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20. October 2014

The big gesture: the Nomadic Sculpture evolved in episode III and moves underground in episode IV

by Tuncay    Filed under: Munich,SkateboardingComments Off on The big gesture: the Nomadic Sculpture evolved in episode III and moves underground in episode IV

Willy Brandt is a name that is symbolic for the last period of modern politics in which the big gesture determined the fate of a nation for decades. John F. Kennedy’s speach in Berlin which is monumentalized by the quote “Ich bin ein Berliner” or Willy Brandt’s kneefall in front of the Monument of the heros of the Ghetto of Warshau in the year 1970 were such moments in German history.
Why do i mention this? The 3’rd episode of the Nomadic Sculpture recently took place on a square in Munich that is named after Willy Brandt from 11’th till 13’th of september. So i thougt it would be nice to recover the story around the name.

WTD EpisodeIII Munich-Riem 2014 from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.

We all are used to walk over such places without even recognizing their names or the historical background. I think it’s very helpful to read the character of a city by studying those details. However it’s interesting that there is a disturbing contrast between the clear image and meaning of the historical persona of Willy Brandt and the imperfect, vaguely defined and unclear character of the place named after him. This was actually one of the main reasons why it caught our attention.
The Square is situated in one of the younger quarters of Munich called Messestadt Riem and is surrounded by a huge hotel complex and a shopping mall very near to the new fair area. The architectural ensemble is one of the boring examples of postmodern German masonry and shows less profile.
But the square was supposed to break out of this monotony. Its main feature is a water fountain that nearly covers all the area. It is drafted as a huge circle overlaid with a special pavement and supposed to be flooded equally. The concept belongs to the German artist Karin Sander but the organisation of the construction failed in many ways so that the surface of nearly half of the well is damaged and the flooding system does not work properly.
The square now looks quite abandoned and empty in a certain way. The passers by just walk around it on their way to the metro entrance or in the opposite direction. The only function of the place – which has nearly double the size of Munich’s central city square, Marienplatz – is to be passed by as fast as possible. So it perfectly answered the demands of our project.
We built the sculpture in the shape of a big question mark, as this sign is kind of a symbol for the whole project. Unfortunately it rained a lot so we could’nt really present on our topic which was “creative consumption”. We planned to offer a showroom for sustainably produced objects and products especially in the fashion field. We invited for example Marissa Brendel who is running the fashion label Afridiva (afridiva.com) which produces fashion items made out of selfmade tissues or recycled material in Madagascar. She sells it in Europe and tries to support the producers back there. Marissa planned a fashion show using the Nomadic Sculpture as a catwalk but unfortunately the weather destroyed all those nice plans.
However, we had one day with almost no rain and  a lot of kids of the neighbourhood came by who were little impressed by the weather, for they had really waited for days to ride the sculpture. So they came with skateboards, rollers and bikes. We really had to look after them because they were quite wild though.
Fortunately we had Tobi Albertross (albertross.de) on the site who held a skateboardworkshop assisted by the skateboardartist Tomcat. They supported the kids with the necessary safety outfit. It was interesting to see that the kids after a while understood the modular principle of the sculpture by themselves and tried to reposition the elements. So it happened that we could create a wonderful interaction which showed how much the kids identified themselves with the sculpture. They really were eager to be part of the creative process.
One of our partners at this event was the youth organization of the municipal library of Munich, lead by Raphaela Müller. She organized a media project which pointed to the problem of plastic surplus production. With simple experiments and creative interventions the kids themselves succeeded to get the public involved and to have people of all ages participate. At the end they created a wonderful shortclip which documents the process:

See more pictures of the event on our –>> Flickr-Site

And now we go for Episode IV: The Nomadic Sculpture will visit “Maxforum”. This is a rather huge art space run by the municipality of Munich in the very city center. It is an underpass wich is positioned on Munich’s most expensive shopping area. We will move in with the sculpture and have special guests who will work on it with projection mapping. 22’nd of November will be the opening and we will stay there till 10’th of january.
We will deliver more news soon. If you are around, don’t miss it:
WTD-4_A3_RZ

maximiliansforum.de

11. September 2014

Update on Nomadic Sculpture – Episode III: Positive fashion and skateboarding

by Hertha    Filed under: Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,SkateboardingComments Off on Update on Nomadic Sculpture – Episode III: Positive fashion and skateboarding

Today is the start of the event at Willy-Brandt-Platz. We hope that the weather gods will have mercy and keep most of the predicted rain showers away!

Here is a preview on what the Nomadic Sculpture will look like in Episode III at Willy-Brandt-Platz  – the shape of a question mark:

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And this is the flyer with the program:  WTD Nomadic Sculpture Episode III
Below is the program in German with recent updates on the Saturday program:


PROGRAMM

– TÄGLICH –

12.00 h – 20.00 h

Befahren der Nomadic Sculpture

WTD-Showroom: positive fashion

WTD-Infotisch: Alles Wichtige zum Projekt

Skateboardflohmarkt

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. w
ww.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
Skateboardflohmarkt
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

27. August 2014

The “Nomadic Sculpture” goes into the third round – Episode III: Positive Fashion & Skateboarding

by Hertha    Filed under: Events,Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,SkateboardingComments Off on The “Nomadic Sculpture” goes into the third round – Episode III: Positive Fashion & Skateboarding

Episode III of the Art Action will take place from September 11 to 13!

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The third spot, Willy-Brand-Platz, is strongly influenced by shopping opportunities in the nearby “Riem Arcaden”. That’s why our WTD-Team created something special: The WTD-Container turns into a showroom for re- and upcycled products (fashion & jewelery). There will also be skateworkshops, a flea market for skate-stuff and a best-trick session. Concerts and DJs will provide musical entertainment and “Café Kosmos” will take care of food and drinks. We are really looking forward to use and revitalize this place to create the current event!

CAfe Kosmos  Handwerken

As part of the “What’s the deal?” project a mobile, modular sculpture from recycled material is developing and wandering in several episodes through the city: the “Nomadic Sculpture”. Every place gives the sculpture a different shape. As such, the “nomadic hike” is part of the artistic work. It shows, in a creative and playful way, one version of urban mapping in the skateboard scene.

The skate-ability was first tested in Episode II on Candidplatz from June 26 – 29. So now you get again the chance to test the sculpture at Willy-Brandt-Platz. We are excited how you like the transformation of the sculpture. So join us – daily from 12:00 to 20:00 at Willy-Brandt-Platz – and be part of the artwork.

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Have a look at the program of Episode III (in German):

The flyer:  WTD Nomadic Sculpture Episode III


PROGRAMM

– TÄGLICH –

12.00 h – 20.00 h

Befahren der Nomadic Sculpture

WTD-Showroom: positive fashion

WTD-Infotisch: Alles Wichtige zum Projekt

Skateboardflohmarkt

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 – 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. w
ww.afridiva.com
16.00 – 20.00 h
Dj-Team Feelgood Selection (Rare Beats & Funk)


– SAMSTAG. 13.9.14 –

11.00 – 19.00 h
Umweltprojekt mit jutebeute-Kreativwerkstatt, Infostand und weiteren Aktionen von
update.jung & erwachsen, Münchner Stadtbibliothek und PA/Spielkultur. e.V.
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
Anschließend – 20.00 h
Dj Larry Frenoga

Preannouncement:                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The next event – Episode IV – is to last for nearly 2 months and will take place at the “Maximiliansforum” from November 22 – January 10.

25. July 2014

E-zine: What’s the deal? Munich – Skateboarding, Nomadic Sculpture, Sustainability

by Hertha    Filed under: Articles,Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,SkateboardingComments Off on E-zine: What’s the deal? Munich – Skateboarding, Nomadic Sculpture, Sustainability

Even though the e-zine has already been published in April 2014, its content is still amazing and interesting to read. Have you ever looked at Munich from the perspective of the skateboarder scene?

http://issuu.com/wtdproject/docs/what-munich_i_s_s_u_u

There should certainly be a second booklet to continue the story.

18. June 2014

DIY Skateparks / Ghetto Spots

by Marcus    Filed under: Munich,Research Reports,Skateboarding,UncategorizedComments Off on DIY Skateparks / Ghetto Spots


It all started out  in 1990  with a perfect location under the east end of the Burnside Bridge in Portland, Oregon. A group of the local skateboard community started out building their own public skatepark without any permission and approval of the competent supervisory authority. Within the years, the city would eventually see the potential of the park, and in 1998 it was finally granted legal by the public authority. This park shall go down in history as a renegade for DIY-skatepark construction.

 

DIY Spot

“Like a magnifying glass in the sun, Burnside can witness a concentration of skill level unmatched anywhere.  You can see crazy, crazy things there.  Go, watch, learn, be humbled, excited and inspired.  It is amazing.”  http://www.skateoregon.com/Burnside/Burnside.html

 

The Burnside bowl counts as a pioneer under the DIY-parks. Ever since this inspiration, DIY- or ghetto-spots bloom all over the world and can be explored in all corners of this globe.

A nice example for innovative DIY-skatearchitecture in Europe ist the so called “2er” park in Hannover/Germany. It continuously is extended and offers space for artistic and creative action in every manner. The park is more or less thought as an open paricipation-project and as a spot for building “social sculptures” as the “2er Skate-association” declares.

Watch this inspiring video of the building of “2er”:  2er Skatpark

It is a long time coming to find something similar to this in Munich. Even though there are plenty of opportunities to skate in Munich, the ONE spot is still missing out, where skaters have room for development of a combined creative prospect of ramps, curves or whatever you can think of. As one of the most eligible spots for building a DIY-spot in Munich counts the back section oft the parking lot under the bridge called „Donnersberger Brücke“. Just as Burnside in Portland, this spot would be roofed and pretty much skateable to every season and weather condition of the year. Due to limited options as it is right now, this spot is unfortunately not very highly frequented throughout the year.

The space under the Donnersberger Brücke would be a perfect spot to overwinter the Nomadic Sculpture, if it wasn’t a private parking lot. But who knows? Maybe the Nomadic Sculpture could be the start of the first DIY-spot in Munich, as long as the city keeps their wrecking ball on hold.

Before fiction becomes reality, the guys of the Munich based skateshop „SHRN“ appropriated the problem of skate-prohibition on certain public spaces and rebuilt a certain part of the court house in Munich. This spot counts as an ideal spot to skate but is just impossible to do so, since security is pretty much aware of the perfectness of the spot to skaters. To skate the spot anyhow, was a goal the guys of “SHRN” wanted to fulfill. So they rebuilt the exact spot out of wood and set it up on the annual skate contest “Munich BE(A)ST”, where the local skaters could finally dedicate this famous spot.

 

 

On the weekend of June 27th/28th the second episode of the What’s the deal? project will take place at Candidplatz in Munich. There you will have the chance to see or sakte the Nomadic Sculpture for the first time, which is only built out of sustainable material.

WHAT'S THE DEAL


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