More extreme urban sports, skateboardable signage c/o Christof Damian
There are different Urban Hacks that evolve around the topic “normalization of behaviour through urban infrastructure”. A really subtle one is Parcours, a technique of adaptation, transformation and reversal of urban regulations. Just like the Situationist concept of “dérive” (drifting), Parcours opens the space for a multiplicity of individual and permanently convertible type of usage and movement. The Traceurs neglect the prescribed purpose of usage of urban elements and use them for their own benefits (which is usually sports). Walls become a walkable surface, barriers are transformed into take-off boards, inaccessible places such as rooftops become passageways, …
Net by design collective Numen consists of multiple layers of flexible nets suspended in the air. The flat layers of the net are subsequently connected to one another on counterpoints thus forming a “floating landscape” open for visitors to climb in and explore. The result is an op-art social sculpture (or a community hammock) relating to topics of instability, levitation and regression.
Walk on the roofs Stockholm is now possible. In groups and accompanied by guides dressed like mountain climbers, discover the center of Stockholm from above.
Swing is a project made by Kamila Szejnochwas, installed in 2008 on the Berling Army Soldier Monument in Warsaw, Poland. The project Carousel Slide Swing aims to pursue a dialog with memorials that served as communist propaganda. Although such memorials have been consigned to the historical scrap heap, we can still meet them in the streets and parks. To suggest a change in the function of the monuments is an attempt to build a bridge between the present and the past, to add a contemporary layer distinct from their original style and function. For example the idea of Swing is based on a contrast between the monumental bronze Berling Army Soldier and a tiny individual swung by a big hand of history.
When you are walking in Tampa Bay (USA), you may come across with colorful swings, hung on trees, random structures and even inside a pedestrian overpass. It’s a project by Swings Tampa Bay, a spontaneous community building organization, that uses swings as tools to spark curiosity, refresh the ordinary perception of the landscape and encourage immediate interaction.