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street zinema 2005: september 28 - october 02    This is the second edition. That means the first one was very successful. Is the festival rising?
First of all, we would like to underline the fact that both success and its interpretation have many levels and acceptations... therefore, the first edition of the festival –in spite of its low budget- was pioneer and a good start that we hope will turn into a long path that will help us learn and share. The truth is that we were really happy with the results of the last edition, above all when we see the positive and generous involvement of our collaborators which has encouraged us to contact this time projects and videographs from 3 different countries (South and North America, Africa and Europe.) We are happy to offer a trilogy of independent videos (that is, not used as a promotional tape of a manufacturing company of the sector) that show the scene of 3 occidental metropolis such as New York, Berlin and Madrid. Besides, we have a great quality video recorded by the feminine skaters group “Villa Villa Cola” and videos from “exotic” countries such as: Slovenia, Argentina and South Africa!.

Apart from the video projections, you also organize video workshops... is interactivity important in this kind of activities?
The truth is that we have been in contact with Ernest Lluch, the culture centre of Amara, with the idea of organizing some workshops about the auto-edition of the domestic video which nowadays offers semi-professional possibilities to everybody with a minimum access to the required technology (a digital video camera, wide-angle lens and a lap top). We selected this place due to its closeness to the skatepark of Anoeta. We had the intention to offer this to all the boys and girls from 13 to 20 that haunt this skating park. Institutions are conscious that many creative people escape them (who they cannot define as users of their service) due to the fact that the activity they carry out is so ephemeral... A good example of this is the first edition of graffiti Representa04 last summer: Although organizers were looking for the “artistic” spot of the movement (by painting exhibits and making a colourful mural in a public and degraded wall) and had the support of the mentioned culture centre, they couldn’t avoid the restriction of the repetitive major of the Bella Easo who has banned the continuity of this event.

In the program you also mention the project of a skating sculpture and we found the reflections on the street very interesting. Tell us something about this...
All this came out when we contacted Winstan Whitter from England last fall. He has made an interesting documentary about the history of skateboarding in the area around London (“Rollin’ trough the decades”). In his web page there was a link to the project “Moving Units” that consists of placing some skating sculptures (with an extreme similar to the traditional urban furniture) all around the English capital. Later there was a fabulous article in the Kingpin Skateboarding Europa that encouraged us to try to do the same. The project is still being developed because we are thinking about buying a granite module (those in which the pedestrian sits down) similar to those in the Kursaal avenue in Donostia or Uribitarte, close to the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Then we would place it in an undetermined public place in a camouflaged way so if a skater is going to be fined for skating over this, she or he can say that she/he was skating over a structure that is illegal. The transgressor Sevillian architect Santiago Cirugeda was very influential in this idea that wants to find little slots in the law and use them for the happiness of the anonymous citizens.

You also organized an activity in Arteleku that combined skating and art...
That’s right. The festival this year is due to begin the 28th in the morning in the conference hall in Arteleku. We will start with a press conference and some important guests: German Christian Roth of Hessenmob skateboards (his documentary about skate-art “Mobernist” will be shown the same day in the afternoon), Carlos Purillo from Bilbao, as a representative of the most international Basque company “Alai skateboards” and the Iraola brothers of Jart factory (a pioneer skateboard factory in Europe) from the frontier Irun. We pretend to create an ideal space for the guests so they answer to some questions related to the importance of video production in the skateboard world. There is a huge gulf in the cultural production in skateboarding and we chose to look into the history of this in relation to the videographic document... which offers many athletic, aesthetic and urban information and so, anthropologic. All of the sessions and video projections and completely free so we hope to see you all there!!!