Finding a Line


 "Finding a Line Part One" 
January thru April 2012

This is the first of two video documents focusing on the Finding a Line 5x5 project. 
Ben Ashworth, John Falls, Workingman Collective

About Finding a Line
Finding aLine takes the improvisational act at the core of skateboarding - finding a line through physical space - and applies it to the process of transforming a community space.  

January 2012, two to three days a week, Ben Ashworth, Workingman Collective, John Falls, and Co, began transforming a large neglected raw area under the I-695 Southeast Freeway in Washington DC, into a skate-able social space. 

The site, BridgeSpot, a complex high-low socioeconomic mash-up zone was shaped into a skate-able social space that cycles rhythmically from action to a calm-before-the-storm vibe. 

Selected by curator Laura Roulet for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ temporary public art project, 5×5,  Ben Ashworth and Workingman Collective collaborated with other artists, activists, skaters, and the community towards the launch of the Finding a Line on March 20, 2012.

About 5x5
5x5 is twenty-five groundbreaking temporary public art installations that were installed concurrently throughout the District of Columbia March – April 2012.  5x5 coincided with the Centennial National Cherry Blossom Festival.

On Going Actions:
Janrurary – May 2012
Sustaining a steady work ethic, Ben Ashworth and Workingman Collective set a tone of stewardship by removing trash from the site, fixing what was broken, building, documenting, and shaking hands.  We began to link a diverse network of local officials, skaters, parents, dj's, kids, construction and office workers, to the homeless. As we worked and developed the Finding a Line project we sifted through actions + engagement, the collective images + videos to craft the emerging process and narrative. 

April 2 - 6, 2012
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)
We created a workshop “Explore, Build, Document: Public Art Skateboarding Laboratory”  for students in grades K-6 .
Students made skateboards, designed and built skateboard structures, and documented the process through video and video editing.
Chaw Group
April 29, 2012
Through conversations with AlbusCavus, Peter Kursko the Urban Artistry's International Soul Society Festival and Eighty Eight's Forward Festival, Flow. Programmed the final festival event at the Finding a Line site which centered on live performances and workshops, including graffiti, parcours, djs, skateboarding, music, dancing, and cooking.