Skateboarding Summit

OR THE REFLECTION ON SOCIAL EXCLUSION IN THE CONTEXT OF ALTERNATIVE CULTURE
2019

Skateboarding Summit was held on 24-25 November 2018 in Łódź. I decided to invite a group of local skateboarders to create a project and discuss mechanisms of social exclusion through the lens of skate sports. Skateboarding is a way of reinterpreting urban spaces. It is full of freedom, vitality and unpredictability. Skateboarders are disturbing the social order because they demonstrate, in a very simple way, that the urban space does not belong to everyone. We asked ourselves how exclusion works and who 'the Other' is, to conclude that 'everyone in their uniqueness can become a closer person to me'.

During our meeting, we have made a video and engaged in a debate on the issues faced by skaters. We gathered in the empty WY Gallery in Łódź where my collaborators constructed a makeshift skatepark solely out of the interior elements they found on location. Then, we concentrated on the conversation. The end result of our project was the black and white video that built the narrative of exclusion and otherness while showcasing some of the most impactful slogans uttered by participating skaters.

Participants:
Anna Jochymek ig: @anna_jochymek
Damian „florek” Florczak ig: @_df97_
Marcin Polak ig: @ miejmiejsce
Marcin Sińczak ig: @neverletgofme
Mateusz Czyczyn ig: @out.ofstep
Oszka Mrozowicz ig: @mrooszka
Tomasz „Gonzi” Haładaj ig: @buttholelovereater

Music has been composed especially for this video in collaboration with Zu Fidler. It consists of transformed parts of recorded conversations with skateboarders.



Video: Anna Jochymek
Sound: in collaboration with Zu Fidler