Skateboarding might not seem like something you can study at university or write about in scholarly journals, but these three panelists have been doing just that for the last 30 years. This panel looks at the legacy and impact of their work from 1988 to 2018 and how skateboarding has changed and stayed the same from Ban This to Atlantic Drift.
Panel: Iain Borden, Becky Beal, Ocean Howell
Chair: Thom Callan-Riley, Stuart Maclure
Skate videos and photos are an integral part of skateboarding, but how do you capture the vibe of a session or the screech of a powerslide on an SF hill-bomb in writing? This panel explores the myriad of forms and styles that aim to express how skateboarding affects us and how skateboarders push against misrepresentation. How do you write lines about finding lines?
Panel: Paul O’Connor, Asa Backstrom, Gregory Snyder, Sander Hölsgens, Kyle Beachy, Dwayne Dixon, Tara Jepsen
Chair: Ted Barrow
Prof. Neftalie Williams and Karl Watson take a look at the historical contribution of people of colour within skateboarding and discuss their own experiences, reflecting on the notion of a shared identity both as a skateboarder and as a person of colour, and the role of skateboarding as a tool for cultural diplomacy.
Panel: Neftalie Williams in Conversation with Karl Watson
There has been a rise in voices advocating for the recognition and support of a broad gendered landscape in skateboarding in contrast to the white, hetero-masculine standard that has dominated it for decades.
This panel considers how a new wave of grassroots organisations, led by skaters, are opening up issues of social and identity politics and starting to run things differently.
Panel: Anthony Pappalardo [Author & Journalist], Marie Dabbadie [Xem Skaters zine], Dani Gallagher & Kirsty Tonner [Girl Skate UK], Oisin Tammas & Moch Simos [Skateism]
As skateboarders, architecture shapes our behaviour through urbanism and design. With the rising visibility of female skaters worldwide, an international group of both former and current professionals, alongside recreational skaters explore how skateboarding not only influences our agency over public spaces, but as women, how this unique lens can become a lifelong vehicle of empowerment.
Panel: Elissa Steamer, Louisa Menke, Jaime Reyes, Alexis Sablone, Lucy Adams, Maria Falbo
Chair: Jilleen Liao
From Peru to Palestine, Afghanistan to Athens, skate charities are harnessing the power of skateboarding to empower marginalised communities in new and innovative ways. Ten years ago, the concept of a ‘skate charity’ didn’t even exist. Today, this skater-led movement is thriving, but what’s next?
Panel: Oliver Percovich [Skateistan], Tobias Egelkamp [Skate Aid], Arne Hilerns [Make Life Skate Life], Charlie Davis [SkatePal]
Chair: Will Ascott & Ruby Mateja [Free Movement Skateboarding]
Skaters and the city have historically been at loggerheads over the defensive architecture and restrictions placed on public spaces, but things are changing. Skateboarders worldwide are beginning to win hard fought battles to protect iconic spots and construct the inclusive cities they desire. The question is: what do skaters want and need from the built environment?
Panel: Gustav Svanborg-Eden [Skate Malmo], Chris Lawton [Skate Nottingham], Alexis Sablone [Pro Skater], Daphne Greca [Brixton's Baddest Skateshop], David Knight [DK-CM Architects]
Chair: Ocean Howell, Stuart Maclure [Long Live Southbank]