Friday, August 18 - Thursday, August 24, 2000
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We Are Traffic/Pedalphiles
.... The young people documented in Brian Standing’s Pedalphiles
(35 min.), on the other hand, are so radical that they’re inherently fascinating.
Calling themselves S.C.A.B. (for “Skids Creating Apocalyptic Bicycles”)
they prowl Madison, Wisconsin, collecting discarded bikes and hammering
or welding their parts together to create highly unconventional designs
that are head turning but also ridable—though the rider may sit very close
to the ground or high in the air. Through these unusual machines they hope
to call attention to bicycling; one of them advocates banning automobiles
from cities. But they also offer a critique of consumer culture by creating
bikes at no cost and refusing to sell them (though they’ll help you make
your own), and their group rides are perhaps a form of performance art.