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BSA Film Friday 10.24.14

Posted on October 24, 2014

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Spotlight on Brazil: Street Culture in São Paulo

BSA Special Feature: URBAN AMAZONE – SAO PAULO

A new French documentary about Sao Paulo street culture with host Véronique Chainon takes a calm and measured look at the currents on the block in this Brazillian city of 11 million. Included with an interview with a breaking crew, a parkour class, zine makers and other contributors to this city’s vibrant youth culture, Ms. Chainon interviews Street Artist (Edwardo) Kobra in studio and on the street about pichação, street art, and his eye popping murals. Alexander Orion, a Street Artist with a gallery show is interviewed, as well as writers, pixadores, and a number of people familiar with the graffiti and pichação scene. You also get a look at Abayomi Ateliê, a a cultural space that develops the activities of production and customization of clothing, crafts, accessories and graffiti – and you get to see some of the graffiti ladies in action.

The best part is the opportunity to see a large cross section of the varied and usually high quality Street Art and graffiti that covers many neighborhoods in this international city, and to get a real idea what the sabor of São Paulo is right now.

 

Jef Aerosol in NYC, “Black is Beautiful”

Posted on October 23, 2014

Jef Aerosol, the French master street stencilist for over 3 decades was in NYC this week. He took part in a couple of commercial events and to visit other Street Artists shows and events like Nick Walker’s show on the LES/Chinatown border and the L.I.S.A. Project outdoor jam in Little Italy with Zimad, Bishop203, Carlo McCormick, Martha Cooper, and a cast of hundreds.

He told us he is lining up a couple of projects for next year in New York, which is good to hear, and of course he managed to hit up a handfull of spots himself at The Bushwick Collective in Brooklyn, including a large piece he’s calling “Black is Beautiful”.

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jef Aerosol (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Freewill Gallery in New Yorks Military Bunker on the Beach

Posted on October 22, 2014

Exploring Fort Tilden

National monuments are typically solemn places for reflection and remembrance. In the case of many decommissioned military installations across the world, the hidden parts of forts and bunkers are also serpentine galleries of freewill art shows. You may call it graffiti or you may call it a colossal explosion of creativity and unscripted free speech, but in all likelihood you will be moved by the clandestine display it in one way or another.

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The entrance… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The site of New York’s abandoned WWI era military base (and site of the first Trans-Atlantic flight departure), Fort Tilden, also conveniently is a beach for many of its creative types and related mis-matched fun loving miscreants. While there are snide asides about this being a hipster spot, it is much more than a place for one-dimensional posers – if only because it is sort of hard to get to.

But it is also a little utopia for the grimy self-powered soot-covered bicycling city-set who gravitate to the margins and outskirts for a day at the beach; There are art shows and ad hoc performances, long days of reading and snacking, splashing, Backgammon, and nudity. Sometimes all at once.

Additionally the entire site can be a hidden, yet open, art gallery.

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Artist Unknown. Also, Mika loves Mea. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Perched atop the bunker you can have a 360 degree view of the ocean and most of New York City, including the cluster of skyscrapers in yonder Manhattan. Inside it’s labyrinthine spaces below with a flashlight you will discover a 360 degree view of most all of the graffiti and Street Art techniques that are freely experimented with in these mid twenty teens.

On a recent overcast/sunny day at the end of the summer season we took a tour of the darkened spaces that are open to the public to find what kind of art gallery is on display and to discover hidden gems, furtive artists, discarded liquor bottles and the occasional condom. Are these the aesthetic meanderings of mad minds, the seeds of tomorrow’s art stars, or simply the unfiltered mark-making of youth on a summer day’s spraycation?

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cake (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DAN (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NAD (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Elvis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A monument to Walt Whitman by artist Patty Smith is one of many placed here during this summers “Rockaway!” art show here, organized by PS1′s Klaus Biesenbach. Whitman’s masterpiece “Leaves Of Grass” begins with the words carved on the stone above. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“I Celebrate Myself. And what I assume you shall assume. For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you”

~ Walt Whitman. July 4th 1855

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KUMA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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You Go Girl . Mistakoy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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You Go Girl (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Newserf. Collab between News & Serf. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Never (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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“United States of pills and corn syrup”, says ARC as he washes down an Oxycontin with Coke. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Armer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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The New York Skyline from the top of the bunkers. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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This article is also published on The Huffington Post.

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