Shortly after unveiling a series of merch with QUCON, the Tokyo-based skateboarding facility, famed Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama has returned with yet another collaborative project – glossing the floors of QUCON with his signature black and white photographs. The result is a unique blend of a vivid art installation and a smooth skate facility.
The installation comes with a highly charged skate video directed by a TIGHTBOOTH‘s Shinpei Ueno, alongside a short interview with Moriyama. The video kicks off with the artist explaining how he views photography as something that’s “ultimately just documentation,” followed by how “documentation is the concept of copying, making copies of the world in a sense… Making copies of time… Making copies of people. But “photography is not about meaning,” he explains, “You know, just like what Bruce Lee once said – Don’t think. Feel.”
After this, the video is taken to the tiny parameters of QUCON’s indoor storefront where Shinpei and a crew of skaters tightly perform a bevy of tricks, from sharp grinds to high wallrides. Graphic vignettes of Moriyama’s imagery flash occasionally throughout the video, accompanied by an amped up electro beat tinged in sounds of Japanese shamisens. Towards the end, the skaters move to QUCON’s larger outdoor area, skating over a series of projections of Moriyama’s visceral photographs. Finishing off the video, the end credits are backed by recordings of Moriyama’s earlier comments where he emphasizes, “what’s borrowed from the streets should be given back to the streets.”
Scroll above for a look at Daido Moriyama and QUCON’s collaborative installation in the skate video directed by Shinpei Ueno.