19:30
Assisted by Skateboarding München e.V. the skater community will get the opportunity to test the functionality of our ‘Nomadic Sculpture’ for the last time at the MaximiliansForum. Their performances will be surrounded by an interactive projection mapping on the sculpture by Genelabo and mayer+empl.

19:30 – 20:00
WTD Skatedemo with Tobi Albertross and friends

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Fashion Orchestra. A Live performance combining sewing machine, sewing and music by Lisa Simpson

Afterwards:
DJ Walter Wolff will guide the transition of the finissage from exhibition to party.

Have a look at the full program (in German) :

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25. November 2014

The Open Door meets the Nomadic Sculpture at MaximiliansForum

by Hertha    Filed under: Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,SkateboardingComments Off on The Open Door meets the Nomadic Sculpture at MaximiliansForum

Just two weeks after the very successful and pleasant vernissage of “Nomadic Sculpture – Episode IV: Moving underground” the next event is already in the pipeline. The Munich based creative collective “The Open Door” will organise an exhibition at the MaximiliansForum as part of Episode IV on Saturday, December 6. The Open Door will showcase the work of artists coming from or linked strongly to the skateboarding scene. The artists to be featured at the Maximiliansforum will be: Roberto Cuellar, Almaros, Laura Kaczmarek Photography, Leo Preisinger Fotografie, Conny Mirbach, Carl Wander, Holiday Life Co, SHRN and Michael Wiethaus.

Apart from the exhibition the skaters will also get the opportunity to skate the Nomadic Sculpture which will be illuminated by interactive projections particularly developed for this occasion by Genelabo and mayer+empl. The musical entertainment will be provided by Monaco Bass and the “Going local” design concept store of the creative platform Haeppi Piecis will present again both local sustainable products as well as the art works of the international artists Lisa Simpson, the collective GUMB, Onur Certigolu and Mac Krebernik.

Have a look at the full program (in German):
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There are more events lined up within Episode IV: skate sessions, a lab to experiment with the sculpture for the skating community and a finissage on January 10. Once, all pics and videos taken have been screened, they will be posted in one of the next blogs.

6. November 2014

The “Nomadic Sculpture” goes into the fourth round – Episode IV: Moving Underground

by Hertha    Filed under: Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,SkateboardingComments Off on The “Nomadic Sculpture” goes into the fourth round – Episode IV: Moving Underground

 

And it’s about time to provide more news about this upcoming event, the fourth one where the Nomadic Sculpture moves around the city to the selected urban spots. As announced in the last blog entry about the Nomadic sculpture – www.whatsthedeal.eu/blog/?p=756 – the Nomadic Sculpture will move underground to the MaximiliansForum, an art space in a pedestrian sub-passage in Munich, and adapt to this environment in a new shape. The sculpture will stay at that venue from Saturday, 22.11.14 to Saturday, 10.01.15 –  7 long weeks.
During that time period, the art space will be open to the public, but in particular to the skateboarders who will be allowed to skate the Nomadic Sculpture. The WTD team thinks that this will be particularly attractive for them, as places for skating during winter time are few to none in Munich. Another highlight will be interactive projections on the artistic sculpture.

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An impression of the venue MaximiliansForum:

 

And this is an example what the projection could look like:

 

 

And there will be even more to see at MaximiliansForum during Episode IV: Moving Underground. This time the Nomadic Sculpture has teamed up with Haeppi Piecis Design Concept Store where local and international products will be shown and – hopefully – sold. The slogan is: Think global, act local! The store will not only show sustainable products from local designers, but also present the artwork related to sustainability by the international guest artists from Villa Waldberta, the international artist-in-residence house of the City of Munich.(more info about the artists: whatsthedeal.eu/blog/?p=698).

 

The event will start with an opening on September 22. This is the planned program:

 

16:00 – 19:00

Assisted by Skateboarding München e.V. the skater community will get the big opportunity to test the functionality of our ‘Nomadic Sculpture’ and to show its special skills! Their performances will be surrounded by an interactive projection mapping on the sculpture by Gene (Doublevisions) and mayer+empl to the background music played by Dj Larry Frenoga (Jazz-Funk-Soul-Gala).

 

19:00

The official opening of the event will take place. The very unique Design Concept Store : ‘Going local’ will be presented which offers not only fashion and accessories but also delicacies and interior decorationproduced sustainably in and around Munich. On top of that the artistical work of the young artists Lisa Simpson (São Paulo), Onur Ceritoğlu (Istanbul) und Collective GUMB (Ljubljana) created during their stay at Villa Walberta, the international artist residence of the City of Munich will be presented.

 

20:00

A live rap performance by the rather well-known Roger Rekless will inspire the audience.

 

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Fantastic DJ performances managed by Dj ’Larry Frenoga’ (Jazz-Funk-Soul-Gala) will round off the Vernissage.

 
Have a look at the full program (in German) :

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And there will be more events during the weeks after the opening. The next one is planned for November 6 at the MaximiliansForum: The Open-Door-Exhibition. But this is another story. Watch out for the next blog on the Nomadic Sculpture.


 

 

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