FILM | Melbourne

Grid Image Session 2-01

My Playground

14th May 2014, 6:30pm

2010, Dir. Kaspar Astrup Schroder, 50 mins, various languages with English subtitles 

“My Playground” showcases the connection between buildings and the human body. It celebrates the phenomenon of Parkour or freerunning – a non-competitive sport where participants run along buildings, rooftops and landscapes attempting to negotiate obstacles using only their bodies.

Kaspar Astrup Schroder set out to more closely examine the way that traceurs interact with architecture – honing in on parkour and urban mobility in modern cities spaces via Team JiYo and the people that determine how the space is shaped within our cities.

Mainly set in Copenhagen, the film follows Team JiYo as they explore the city and encounter the obstacles it presents. Award winning architect Bjarke Ingles, founder of BIG Architects, is fascinated by the way Team JiYo conveys architecture and takes the team to his buildings, to explore and unfold their skills, which may be just as ground breaking as the architecture itself. Team JiYo dreams of making the biggest dedicated parkour park in the world, but isn’t parkour and freerunning supposed to be in the city and not in a fixed environment?

The film travels around the world from Denmark to Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and China to explore where urban mobility is heading.

Trailer HERE

Guest Speaker: Chris Sawyer, Landscape Architect 

Chris Sawyer is a director of Site Office, a landscape architectural consultancy specialising in public space design, and adjunct professor at the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT.  Site Office is widely recognised for their work in innovative public spaces that embrace the overlap and interaction of different uses and the spontaneous and unexpected interactions that result. Prominent award winning projects include the St Kilda Foreshore Promenade and Keast Park in Seaford.

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