As part of Fandom class, we had to perform fandom activity and document it. I joined Sweta, Hub and Molly to a roller disco rink at Brooklyn, with a great hope that this is going to be a great fandom to explore. As far as the instructions given, we had to explore a fandom which is far from what we know, so even if our brain will try to tell us it’s a bad idea- we need to fight it.
So we did.
Sweta found a Brooklyn roller disco party on Friday night, located in Prospect park at a place called Lakeside Brooklyn. (I’ll skip the part where I got lost in the park).
I met Sweta at outside the party, while people gathering with their own rollers wrapped around their bags, couples with matching costumes, mostly glitter, well, you can’t ignore that the theme of the party was “Purple rain”..
I recognized a few of the terms that we spoke about in class, while trying to figure out how to stabilize myself…
First, the most engaging way to show your relation to this fandom is to wear your rollers. if you don’t wear one- you’re not allowed in the rink (I tried to get some photos from the inner circle show, after I took off my rollers- and they pretty much kicked me out of there..). You feel very safe if you’re one of those lucky people that can actually roller and not look like they fear from their own weight and balance. I can also say that the special rink, this venue, looks like it’s for skating/Icing only, that helps people to feel that they arrived to a place dedicated for something they love.
I could also recognize that there is a part of this fandom that is a showoff, you come to this place to show your abilities. Especially the people that look like it’s the last thing that you’d expect them to know.
At first I thought this activity will be really fun and it’s going to be like coming to a kids party and just do whatever you want and have fun. But no, that was some serious roller disco involved! In the second when you put your foot/roller in the rink- you need to be part of the stream, part of the circle of people, and when you’re not- you don’t feel part of it…I had few moments where I felt like I really got it and started to turn away from the edges and closer to the center- one attempt to do that caused a real fast slipping…I don’t want to describe how I managed to get up! 🙂
I think that the part that I loved the most was to document the people…They have really good vibe going on, but I didn’t feel like I was part of them..I just tried really hard to make them see me as part of them, which was physically – not possible.
Despite the fall and my lack of experience, I did have fun , but because there is a very physical experience that you need to go through in order to feel part of this group, I couldn’t attach to it completely.
Of course we had our photo taken:
And I also uploaded a pic from this place on my Instagram:
After a few days, I got a comment from them:
So I guess that next time I’ll need to come much more prepared..