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Raphaël Zarka - Une journée sans vague: Chronologie lacunaire du skateboard. 1779-2009 / On a day with no waves: A Chronicle of Skateboarding 1779-2009

Raphaël Zarka - Une journée sans vague: Chronologie lacunaire du skateboard. 1779-2009 / On a day with no waves: A Chronicle of Skateboarding 1779-2009

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Pour un artiste comme Raphaël Zarka, le skate est avant tout une affaire de formes. Formes du repos, formes du mouvement, elles parcourent sourdement l’histoire de l’art et des sciences, de Galilée à Robert Morris. L’architecture urbaine, mais aussi les modules des skateparks, leur font étrangement écho. Quant à la pratique du skateboard, comme le montre La Conjonction interdite (2003), elle revient toujours à opérer une espèce de « montage » parmi la diversité de matières et de formes offertes par la ville, en dynamisant ou en déstabilisant les structures conçues pour le repos et le confort, au point d’en inverser les fonctions et le sens.  

Les essais de Raphaël Zarka participent ainsi d’une espèce d’archéologie fantastique ; ils prolongent à leur manière son travail de sculpture et de photographie. La chronologie « lacunaire » présentée dans Une journée sans vague offre une lecture sobre, et même laconique – bien qu’extrêmement informée –, d’une histoire qui a été généralement traitée sur le mode hagiographique par des skateurs de la première heure, « anciens combattants » reconvertis au journalisme ou à la sociologie. Elle rend d’autant plus sensibles les lignes de force qui traversent la pratique du skate et la rattachent à tout un pan de la réflexion contemporaine sur la transmigration des formes et des usages. - Élie During

Parution : mai 2022
Designer : deValence
Format 130 x 208mm pages
Pages : 128 p.
ISBN : 9782490077687

Cet ouvrage est une nouvelle édition augmentée de la "Chronologie lacunaire du skateboard. 1779-2005", parue en 2006.

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For an artist like Raphaël Zarka, skateboarding is above all a question of forms – forms of rest, forms of movement – they subtly extend throughout the entire history of art and science, from Galileo to Robert Morris. Both urban architecture, but also skatepark obstacles, strangely echo those forms. The practice of skateboarding itself, as demonstrated by The Forbidden Conjunction (written by the author in 2003), always seems to create a kind of “montage” of the diverse materials and forms of the city, energizing and destabilizing structures conceived for rest and comfort, to the point of inverting their function and meaning.

Raphaël Zarka’s essays thus participate in a kind of fantastic archeology; in their way, they expand his sculptural and photographic practice. The chronology presented in On A Day With No Waves, takes a sober, even laconic – although extremely well informed – approach to a history that has otherwise generally been treated in a hagiographic mode by former, first wave skaters themselves, “old combatants” who have since converted to journalism or to sociology. On A Day With No Waves makes all the more apparent the various lines that traverse skateboarding, and links it to a whole aspect of contemporary thought on the transmigration of forms and their uses. - Elie During

This is an updated edition of On a Day With No Waves – 1779-2006, published in 2006.
Translated from the French by Chris Sharp.

Published in January 2011
Language: English
Designer: deValence
Size: 130 x 208mm
Pages: 152 p.
ISBN: 9782917855195

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