2018 - 2019
Anónima (design), Distrito Industrial (construction), SK8scapes (supervision)
Ucanskate, Monkey Skateboards, Beat, Benzaa, Lúdica, Mujeres en Patineta, Fernando Aguinaco, Ximena Rios-Zertuche, Adlai, F*ck La Migra, Laboratorio para la Ciudad
Hesner Sánchez, T.H.O.T.H, Mike Maese
Check out all of the events hosted in Skatelab here
Museo Tamayo (Mexico City, Mexico)
Taller Tamayo, Fundación Olga y Rufino Tamayo, Central de Muros, ArtCenter College of Design
Skatelab (Laboratorio de skate) was a project that temporarily appropriated an unused pavillion in the back of Museo Tamayo, a contemporary art museum located in Mexico City, creating a space dedicated to exploring the contemporary culture of skateboarding in Mexico City. It was a design research project launched under a design residency in the museum, and explored questions around skateboarding, hierarchy and agency.
Working closely with local skateboarders as well as architects and designers, the project developed interventions, performances and public programs to create new models of social participation within existing systems of power. The goal was two-fold:
(1) Investigate how large scale urban design initiatives such as the construction of government-funded skateparks, which create scripted and programmed play spaces, effectively deprive skaters of their ability to exercise their spatial and creative agency in public spaces (the streets, the sidewalk, plazas, parks and unused, abandoned and/or forgotten spaces).
(2) Use design to realign hierarchy and agency in spaces of institutional power and create avenues for non-institutional actors to enter.
Skatelab was designed to be adapted towards experimentation, expansion and appropriation, and the space was equipped with only a few permanent elements while the rest consisted of temporary objects and things that could be appropriated for skating. Primarily interested in highlighting the role of skateboarders as valuable design collaborators, the work continuously cast a critical gaze towards existing models of participatory design practices and eagerly developed programs that positioned skateboarders as movement producers, creative directors, unique storytellers and experienced cultural instigators.
The museum produced rules, policies, and signages in reaction to skateboarding entering an institutional space.
Skatelab is grateful to all of the skaters, the artists, and the many photographers and videographers who have documented this experience; Hesner Sánchez, Martín Núñez, Erik Carranza and Oyuki Matsumoto who served as mentors; Caleb Gutiérrez who supported the crucial maintenance of the ramps; and the strong support from the education department of Museo Tamayo including Manuel Alcalá, Brenda Garcia and Eva Cardenas to name a few.
See the full range of collaborative events produced through Skatelab here.
Plans: Anónima / Photos: Reina Imagawa, Hesner Sánchez, Ernesto Rosas, Miguel Rojas Rea, and Baruch Berrera / Sketches + flyers: Reina Imagawa + collaborators for flyers for Mercado Skate, Best Spot + Truco, Mujeres en Patineta