Andy Day is both a student and practitioner of buildering, and a co-founder of the internationally celebrated website buildering.net. He will share his experiences and observations of the buildering subculture, survey related climbing opportunities in Cincinnati, and explain why buildering should never live inside an art gallery.
Andy Day began photographing parkour and its people in 2003. He has worked consistently with the discipline’s leading practitioners and organizations contributing significantly to the global visual identity of parkour across all media platforms. He is a climber, explorer, blogger, writer and teacher who is embedded in both the parkour and buildering communities. Day's work has been featured in several solo exhibitions at prominent galleries, and is published widely. He remains both a key contributor to and fearless critic of parkour’s continuing development. More recently, buildering has become the main focus of Day's photography, finding that climbing and the resultant imagery is a unique and experimental means of engaging with the city.
Although based in east London and focusing much of his exploration on his home city, Day's photography and urban subversions have led him around the world, capturing buildering as far as Japan, Nicaragua, India, Italy, Thailand and France. Later this summer he will be teaching buildering in Munich, Germany at one of the world's largest gatherings of parkour practitioners. Day will be arriving in Cincinnati fresh from shooting a buildering guidebook for the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, an institution that has a rich history of of climbing buildings that stretches back over 50 years.
Day is currently completing an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. He teaches a short course each year at Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London entitled 'Movement and Dance Photography' and runs regular photography workshops for the members of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In addition, Day is regularly invited to speak and present his work to parkour practitioners around the world.
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