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20. May 2015

What’s the deal at Schmiede?

by Rüdiger    Filed under: Hallein,Research ReportsComments Off on What’s the deal at Schmiede?

Korinna Lindinger made a zine for the Schmiede & WTD research

….Schmiede is a network of people strongly engaged in various fields of arts, design, technology and performance. Members are called Smiths. They get together for intense cooperation and experiment for ten days every year at Schmiede Hallein….

7. May 2015

Lea says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 4

by Marcus    Filed under: Munich,Research Reports,SkateboardingComments Off on Lea says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 4

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

by Marcus    Filed under: Munich,Research Reports,Skateboarding,UncategorizedComments Off on Simon says… The Skateboarding Scene in Munich: Part 1

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.

3. March 2015

subnetTALK: Korinna Lindinger

by Rüdiger    Filed under: Events,Hallein,Project Reports,Research Reports,VIDEOSComments Off on subnetTALK: Korinna Lindinger

Korinna Lindinger talked about our WTD research project at the Kunstquartier Bergstrasse in the frame of the subnetTALK series.

Schmiede is a network of people strongly engaged in various fields of arts, design, technology and performance with various professional competences. Members get together for intense experimentation for two weeks per year. Cooperations, network-activity and mutual support go on during the year through digital communication.
Non-hierarchic knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary exchange plays a constituting role for Schmiede. Translocal communities of interest have gained importance as places of individual and collective resources for professional development.
The talk discusses results of a research project about the sustainability of the semi-digital network for artist’s biographies. The research is embedded in international EU-Project “What’s the deal” about young urban cultures and sustainability.

 

See the video:

subnetTALK Korinna Lindinger

6. February 2015

Art Intervention Zine

by Susanne    Filed under: Amsterdam,Design,Research ReportsComments Off on Art Intervention Zine

A while back we published our research on the trends, developments and needs from designers around sustainability (in the Netherlands). Now, following our first Art Intervention in Amsterdam, we are releasing our first Zine combining the research with our videoreports from Dutch designers.

For all to read, enjoy and share!

19. November 2014

If they won’t do it, who will? – Rickard Engstrom

by Susanne    Filed under: Amsterdam,Design,Research ReportsComments Off on If they won’t do it, who will? – Rickard Engstrom

In our seventh and last report about design in the Netherlands: Rickard Engstrom. Rickard just quit his job. And he’s overjoyed about it. Swedish Rickard Engstrom always tried to have an impact with whatever job he did. But his former jobs didn’t give him the satisfaction of improving anything, nor did his recent job in advertising. It was in pursuit of his advertisement career that he moved to Amsterdam, but to Rickard, advertising was still too much about “flogging the product, no matter how you do it”. He still didn’t feel like making any impact. That’s why he quit. Sustainability is getting bigger and bigger, according to Rickard, and more people are growing aware of it. But he wonders whether it has become more important for designers as well. After all, it’s up to designer and artists to take responsibility for finding new sustainable ways of doing things, Rickard says, “because if they don’t, who will?”

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.

If they won’t do it, who will? – Rickard Engstrom from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
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13. November 2014

Garden Mania – Desirée Hammen

by Susanne    Filed under: Amsterdam,Design,Research Reports,VIDEOSComments Off on Garden Mania – Desirée Hammen

Desirée Hammens creative community garden is the focus of our sixth report on Dutch design. When Strijp-S, a former industrial site in Eindhoven, was opened to the public, designer Desirée Hammen knew what she had to do: to garden. The new inhabitants of the industrial site didn’t have a garden and didn’t know each other, and that is exactly what Desirée wanted to change. So she built Garden Mania: a creative community garden project. With her garden she raises awareness about health issues, and about the question where food actually comes from. It’s a place where new projects can grow and develop, and where creativity and sustainability are the main focus. But most of all, it’s a place where people can meet each other. After all, sustainability means taking care of the earth and of each other.

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.

Garden Mania – Desirée Hammen from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
desireehammen.nl

5. November 2014

Designing for the other 90% – Luc van Hoeckel & Pim van Baarsen

by Susanne    Filed under: Amsterdam,Design,Research Reports,VIDEOSComments Off on Designing for the other 90% – Luc van Hoeckel & Pim van Baarsen

In our fifth video report: young social designers Luc van Hoeckel and Pim van Baarsen. Why work for the meager 10% who can afford to buy design, if you can also make a difference for the other 90%? That is what product designers Luc van Hoeckel and Pim van Baarsen are aiming for. Solving problems and making life easier is what makes work interesting for these designers. Since Europe is already awash with designers, they venture to developing countries to find creative solutions for local problems. Exchanging knowledge and cooperation are central in their style of work. According to them, sustainability is coming towards our current needs without harming future generations. Designers have the task to explain to consumers what the word ‘sustainability’ actually means, now that is has become such a popular word.

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.

Designing for the other 90% – Luc van Hoeckel & Pim van Baarsen from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
lucvanhoeckel.nl/pimvanbaarsen.com

29. October 2014

The new modernism – Willa Stoutenbeek

by Susanne    Filed under: Amsterdam,Design,Research ReportsComments Off on The new modernism – Willa Stoutenbeek

In the fourth part of our research about Dutch design: Willa Stoutenbeek. After ten years of working in the fashion industry, Willa Stoutenbeek was fed up with its superficiality and started focusing on sustainability. She founded W.Green: a creative communication agency for sustainable fashion and lifestyle. To her, it is important that the brands and products she works are driven to improve things. Relevance is her key word: if a product is useable, high quality and esthetical it’s relevant and therefore sustainable. Willa sees sustainability as the new modernism and relevance as its criteria. Since it is hard to make a product that is 100% sustainable, you need to focus on the steps where you can make a difference, she thinks. “After all, it is possible to make a difference if you reunite and collectively decide that you don’t accept the things as they happen.”

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam. You can read more about the research in the Art Intervention designreport (ENG) by Amal Al Haag.

The new modernism – Willa Stoutenbeek from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
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