A NEW ONLINE CINEMA EXCLUSIVELY STREAMING CUTTING EDGE FILM ABOUT PARKOUR , ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS SPORTS IN THE WORLD, ARCHITECTURE AND THE FUTURE OF URBAN SPACE
Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s Film, My Playground, Showcases The Connection Between Buildings and the Human Body
Objective Cinema, an online cinema streaming rare and socially conscious documentaries, is currently featuring Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s Film, My Playground for the month of March. The documentary explores the way Parkour and Free Running, the most dangerous sports in the world, are changing the perception of urban space.
Parkour is a noncompetitive sport where participants run along buildings, rooftops and landscapes attempting to negotiate obstacles using only their bodies. My Playground centers on Team Jiyo, a Danish Parkour group, as they explore cities around the world from China to Japan , the US and Denmark and encounter the obstacles they present.
It started in France in the 1990’s and has evolved to the whole world, I’ve seen videos from India to Africa to New Zealand; people are doing it every where and it is really growing. Especially in Denmark it is the fastest growing sport among young people.
The film additionally looks at how acclaimed award-winning Danish architect, Bjarke Ingels became such an integral part of the film addressing the question of the future of urban space design.
My Playground is a film of course about Parkour, but is also very much about how public life and architecture are intricately linked. Life in the city is always evolving and it is our job as architects to make sure that our opportunities for expression aren’t limited, and that our cities match the life we want to live.
Ingels’ involvement with the film and Parkour is a result of his fascination with Schröder’s initial footage. Claiming that he had never seen buildings from this perspective, he felt compelled to be part of the project.
After Bjarke came on board we began the discussion about preserving space, exploiting space, and you could show architecture in a film. It was a journey for everyone to make a film not only on Parkour but also on architecture that didn’t feel like a traditional architecture film.
+ Click to the link to watch it online http://www.objectivecinema.net/showcase/2010/10/02/my-playground/.