Archive for November, 2013

A Blueprint for Change: Cracking the code of Archigram

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Our spokesman is out of action at the moment, having exhausted himself editing this film no doubt. But he did have time to leave us this little formula for inspiration he’s come up with in the process of making it. Try it out and see what you feel like doing with your time afterwards….

Watch the film and think about this:

CULTURE v CAPITALISM

  • Replace the V with a pillar and think about the pillar. Then think about what that pillar has come to symbolise  to skateboarders (and by extension free-thinkers).
  • Then watch your favourite skateboard film that inspired you when you were young.
  • Then imagine if you could explain the feeling you got from it to the world just by telling them to go to SB.
  • Then watch your favourite non skate film from the 80’s / 90’s looking at the messages and imagery in the film.
  • Then imagine if everyone in the world knew about southbank and the feeling it represents to the point were it doesn’t need to exist – because it has allowed society to be free. – Meaning: skaters don’t need their mecca because it has finally effected the whole world around it and fills the missing link between logic and nature to create a new symbol which is the pillar, which represents the value of culture.
  • The answer is in the archives of British skateboarding.

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LLSB November Update

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We’ve looked at the latest Southbank Centre PR output of a new Festival Wing website and graphic. It’s great that the SBC have increased their commitment to community-based spaces and activities – which is as a direct result of the Long Live Southbank campaign and the pressure we have applied over the past few months. You may know that SBC admitted to LLSB they failed in their consultation process (then subsequently took that admission down from their website).

However, the Southbank Center still have a very long way to go if they are truly genuine about listening to the voice of the people and local and wider communities.

Did you know the more ‘marginalised’ and ‘youth’ elements you add to a proposal the more you tick funders boxes? We’ve been learning about this with great interest.

Southbank (Undercroft) has existed for 40 years without any need for monetization. Oh, when we say this the SBC state that they have to provide ‘lighting’ and ‘security’ so be careful if you use the walkways as a thoroughfare or sit on a bench as you just cost them money.

Thanks to you all for your continued support and for sharing the word. Keep watching and we’ll keep informing. For now, if you haven’t already, check out this original short film we produced with respected poet Zena Edwards to celebrate the Southbank (Undercroft) community and shine a light on the cultural hierarchy found in institutions…