Xplore playToon

Tyneside is one big playground and PlayToon 2012 is out to represent skaters, BMXers and free-runners over the weekend of 18th-19th May 2012.
Urban Games, Digital Deekies, 4-Sight, Northumbria Uni and Streetphire have hooked up with the Holy Biscuit Gallery in Shieldfield to organise the venue, exhibtion and action. We will be showing photography, video, cartoons and maps from local street sports scenes with ramps and space for live action. Maybe you are only starting out or have a stash of photos from back in the day: PlayToon is there to show off your world, roots and culture.
This blog will keep you posted on what we are up to, how to get involved and explore the place of street sports in the city.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

"the art of displacement"

The original French term for parkour, which translates into English with brilliant ambiguity. The whole spatial, physical movement of parkour, the ability to move through and in a city space; the phrase certainly captures that plus maybe a sense of difference and alternative. On the other hand it is pretty good summary of the attitude of many city centre managers to the presence of street sports; make them go away, not cluttering up the streets and getting in the way of customers and their cash. Displace the skaters, BMXers and free runners to somewhere out of site and out of mind. Here is another view of NEPK displacing the conventional view of a grade II listed building from polite heritage to living, lively space. Displacing, it seems, works in several ways.

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