22/05/2013 | by Arthur Derrien
NYC|C is a public art initiative dedicated to the global influence of New York City’s skateboard culture to be held in Cologne, Germany from September 21st until October 18th, 2012.
The monthlong festival will include photo exhibitions, a lecture series, movie screenings and a participatory skateboard happening all free and open to the public.
NYC|C is a part of the Plan12 Architecture Biennale in Cologne for which artist Alexander Basile and Oliver Tielsch are turning ten billboards throughout the city into art-locations within the public space. The billboards will showcase works by photographers Todd Jordan, Jonathan Mehring, Mike O’Meally, Giovanni Reda, Gerhard Stochl and Charlie Samuels, depicting New York City’s skateboarding scene in its architectural surroundings between 1989 and 2010.
The focal point of NYC|C is Basile’s gallery SSZ SUED which will premier the exhibition “Around A Town (eine Nacherzählung)” by Johannes Wohnseifer. This selection of photographs depicts Backworlds/Forwords, a performance project conceived by Wohnseifer in collaboration with artist and skateboarder Mark Gonzales at the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, Germany in 1998.
As part of the exhibition, a lecture series by urban planners and researchers will the held in combination with screenings of films by RB Umali, Larry Clark, Pontus Alv and others.
Naturally, some actual skateboarding will take place as well. On September 23, Basile and Tielsch are inviting the public to a special New York City-themed version of Cologne’s annual skateboarding race at KAP686 skateplaza.