The Next 25: The Creative Vision of Pierre-André Senizergues
2011 marks etnies’ 25th anniversary. Rather than dwelling on the past, embracing the future is our way of celebrating the 25 year milestone, and Pierre-André Senizergues, former pro skateboarder and owner of French-born etnies, hand-picked three creative minds from the brand’s history and asked them to conceptualize what skateboarding will be like in the NEXT 25 years. The artists are Gil Le Bon Delapointe, Yogi Proctor and Mike Manzoori. They created compelling concepts that demonstrate what living, moving and thinking; all as they relate to skateboarding, could be like in the future.
The artists’ creations are debuting this summer at La Gaîté Lyrique Public Domaine Skateboard culture exhibition from June 18 to August 7, in Paris, the city where etnies began.
The La Gaîté Lyrique building itself is a historic landmark worth celebrating. Originally built in 1862 as a venue for theater productions and operettas, the building was recently renovated to be a digitally advanced cultural center full of performance and exhibition spaces.
The Public Domaine Skateboard culture exhibition freely expresses skateboarding through all of La Gaîté Lyrique's spaces by way of the various artistic outlets that skateboarding inspires—music, graphics, cinema, photography, fashion and video games ‑ to name a few.
Living_ The PAS House_ Gil Le Bon Delapointe_
Imagine a city of the future where skateboards are used as the primary form of transportation and recreation – in and out of your home. A utopia city for skateboarders would mean that a skateable path, like a ribbon connecting everything together, links each building in an unending ability to keep in motion on your board. The PAS House takes this concept and brings it to life through an architectural project mixing a modern single family home with a skateboard ramp structure – all from an environmentally-driven perspective.
A full-scale, 753.5 square foot version of this original idea and vision created by Pierre-Andre Senizergues and designed by artist, Gil Le Bon Delapointe will be on display for people to experience. Inside the house will be a sofa, bed, furniture from the Skate Study House collection and even kitchen appliances – everything in the house will be skateable. A miniature model of the 2,200-square foot version of the complete house will be on display on the dining room table. The PAS House is a glimpse into the future that shows what the NEXT 25 years may look like when combining the powerful influence of skateboarding on a dwelling place.
As a tribute to the digital and music foundation of La Gaite, filmographer, Mike Manzoori will capture the etnies Pro Team of Kyle Leeper, Jose Rojo, Tyler Bledsoe and Willow skating in the house creating a unique digital footprint of what the future may be like.
The PAS House production will be supervised by Francois Perrin, an architect based in Los Angeles, California.
Moving_ Aimless_ Mike Manzoori_
As skateboarding continues to evolve and progress, it draws from the many influences that define and redefine its character; no one can predict what it will be like in the NEXT 25 years. With this momentum, the movement will not stagnate, the destination is uncertain so it’s irrelevant. The magic is in the journey and experience. Aimless celebrates this visually by capturing the feeling of pure exploration from a skateboarder’s perspective. Mike Manzoori is taking viewers on a unique digital film experience, designed specifically for La Gaite’s enormous panoramic screen.
Thinking_ Sade Coy_ Yogi Proctor_
Skateboarders see the world differently, from multiple points of view and creatively think of ways to ride everyday obstacles in the city. This sets up the world like a decoy, so to speak, and alters the very fabric of the world around us. From this viewpoint the NEXT 25 years offers to be an era of intriguing interactions with the world of art and progressive thinking. Artist Yogi Proctor offers three works throughout the exhibit – Canon, Rip and The Baguette Board. Additionally the audience is introduced to Sade Coy, a muse of artist Yogi Proctor that shows up at La Gaîté Lyrique Public Domaine giving the chance to interact in numerous ways as an artist, a curator, a concept and as a work of art. The secret is in the eye of the beholder and can be unlocked only through a personal interpretation of what one sees.
Presented by La Gaîté lyrique
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