Vladimir Film Festival

Pan­el of the Grey Spaces of Skateboarding

Pula / Kino Valli / 23 / 09 / 2023 / Event

In con­crete skate­parks, amidst office plazas, through the smog of car fumes, and grime of the city, skate­board­ing is a grey endeav­our. Grey­ness both col­ours our mater­i­al exper­i­ences and infuses the sym­bol­ic world of our activ­ity; uncer­tainty, ambi­gu­ity, lack of clarity. 

The simple and divided notion of skate­board­ing as play or as crime makes vis­ible the con­tested and grey nature of skateboarding.

From the chal­lenge of spor­ti­fic­a­tion in the Olympics, to ten­sions between com­mer­cial enter­prise and com­munity action, envir­on­ment­al ambi­gu­ities over con­sump­tion, and the polit­ics of inclus­iv­ity and phil­an­throp­ic work, skate­board­ing inter­venes and medi­ates con­tem­por­ary issues of our times. Show­cas­ing mix media, film and pan­el dis­cus­sion, this par­ti­cip­at­ory ses­sion exam­ines how skate­boarders engage with the mater­i­al­ity and sym­bol­ism of grey spaces in skate­board­ing. We open to the floor con­tri­bu­tions from the audi­ence work­shop­ping how skate­boarders not only medi­ate grey space, but also grey times.