Documenting Skateboarding History

13 May 2019

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The Bartlett School of Architecture

London, United Kingdom


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Join Professor Iain Borden, author of Skateboarding and the City: A Complete History for a relaxed panel discussion about the historical documentation of skateboarding.


Dan Adams (R.A.D. Archive), Jenna Selby (As If and What?, Days Like These, Scratch the Surface) and Winstan Whitter (Rollin’ Through the Decades, Rollin’ On) will join Iain, sharing their thoughts about the importance of historical documentation for skateboarding today and exploring how different accounts and archives can be constructed and communicated for different audiences. 

Skateboarding is over 60 years old, and has been through many stages of riding style, locations, attitudes and geographies. Today, skateboarding is a diverse worldwide phenomenon involving multiple riders, terrains and cultures. While counter-cultural street-skateboarding remains an essential element, skateparks are being built all over the world and for the first time skateboarding will feature in the Olympics in Tokyo, 2020.


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