Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Skateboarding: Radical and Romantic Physical Use of Urban Architecture

Title:
Skateboarding: Radical and Romantic Physical Use of Urban Architecture
Author:
Åsa Bäckström: Stockholm Institute of Education, Sweden
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
017
Pages:
151-158
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Skateboarding in an urban environment has been analysed as a creative activity where opposition to meaningless architecture is expressed. The ac¬tivity becomes a symbolic challenge to the normal. To challenge the normal is also one of the most ostensible images that the skateboard media portrays. The media put forward the image of the radical skater and underground rebel who defies both order and the ordinary. Creativity takes the form of expression in movement; not only skateboarding as a physical activity but also as a movement through the city. Even if skaters stay in one place longer than other urban visitors; they move between different skating locations and therefore cover large areas. Skateboarding has a spatial and temporal aspect; but how challenging and “unusual” is this physical use of the architecture? And what conclusions can be drawn on the relation between physical activity and the architecture of the city?

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Åsa Bäckström
Title:
Skateboarding: Radical and Romantic Physical Use of Urban Architecture
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Åsa Bäckström
Title:
Skateboarding: Radical and Romantic Physical Use of Urban Architecture
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