The Bartlett School of Architecture


Documenting Skateboarding History – with Iain Borden

13 May 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

From Skateboarding and the City: A Complete History by Iain Borden. Bloomsbury.

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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, chaired by artist, writer and skateboarder Sam Griffin.

Sam has designed skateable sculptures for London's Southbank, contributed to Grey, Dank and These Video Days, and edited the English edition of On a Day with No Waves (2010). Sam is currently working with UCL to create skateable objects within the new UCL East campus. 

Panel members 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 and Sam, 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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Image: from Skateboarding and the City: A Complete History, by Iain Borden. Published by Bloomsbury.