In a world where opportunities are limited, and computers are an easy filler for time, teenagers are using the concrete environment to push their artforms forward. Where previously a paintbrush or charcoal were the tools of the day – so too are today's skateboards, bikes and un-accompanied human body. And to me, those at the top of this urban sport are every bit the artist as the dancers, painters and peformers of those before them.

…modernity brings suspicion. Many people – including you I bet – have sneered on occasions about teenagers on skateboards, bikes, and even those with no tools at all; ‘tearing up’ the urban environment around those who go about their daily sedately lives. But look again…

Opening minds has been on my mind all this week. For reasons both newsworthy and cultural in their origin. In reference to the latter I’ve just watched Channel 4’s ‘Concrete Circus’ – a unique film of what I see as a legitimate and modern art form; Freesport (final videos below).

A primary outlet for this art is Youtube, which has given rise to both independent filmmakers’ talent, and underground sports, who previously only had sitting rooms of spectators, now find themselves with global stadiums of new fans. Yesterday’s theatres, canvases or auditoriums are now online.

This contemporary documentary charted four of the worlds’ most talented new Freesport athletes and new filmmakers, showman in themselves, and director Mike Christie helped create this new 73-minute collection charting the lead-up to four pioneering new short films about this modern art form – urban sport.

Yet modernity brings suspicion. Many people – including you I bet – have sneered on occasions about teenagers on skateboards, bikes, and even those with no tools at all; ‘tearing up’ the urban environment around those who go about their daily sedately lives. But look again. In a world where opportunities are limited, where machines are an easy filler for time, and when media would have you believe that every child is wasted and fat – their peers are using this seemingly constrictive concrete environment that THEIR predecessors put there, to push these new sport-based art forms forward, and using an equally new medium costing very little at all – the internet.

 To me, those at the top of this urban sport are every bit the artist as the dancers, painters and performers of those before them.

But whilst the technology and medium has moved on – art has always been about expression – and where previously a paintbrush or charcoal were the tools – today’s a skateboard, bike and even  an un-accompanied human body do the same job. And equally to me, those at the top of this urban sport are every bit the artist as the dancers, painters and performers of those before them.

Art and sport create beauty and push human’s perceived limitations, and combined with the internet, as the show’s narrator summarised: “nothing stays impossible for long”.

These films are superb, but to be inspired, track down the show from Channel 4 (not yet available on 4OD).

Danny Macaskill – Industrial Revolutions

Storm Origins – Concrete Circus Freerun Film

Kilian Martin: a Skate Illustration

Keelan Phillips BMX Release

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