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"DILL" / Jonathan Rentschler / INTERVIEW

Jonathan Rentschler is another name that should ring familiar to most LIVE regulars as we've shared about his photography works and even interviewed him before - around the time of the release of his "LOVE" photo book on the last days of LOVE Park in Philly. Well, today, he's up to presenting a new zine: "DILL", focused on Jason Dill as its subject but not just any Dill, or the most publicized Dill for that matter: casual Dill, with an emphasis on documenting spontaneous moments in the man's natural environments.
 
The opportunity was to great to miss for Benjamin, who caught up with Jon in order to learn more, and spread the word!

Filharmonia Skateboarding / LEEF STORY / Krzysztof Poskrobko / INTERVIEW

As choke-full of odds as it essentially is, the world most often turns out to be an unfair place, especially when it comes to recognizing the labor of people who coincidentally weren't born into some "hot spot", regularly discouraging their efforts - if not their ambition. Consequently, for those, another way of channeling their drive is by refocusing on what really matters: the cultural transmission, and not just certain material means only best employed towards it realization, when it all comes down to it.
 
If Poland-based Krzysztof Poskrobko's brand Filharmonia officially announced its retirement just a few months back and was brought to our attention just a bit too late by his first name and filming session companion Krzysztof Godek (interviewed here - and the man has been dropping parts from the Repeat video "IF YOU DON'T SKATE, DON'T START" weekly on his YouTube channel as of late, here), sometimes also cruelly, pure skateboarding is timeless and to this day, the fact stands that the Filharmonia full-length productions "LEEF STORY" and its predecessor "LLUF SONG" are impeccable works.
 
Comparably to other independent productions such as Nikola Racan's "SOLSTICIJ" or the equally Polish Couch Raiders' "CONNECTIONS", they are the result of not just filming sessions but full-on thought processes and personal evolution of the author throughout a timespan of several years spent traveling the world and maturing, skateboard under the feet, camera in hand and a vision in mind.
 
Krzysztof's sharp eye for detail, good taste and cinematic atmosphere only perspires through those works as much as the strength of his motivation, so it was no surprise when after we first got in touch with him to be recounted his "LEEF STORY", the words we heard back turned out to be pretty heartfelt. Make sure not to miss "LLUF SONG", below!

EVENT / Roundabout Festival @ Nozbone / Sergej Vutuc / Richard Hart

Paris-based skateshop Nozbone is proud to invite you to an exclusive edition of Sergej Vutuc’s Roundabout festival, on location, this Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 PM.

Originally an initiative organized in Berlin since 2017 under a more classic, less itinerant skate festival form, its success (notably warranted by an always meticulously curated program) eventually drove Sergej to push the concept to evolve and as of recently, Roundabout now just pops up here and there at the pace of Sergej’s frequent trips and various stays all over the planet; marking just as many opportunities to catch up with the varied works of skate filmmakers, photographers and artists with a wide range of backgrounds, with an accent on the quality of the presentations - as to offer an alternative to the commonly rushed standards set by an industry founded on instantaneous consumption.

For this edition at Nozbone, Sergej - himself a longtime artist of multiple talents whose photo-, video-, paper- and sound-based productions are regularly exhibited all over the world - joined forces with U.K. born skate photographer Richard Hart - most notorious for his documentation of the U.S. scene (with a particularly remarkable eye on San Francisco) since the nineties and then his own print publication: Push Periodical, which he also utilizes to export his sharp vision across the oceans. Both creatives happen to share a common passion regarding the tangible; consequently, their works tend to revolve exclusively around the axis of analog, and the manipulation of physical matter - most commonly film of various types.

This specific, one-of-a-kind Roundabout meeting makes for an occasion to discover or rediscover the works of those passionate characters, as it will feature an exhibition of a selection of their photographic works - in addition to a Super 8 film projection meets live sound performance, courtesy of Sergej.

Also on that night’s program: the European premiere of « HELEN », the newest video offering from San Francisco’s most renowned independent skate brand of the modern times: Northern Co, handcrafted and orchestrated by Sony VX-1000 genius Zach Chamberlin; and a screening of the unpublished « TOLÓ II » video out of Hungary courtesy of the Rios Crew - essentially the hub of Budapest’s longtime skate activists, all duly involved in their scene, and strong of YouTube montages aplenty that only increasingly caught the attention of the rest of the world throughout the last decade.

One particularly interesting evening for which we await you - let’s reiterate - at Nozbone Skateshop in Paris this Tuesday, March 17th as soon as 7:00 PM!

 

Dino Coce / "Tabula Rasa" / PREMIERE / Raul Žgomba / INTERVIEW

A handful of years after Nikola Racan's "SOLSTICIJ" and a couple since Simple Skateboards' "BROTHERS", it is the turn of Raul Žgomba's "TABULA RASA" to emerge as one more remarkable independent full-length video production out of fertile Croatia. Some weeks earlier, the homies over at Free Skate Mag already shared Antonio Peković's section; as of today, the full piece on DVD is available straight from the filmmaker itself here, comprising more skateboarding from Nino Jurlina, Filip Tenšek, Karlo GluhačićElvis ButkovićMark Pogačar NikolićMiloš AčanskiZvonimir Mikić and, last but not least, Dino Coce, whose part LIVE is showcasing to you today. Like most great projects, this one wasn't without raising many a question so naturally, we caught up with Raul and Dino to get as many as possible out of the way, y'know, just in case!

Unconcrete Architects

"UNCONCRETE ARCHITECTS" is the mixed media art project involving Parisian photographer Mathieu Claudon and painter Etienne Bouet; now, no need for a wordy introduction as what LIVE is presenting today essentially is one in video form already - we're talking a fifteen-minute documentary piece by Lucas Bidard on the duo's work. One that consists in the reinterpretation of the perspectives inherent to the architectural landscapes Mathieu's skate photos comprise, via Etienne's subsequent addition of flat tints, lines and various color codes as to recontextualize the skateboarder within a more abstract dimension - one closer to suggestion, and turning the redefined spaces into just as much room for the viewer's imagination. But enough said and now, get ready to dive into some interview excerpts, as well as a demonstration of the whole process...

After shows in Paris, Tenerife, Portland and N.Y.C. amongst others, "UNCONCRETE ARCHITECTS" is now exhibiting in Berlin, has been since February 20th and will be till March 20th. One more thing to keep in mind, if around!

Barcelona mi Amor

It appears to be "TRANSFERS" season in Barcelona as decided and entitled by Mr. Amor; we're not exactly talking the local soccer boss there, but his Alex-prefaced homologue, the one whose actions are supported by the terrain work of VX-1000 and overall fine taste defender Marcos Lozano Cantillo (whose productions LIVE hasn't been without showcasing before). Without being extravagant about it, on the field, Alex sports the colors of Adidas and Element, partnerships he's acquired over the course of a career founded on sheer street practice - sometimes in rough conditions, sometimes on Spanish or Chinese, marble-smooth grounds - a title he's displaying the merits of right here, under the form of this new clip filmed over the past year-and-a-half, sharply curated and meticulously cured by his aforementioned technical assistant and also by Axel Serrat, who issued a corresponding zine as his press report (rare, sought-after items only available straight from the manufacturers and collectors). Alex Amor's game is deep, with fluid technique and heat only sublimed by the effervescent rumble of the stadium.

Roots Skateshop set up a big screen broadcast of the game last month already - in the meantime, there is no doubt that Sants' most wanted crew has been working on more, so stay tuned!

Soy, Chuck, Laurent & Marvin

Tigre d'Eau Douce is the music project of Paris-based saxophonist Laurent Bardainne, whose virtuous yet elegant flow isn't without reminiscent of Soy Panday's on a skateboard; maybe it's not much of a coincidence, then, if said Soy just so happens to be the illustrator of the band's record cover artwork. From that point on, it was only the next logical step for him to break through one more dimension, and find himself wandering through the streets of the French capital - on wheels and footage - alongside Antoine "Chuck" Jouguet for Julien Ducas's lens, and the official video clip for the band's newest release: "Marvin"! A feat accomplished with taste on all possible ends, for optimized delight to your senses before the first push of the day.

For more recent footage of Soy, Chuck and Magenta representatives in the more traditional VX-1000 format, may LIVE send you back to Max Guyot's recent "Brotherhood", while more things are cooking!

Against Le Corbu

At this point, introducing you yet again to Murilo Romão of Flanantes productions would almost qualify as insulting; an offense that still would not strike as deep as Le Corbusier's approach to architecture and urban planning, notably based on the division and structuring of public space according to the singular, primarily intended utilisation of each element of its design - basically summing up, and stripping down the city to nothing but its most basic, uttermost practical functions with no space reserved for the wandering of the soul and other vagrancies - both of the spiritual and physical type, whether or not on wheels. Highlighting the dangers of such a vision, most notably the breach it creates between individuals and a certain innate right of theirs to freely enjoy their direct environment, Murilo hits back with "Against Le Corbu", a sixteen-minute audiovisual trip to Brasilia, a location intended as "the city of the future" as soon as its construction in the sixties following in the footprints of Le Corbusier's bleak utopia, only in order to take over its spots with one fine crew of gentlemen (including LIVE regular Cotinz) as accomplices.

As far as the spots themselves, well... Let's say that just rolling up to most of them already makes one ponder all the possible parallels between skating and taming some kind of wild beast.

Also featured: a sweet photo gallery courtesy of Renato Zokreta.

Yesterday's youth

As to set the record straight in modern times witnessing an explosion of coverage of the Milan skate scene (we'll be sending you back to, amongst other options, Patrick Frunzio's videos), longtime local crew Chef Family - here led by René Olivo - just unveiled the latest Spaghettochild production: "Youth Of Yesterday" is an award-winning documentary on Gianluca Mariani, resident O.G., creative pioneer and director of the aforementioned institution of a small brand since 1989, forever a skater with his fair share of roots digging deep into punk culture.

The resulting film consists in twenty-six magnificiently-edited minutes (René being a professional editor in his spare time off the board) of pure information and street skating - all eras included, both of which should hit at least a few right notes in most every dedicated skateboarder. So, please enjoy this batch of footage of the Milan youth of both today and yesterday, all gathered by a common passion every and each of them reinterpeted their own way, punctuating the local skate history with just as many different styles and stuffed into quite the humorous calzone. Thirty years of meticulously documented and assembled adventures dipped in olive oil, with a message in the back - somewhere.

Vid(éO) Days!

(éO) is the video that was handicrafted by the locals of the defunct spot of Bercy, Paris - a very frequented one two decades ago, which might just sound equivalent to the times of the invention of writing nowadays. David Luraschi was the main culprit alongside, most notably, graphic designer Nicolas Malinowsky (a character one can learn more about via his interview on French skate podcast Big Spinhere) and really, what they ended up writing there just so happened to make for a page of skateboarding's history, on the sole basis of the initiative of a homie video - no pretention, no ambition, just sessions and motivation.

The full-length video came out back in 2001, 2002 and as the web you're most likely surfing right now wasn't popular yet (we had just invented the wheel and the Mini-DV tape, remember), the odds of a non-Parisian managing to get their hands on the limited edition VHS tape weren't looking too good. Which means, it is most of humanity that - till this day - had been missing out on a crazy amount of footage from not just the Bercy locs but also the original Cliché team riders, a bunch of Lordz affiliates and other various Toulouse heads: a young Lucas Puig who had barely hatched his way out of the Teenage Tour egg, Thibaud Fradin, Vincent Bressol, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Fabien Martin, Guillaume Dauriac, Xavier Orsola, Mathieu Levaslot, Paul Allard, Luy-Pa Sin, Bertrand Soubrier...

A whole generation's France skate clique represents in there, and not just them either as some filming trips were taken, plus Nilton Neves earns himself a whole part (and recollections of a funny nickname). Make sure to stick around after the credits have rolled, too, or you'll miss the cherry atop the cake: the notorious "secret Bastien Salabanzi part", then barely sixteen-year-tall and already on a path of destruction and discovery that traverses Dortmund, Hyères and Bercy - eh, oh...

Gonz & friends

Thrasher is launching a new web video series dubbed "Abnormal Communication", focused on street skateboarding pioneer Mark Gonzales who, for this first episode, is all over the place skating with his friends (well his Adidas team mates, at least...), all the while reassuring you about the Olympics being a false problem as well as your own sanity, if you ever fancied painting on your clothes. The man just won't age, and Heitor Da Silva continues his attention to the top.

Shinpei Ueno x Daidō Moriyama

A new audiovisual gem from Japanese genius Shinpei Ueno, most renowned as the head of Tightbooth (the collective responsible for the video series, "Lenz"; the third of which is on the way, and may we recommend to the more curious of you to try and get their hands on the rare "Dialogue Between Insiders"), and as an Evisen rider. For those of you who haven't kept up - Evisen is Katsumi Minami's board company - the man behind the excellent independent full-length video "Night Prowler" about a decade back - clearly a must see, if only for Deshi's and Rich Adler's equally mindblowing, respective sections...

Anyway, Shinpei seems to be rolling and has been up to collaborating with world famous Japanese photographer Daidō MoriyamaWe were in the know about the Evisen board series, but unaware of the following installation! Which took place at Qucon Tokyo, Shinpei's new skate, shop and gallery space it seems like, and consisted in photo print-scented transition sessions, literally moving negative film projections and brillant skate performance by some of the local modern style icons as a means of live human interaction. Oh, and Moriyama's interpretation of our absurd little urban stunt boarding thing has to be worth one's time as well!

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