The Unscene Archives were established to compile and preserve the history and identity of Australian BMX Freestyle.
The archives range from a variety of pieces including BMX frames and parts, clothing, uniforms, publications, advertisements, video, audio and other forms of communication.
Each piece is carefully researched to ensure its historical credibility and later digitised, coded and recorded into a database.
All artifacts are privately owned or donated to the Unscene Archives and safely stored in a suitable environment to prevent any further deterioration or modification.
The largest project under Unscene History is the Freestyle Timelines. Over six years of research has amassed to a 155 page timeline document which includes the Brisbane Freestyle Timeline (late 1970s-1997), the Australian Competition Timeline and Competition Results (1984-2007) and the Brisbane Freestyle Team Timeline (1984-1995. This is the foundation to documenting Australian freestyle history.
As part of ongoing research to document Australian freestyle history, regular meetings and interviews are conducted to ensure our history is accurately and authentically preserved.
Unscene: A History of Brisbane Freestyle (1985-1995) was an historical exhibit documenting the lifestyle, culture, and sport of BMX Freestyle in Brisbane over the span of a decade.
The exhibit explored the rise in popularity of Freestyle in the 80s, the ‘death’ of BMX in the early 90s, through to the resurgance just prior to the Extreme Games era. The exhibit featured rare photographs, competition footage and locally made videos, zines, and magazines.
Through the exhibit, patrons were able to take a closer look at the clothing, safety gear, bought and fabricated bikes and parts owned by some of Brisbane’s most iconic riders. They were also able to learn more about the evolution of competitons, jams, and the many changes to Beenleigh bike park over the past 25 years.
The exhibit allowed people to understand how local enforcment impacted the Freestyle culture – from helmet laws, to vagrancey, and the ‘no bikes on trains’ law. They were able to explore how BMX was promoted through Freestyle teams including Just Tricks, GT Reebok, and Wheels Entertainment.
Viewers were able to watch rare competiton and riding footage, as well as some of the first BMX videos to come out of Brisbane such as Sex, Drugs, Rock n Rolls; Prody, and videos by the Drain Kids.
Rare Session ‘zines were available to read, and viewers were able to learn more about early documentation by riders for riders.
This exhibition was free of charge and open to the public on the 26th & 27th of October, 2013 at Jugglers Art Space.