When I was a preteen in the late 80’s I felt strongly attracted to surfing, so I asked my parents to drive me to the first international surf contest organized by local brand Pukas in Zarautz, a town nearby my city… I was already bodyboarding in a local beach and had a plastic skate, so when […]Read More Surfing is the spiritual, aesthetic style of the liberated self.
Some months ago I posted in this blog an abstract with my proposal, which develops around embodied cognition and skateboarding, for this year’s Pushing Boarders event in Sweden… The organizers were looking for academic research in the fields of architecture and sociology related to different aspects of skateboarding, so I thought that a mix of cognitive […]Read More Skateboarding as an Aesthetic Experience.
Different scientific evidences suggest that separate but interconnected parts of our brain assume specific functions in building an internal map of space which helps keep track of one’s position in the world. Spatial memories are formed after an animal gathers and processes sensory information about its surroundings especially by the way of vision and proprioception. […]Read More The map is in our heads… and bodies!
Some time ago I wrote in this blog how almost a decade ago I presented my M.Phil thesis at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of San Sebastian about the relationship between skateboarding in the streets and urban development. At that time little academic literature about this research field could be found, but now thankfully […]Read More The city as a canvas.
The practice of skateboarding helps rethink the environment of the user through the opportunities found in the urban context, which in consequence helps redefine his/her life. As philosopher Daniel Dennet writes in his last book “From bacteria to Bach and back” our brains are control centers for dealing with the the affordances (opportunities and risks) of our […]Read More Embodied Cognition through Skateboarding.
Cities and urban spaces of our western metropolitan areas are fertile grounds for street skating unconsciously created by the excesses of industrialization and corporate capitalism. This new kind of dystopia turned in the 70s into a set of ideal playgrounds for a group of kids riding a piece of wood with four wheels. Following what feminist cinematographer […]Read More Hacking Public Space.
In 2010 I wrote my M.Phil thesis at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of San Sebastian about the relationship between skateboarding in the streets and the effects of this youthful activity in contemporary urban-development. Titled “Live Free or Die Trying: Skateboarding as an Urban Countercultural Tool” (available in spanish here), I tried to show […]Read More Embodied Cognition and Lifestyle Sports.