By http://www.ideodiseno.com from 2008 to 2017
Sounds by M.A.L.A. https://soundcloud.com/malamusic
A Graphic Memory from Barcelona Skateboards
A research proposed under the criteria of the post industrial design project ldo.
The project “Ido” was born in 2002 with its main focus on investigating and experimenting in the fields of new functional and formal possibilities around waste materials. It concerns republishing, expansion and exploration of the life cycle of materials from reusing, repurposing and redesigning. It is also a reflection and critique of political, social and environmental factors that generate patterns of consumption and contemporary material culture.
Idea and research
It is not a secret that the city of Barcelona weighs strong on the collective imaginary. Currently It is estimated is visited by an average of 30 million people a year, as well as being ranked in the top five most visited cities in the world. Throughout the last twenty years it has also attracted the skate culture, to a point of becoming an urban and cultural reference for the sport in an international scenario.
The research “A Graphic Memory from Barcelona Skateboards” has been developed in the context of the contemporary art museum MACBA, specifically in La Plaça dels Àngels. The plaza is located in front of the museum in the pluricultural district of Raval, a symbolic heritage of the architecture of gentrification displayed after the Olympics of 1992. Over the years, the plaza began to be surrounded by relevant institutions, until it became one of the paramount icons of the city’s cultural offering, as well as one of the most renowned urban skate circuits.
This project addresses the collective memory of contemporary material culture, from an experimental process through the collection and classification of more than 550 skateboards used in this space between 2008 and 2017. In addition to the user tracking, its material value and its environmental impact (the skateboards are made of Canadian maple wood), the graphic memory also contributes a great value to the collection. It reflects the importance of graphic art in skateboard culture, its exponents and the possible reamplification of its language from a process of classification and visual registration.
These skateboards were recovered from their place of origin. Some of them are used and broken and others are in a perfect condition. All of the skateboards were donated by skaters or the RUFUS Skateshop. The many brands of the skateboards highlight the link between the production and marketing areas of the sport in several countries. The following list shows some of the recognized companies that have rolled in this mythical place in Barcelona:
AWS/ Alien Workshop x Keith Haring (USA)
Baker (California, USA)
Chapman (USA), Chocolate (USA)
Diamond Supply Co. (USA)
Heroin skateboards (UK)
Mystery, Semilla (Chile)
Plan B (USA)
Polar Skate Co. (Sweden)
Santa Cruz (USA)
Tomtit roundel (New Zealand)
Toy Machine (USA)
Western Edition (USA)