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viviankcheung:

High Line 3.0 - The Creative Container Presentation Part 2/3

viviankcheung:

High Line 3.0 - The Creative Container Presentation Part 3/3

Film Clips from 4/27/2010 in order of screening:
“True Stories" directed by David Byrne, 1986”Mon Oncle" directed by Jacques Tati, 1958
“2 or 3 things I know about her" directed by Jean Luc Goddard, 1967

Film Clips from 4/27/2010 in order of screening:

True Stories" directed by David Byrne, 1986

Mon Oncle" directed by Jacques Tati, 1958

2 or 3 things I know about her" directed by Jean Luc Goddard, 1967

Self-storage in America
Does the rise of the mini-storage in NYC mean that New Yorkers are becoming more American?

Self-storage in America

Does the rise of the mini-storage in NYC mean that New Yorkers are becoming more American?

L.Kim's Blog: We Want More Parkour!!!

Last Tuesday, muscles ached and bruises appeared but that didn’t stop people from enjoying parkour! Parkour has definitely changed my opinion of NYC. I found it fascinating how it started in the suburbs because the surburbs usually provoke the thought of strollers. Parkour makes New York City so much friendlier. The whole idea of the world being your playground is just so fun. When we first arrived at the park, I had no idea what to expect because the only impression of parkour I had was a clip about it that I saw on the tv show, The Office. I had a lot of difficultly jumping properly and distributing the force when my feet hit the ground and I found myself the other day running down the stairs and trying to make as little sound as possible.

Parkour brings together all sorts of different people but the people that do parkour share the same interest in training their body and mind. I thought that was so cool. As bizarre as it sounds, it’s like a very active way of being zen. Although other people who were watching our class didn’t actually take part in parkour, they were talking and 2 of them did clap when Philip jumped through one of the higher rails. Also, when one the other men who were watching us climb across the wall told us an easier way to hold the rail, it was really interesting that he knew that. Not to sound kind of cheesy but it really does bring people together. Parkour in New York City is very interactive. Whether it’s other viewers, or people who want to take part in it, or just people in passing asking about what it is that they’re doing. It’s funny because New Yorkers are stereotyped as these cold people who are always in a rush to do work but parkour opens up this new door. It opens the door to a community, that the city is obviously not known for.

Getting over it.. Parkour

This is daring for me to write about this but I think it will help me get over something personal going on in my life. I am going through something extremely hard right now that I have been dealing with for a while. Parkour actually helped me. The first exercise was so scary. I didn’t want to jump over the railing. I couldn’t. I went through it. I looked at this like I look at my personal life. I know I could jump that high over it but I just wasn’t ready for it. I didn’t want to except it that I could move through it. I am sure everyone reading this could figure out what I am going through but pretend you don’t. Pretend I am talking about the physical objects in Parkour. Going into it that day I wasn’t expecting it to tie in so well with what is going on with me right now but it did. It was fun and it made me realize that I can get past anything I put my mind too. It was like that the whole day. It took my mind off of everything for a little while but reminded me of it at the same time. I could have left and walked away from Parkour and my problems. I stayed but just watched most of the time. The thing is I was not ready to jump and I hope I am ready soon. I promised myself when I do get over what I am dealing with I will go back to that park and jump over the railing. I will not be scared, I will be ready to get over it.

Vivian Cheung: Parkour

Overall it was a fascinating workshop to conclude this class. The concept of “rethinking” a norm is one I apply to this class and also to the parkour. Parkour made me examine our daily actions when moving across an urban space. While this class made me reevaluate NYC. Initially prior to NYC: The Greatest Suburb On Earth, I would of never considered NYC as a suburb. It was 100% city to me. Now coming towards the end of the class, I’ve thoroughly revisited the notion of a city and a suburb in terms of NYC.

ripe frustrations: HARDCORE PARKOUR



Yep. That’s my leg. Wound number one. 
Not Pictured: 10 other scattered wounds. 
Overall result: SO MUCH FRIGGIN’ FUN. 
I had a blast. I don’t know why I thought we were doing tai-chi, but my overall mood for that day was very relaxed and then, BOOM. We began warming up. I never knew what Parkour was, and yes, I saw it in Madonna’s video, but I never considered the poetry behind the sport. It was very interesting for me just to see how much I trust myself to jump over a rail, or swing across the wall, relying only on my upper body strength. It showed me a lot then, and now as I write about this day. At the moment, I truly felt the need to defy the designated environment. I felt the need to disregard what the office of Parks and Recreation imagined me as a used of the Brooklyn Bridge Banks would do. Of course I cant flip and flop all over the place, but I felt the need to jump over instead of going around. Now, as I write this post and my scabby shins tingle, I realize how into it I was. I swear…no joke…I told everyone about it. The session gave me so much energy, I was exhilerated and wanted to share my experience with whoever I talked to. Why was I so excited? Afterall, I was the dumbdumb that got scratches and bruises all over his legs and arms, and I clearly was not the monket/ninja/Zhang Ziyi everyone that does Parkour is? I’ll tell you why I was excited. I believe it was the fact that I was defying rules. Defying the norm, without breaking it. It is this mild form of rebellion that caused so much angst and excitement in me. It is an innocent way to tell the man-imposed rules F-U. This reminded me of Caroline from Splinters and Logs ( another trippin’ experience). and how she “rebelled” against the subway. It was so pure and naive that it was “okay” to do so. Parkour gave me such a freeing experience, an experiece that I kept remembering as I still interacted with the city. In my monlty-payment gym, while climbing stairs, dodging people, Parkour was just such an honest way of dealing with the environment that I have never experienced before. It was refreshing, pure and hardcore. 
BOGO! 

Last Trip Brooklyn Bridge

I was really excited by visiting under the Brooklyn bridge because as a crazy Parsons student i have been almost 3years didn’t do any exercise :) (That is why i am getting so fat right now ). When Adriana talked about how they use the negative space of the Brooklyn bridge i can feel the same thing in my home country Taiwan ( We built  alot of bridge by solving the busy traffic problem). The different between here and Taiwan is that we keeping up the maintenance of the place. Since we staying here longer and longer. Lot of people started to pay attention about us. By having so much people looking what we’re doing. I knew most of them really wanna join us. It was excited by using body as a “tools” to do the exercise. But the sad thing is my body is getting to hard to swing by space to space. 

People = Community   No Matter Any Place Any Where.

the parkour burn

When I received the email about our parkour outing, I somehow misinterpreted it as an email saying that we were going to a Tai Chi outing at a place called Parkour in Brooklyn…Obviously, I just skimmed.  So, I was expecting this relaxing day of tai chi and peace.  Instead, I learned that Parkour was not a place but a thing, more specifically a physical activity or training  that was anything but relaxing.  I loved the idea of having Parkour for our class though.  I thought it was the most amusing thing to do for a class in New York City and just absurdly funny in my weird mind.  I couldn’t help but laugh throughout the time we were there because of how random and ridiculously great the whole experience was, which is everything that I love to do.  It was a beautiful day and a fun new experience.  Its also a great alternative to exercise as opposed to going for a jog because this seriously works your WHOLE BODY.  The next couple of days I was in the most pain I had ever been in.  I had to run up and down stairs and hoist myself out of chairs because my whole body hurt in places I didn’t even know it could if I moved too slowly.  I don’t know how I’d feel having my own little parkour session though…I’d probably be stuck dangling somewhere giggling hysterically at the thought of myself…hehehe

But I would definitely do it again

Something that I realized though was that all of these things we were doing were things that I did constantly as a child.  I was a monkey when I was little and would come home with scrapes and bruises and blisters everyday from falling and tumbling and doing different things.  My traditional Korean grandmother would make a face of disapproval and shake her head and make this sound I can’t describe at me everytime because I was always so dark and scarred and messy as a little kid.  Sadly though, when I was trying to do these movements that once came so naturally as a fearless child, I could no longer move freely without any self consciousness or fear like I used to.  My innate sensibility of movement and control and ability of my body was gone.  It was a very sad realization at how out of shape and physically pathetic I was.  I went from going surfing and hiking and soccer and taekwondo to nothing in college.  There are no waves or glorious mountains in this alternative “island” that I now dwell in so I guess what’s left are these railings and walls that I can try to conquer through Parkour…parkour…i love the office :)

From public space to urban playground

Parkour is a form of physical training that embodies the concepts of movement and utilizing everyday surroundings. It teaches participants to embrace their surroundings and to view obstacles within each setting as a potential pathway. During a Parkour session participants may run, jump, crawl, swing, and climb over, under, and around any structure within an urban space.  Parkour encourages fluidity and creativity in movement. 

Parkour Experience

The Parkour aka urban ninja experience was interesting which reminded me of my childhood memories. When I was very little even before the computer systems were widely published, I used spend my entire day running around with my friends. I was glad to share simliar experience on last Tuesday.

viviankcheung:

High Line 3.0 - The Creative Container Presentation Part 2/3

viviankcheung:

High Line 3.0 - The Creative Container Presentation Part 3/3

Film Clips from 4/27/2010 in order of screening:
“True Stories" directed by David Byrne, 1986”Mon Oncle" directed by Jacques Tati, 1958
“2 or 3 things I know about her" directed by Jean Luc Goddard, 1967

Film Clips from 4/27/2010 in order of screening:

True Stories" directed by David Byrne, 1986

Mon Oncle" directed by Jacques Tati, 1958

2 or 3 things I know about her" directed by Jean Luc Goddard, 1967

Self-storage in America
Does the rise of the mini-storage in NYC mean that New Yorkers are becoming more American?

Self-storage in America

Does the rise of the mini-storage in NYC mean that New Yorkers are becoming more American?

L.Kim's Blog: We Want More Parkour!!!

Last Tuesday, muscles ached and bruises appeared but that didn’t stop people from enjoying parkour! Parkour has definitely changed my opinion of NYC. I found it fascinating how it started in the suburbs because the surburbs usually provoke the thought of strollers. Parkour makes New York City so much friendlier. The whole idea of the world being your playground is just so fun. When we first arrived at the park, I had no idea what to expect because the only impression of parkour I had was a clip about it that I saw on the tv show, The Office. I had a lot of difficultly jumping properly and distributing the force when my feet hit the ground and I found myself the other day running down the stairs and trying to make as little sound as possible.

Parkour brings together all sorts of different people but the people that do parkour share the same interest in training their body and mind. I thought that was so cool. As bizarre as it sounds, it’s like a very active way of being zen. Although other people who were watching our class didn’t actually take part in parkour, they were talking and 2 of them did clap when Philip jumped through one of the higher rails. Also, when one the other men who were watching us climb across the wall told us an easier way to hold the rail, it was really interesting that he knew that. Not to sound kind of cheesy but it really does bring people together. Parkour in New York City is very interactive. Whether it’s other viewers, or people who want to take part in it, or just people in passing asking about what it is that they’re doing. It’s funny because New Yorkers are stereotyped as these cold people who are always in a rush to do work but parkour opens up this new door. It opens the door to a community, that the city is obviously not known for.

Getting over it.. Parkour

This is daring for me to write about this but I think it will help me get over something personal going on in my life. I am going through something extremely hard right now that I have been dealing with for a while. Parkour actually helped me. The first exercise was so scary. I didn’t want to jump over the railing. I couldn’t. I went through it. I looked at this like I look at my personal life. I know I could jump that high over it but I just wasn’t ready for it. I didn’t want to except it that I could move through it. I am sure everyone reading this could figure out what I am going through but pretend you don’t. Pretend I am talking about the physical objects in Parkour. Going into it that day I wasn’t expecting it to tie in so well with what is going on with me right now but it did. It was fun and it made me realize that I can get past anything I put my mind too. It was like that the whole day. It took my mind off of everything for a little while but reminded me of it at the same time. I could have left and walked away from Parkour and my problems. I stayed but just watched most of the time. The thing is I was not ready to jump and I hope I am ready soon. I promised myself when I do get over what I am dealing with I will go back to that park and jump over the railing. I will not be scared, I will be ready to get over it.

Vivian Cheung: Parkour

Overall it was a fascinating workshop to conclude this class. The concept of “rethinking” a norm is one I apply to this class and also to the parkour. Parkour made me examine our daily actions when moving across an urban space. While this class made me reevaluate NYC. Initially prior to NYC: The Greatest Suburb On Earth, I would of never considered NYC as a suburb. It was 100% city to me. Now coming towards the end of the class, I’ve thoroughly revisited the notion of a city and a suburb in terms of NYC.

ripe frustrations: HARDCORE PARKOUR



Yep. That’s my leg. Wound number one. 
Not Pictured: 10 other scattered wounds. 
Overall result: SO MUCH FRIGGIN’ FUN. 
I had a blast. I don’t know why I thought we were doing tai-chi, but my overall mood for that day was very relaxed and then, BOOM. We began warming up. I never knew what Parkour was, and yes, I saw it in Madonna’s video, but I never considered the poetry behind the sport. It was very interesting for me just to see how much I trust myself to jump over a rail, or swing across the wall, relying only on my upper body strength. It showed me a lot then, and now as I write about this day. At the moment, I truly felt the need to defy the designated environment. I felt the need to disregard what the office of Parks and Recreation imagined me as a used of the Brooklyn Bridge Banks would do. Of course I cant flip and flop all over the place, but I felt the need to jump over instead of going around. Now, as I write this post and my scabby shins tingle, I realize how into it I was. I swear…no joke…I told everyone about it. The session gave me so much energy, I was exhilerated and wanted to share my experience with whoever I talked to. Why was I so excited? Afterall, I was the dumbdumb that got scratches and bruises all over his legs and arms, and I clearly was not the monket/ninja/Zhang Ziyi everyone that does Parkour is? I’ll tell you why I was excited. I believe it was the fact that I was defying rules. Defying the norm, without breaking it. It is this mild form of rebellion that caused so much angst and excitement in me. It is an innocent way to tell the man-imposed rules F-U. This reminded me of Caroline from Splinters and Logs ( another trippin’ experience). and how she “rebelled” against the subway. It was so pure and naive that it was “okay” to do so. Parkour gave me such a freeing experience, an experiece that I kept remembering as I still interacted with the city. In my monlty-payment gym, while climbing stairs, dodging people, Parkour was just such an honest way of dealing with the environment that I have never experienced before. It was refreshing, pure and hardcore. 
BOGO! 

Last Trip Brooklyn Bridge

I was really excited by visiting under the Brooklyn bridge because as a crazy Parsons student i have been almost 3years didn’t do any exercise :) (That is why i am getting so fat right now ). When Adriana talked about how they use the negative space of the Brooklyn bridge i can feel the same thing in my home country Taiwan ( We built  alot of bridge by solving the busy traffic problem). The different between here and Taiwan is that we keeping up the maintenance of the place. Since we staying here longer and longer. Lot of people started to pay attention about us. By having so much people looking what we’re doing. I knew most of them really wanna join us. It was excited by using body as a “tools” to do the exercise. But the sad thing is my body is getting to hard to swing by space to space. 

People = Community   No Matter Any Place Any Where.

the parkour burn

When I received the email about our parkour outing, I somehow misinterpreted it as an email saying that we were going to a Tai Chi outing at a place called Parkour in Brooklyn…Obviously, I just skimmed.  So, I was expecting this relaxing day of tai chi and peace.  Instead, I learned that Parkour was not a place but a thing, more specifically a physical activity or training  that was anything but relaxing.  I loved the idea of having Parkour for our class though.  I thought it was the most amusing thing to do for a class in New York City and just absurdly funny in my weird mind.  I couldn’t help but laugh throughout the time we were there because of how random and ridiculously great the whole experience was, which is everything that I love to do.  It was a beautiful day and a fun new experience.  Its also a great alternative to exercise as opposed to going for a jog because this seriously works your WHOLE BODY.  The next couple of days I was in the most pain I had ever been in.  I had to run up and down stairs and hoist myself out of chairs because my whole body hurt in places I didn’t even know it could if I moved too slowly.  I don’t know how I’d feel having my own little parkour session though…I’d probably be stuck dangling somewhere giggling hysterically at the thought of myself…hehehe

But I would definitely do it again

Something that I realized though was that all of these things we were doing were things that I did constantly as a child.  I was a monkey when I was little and would come home with scrapes and bruises and blisters everyday from falling and tumbling and doing different things.  My traditional Korean grandmother would make a face of disapproval and shake her head and make this sound I can’t describe at me everytime because I was always so dark and scarred and messy as a little kid.  Sadly though, when I was trying to do these movements that once came so naturally as a fearless child, I could no longer move freely without any self consciousness or fear like I used to.  My innate sensibility of movement and control and ability of my body was gone.  It was a very sad realization at how out of shape and physically pathetic I was.  I went from going surfing and hiking and soccer and taekwondo to nothing in college.  There are no waves or glorious mountains in this alternative “island” that I now dwell in so I guess what’s left are these railings and walls that I can try to conquer through Parkour…parkour…i love the office :)

From public space to urban playground

Parkour is a form of physical training that embodies the concepts of movement and utilizing everyday surroundings. It teaches participants to embrace their surroundings and to view obstacles within each setting as a potential pathway. During a Parkour session participants may run, jump, crawl, swing, and climb over, under, and around any structure within an urban space.  Parkour encourages fluidity and creativity in movement. 

Parkour Experience

The Parkour aka urban ninja experience was interesting which reminded me of my childhood memories. When I was very little even before the computer systems were widely published, I used spend my entire day running around with my friends. I was glad to share simliar experience on last Tuesday.

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