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BSA Film Friday 08.29.14

Posted on August 29, 2014

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

Now screening :

1. GIFS GONE WILD! in London Streets

BSA Special Feature: Guus ter Beek & Tayfun Sarier

Only one video this week because we have crossed a threshold with this one and it proudly stands on its own.

“GIFS gone WILD!” Otherwise known as “Internet Proposes Marriage to The Street”.

Guus ter Beek & Tayfun Sarier are just the sort of experimenters that keep the Street Art scene fresh and a live petri dish for interaction and discovery. Using a form of art that folks like Street Artist General Howe has been exploring in his military state wake-up-call cartoons online for the past year or so, these two guys invited fourteen GIF artists to display their rapid-loop digital optics to air on the street.

Oops, sorry if those Gen Howe bits were too violent and disconcerting. Lighten things up with this Cat GIF Tumblr.

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The framed iPads are affixed to lamp posts and stuck throughout locations in London like Shoreditch High Street, Curtain Road, Liverpool Street, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Westminster Bridge, and Trafalgar Square.  Yes, they do get attention, say the artists, and not surprisingly, from millenials who are already transfixed by their own handy flat screens at all times.

This is just the kind of experimentation we’ll be drawing attention to next week in Stavanger, Norway when we present BSA Film Friday LIVE at Nuart PLUS 2014, with special guest Vandalog. We’ll be looking at explorers, experimenters, and Anti-heroes who have been showing up on our weekly dashboard and RJ has already shown us some pretty funny new ones we hadn’t seen yet.

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Shout out to these experimenters and to the GIF artists including Dain Fagerholm Davidope, Disney, Second-Impact, Haydiroket, Nintendo-Gifs, 89-a, Totaleyefuck, Spacecadet, Endearingyouare, Caitlin Burns, Clay Rodery, Falcao Lucas, and Miron. Imagine what the streets will look like when tablets are for sale in the dollar bin.

 

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“Beautiful Times” hits Brooklyn, Beacon and Back to Colorado

Posted on August 28, 2014

The “Beautiful Times” tour by Amanda Marie and X-0 has brought them back to Denver Colorado where it began. We shared with you images and a semi-travelogue for their earlier installations along this summer tour in Denver and Philadelphia. In this final installment of their easy-going art-making project we find them in Brooklyn and the upstate small town of Beacon, New York, where many New Yorkers went to settle in the 2000s, creating a kinship that continues to today.

An now a quick look at their respective public works in Brooklyn, most of it in the DUMBO neighborhood. “We got our paint for this leg of the journey at a place called Park Delicatessen,” X-O says as he lists the items on offer there – and would you care to guess which ones he likes most? “Here is what they sold there…skateboards, flowers, spray paint, and smart sexy porn zines,” he relates. “Are you freaking joking? This is the most perfect shop ever.”

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Amanda Marie cutting stencils at a makeshift studio in DUMBO. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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X-O. DUMBO, Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Heading north up the Hudson River, the two found that, “After being fully infatuated with the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, it was an unseen and uber appreciated change of pace to have our next stop in Beacon,” says X-0.

They liked to small town sophisticated vibe and couldn’t believe how nice the people were. “Amanda painted an amazing ‘campground’ scene alongside the Beacon Natural Market,” he says, and he made a new ‘lost object piece’ in the same spot that a Ron English piece had run on for a while. “I also made one small #emogarden called ‘real sweet noise’ while waiting for Mando to get done with her big wall.”

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Alan Goldsmith)

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © X-O)

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Alan Goldsmith)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Ethan Harrison)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © X-O)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Ethan Harrison)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Beacon, NY.  (photo © Ethan Harrison)

Going back to Colorado after being pretty much city struck for the last few weeks was a welcome return.

“Immediately I escaped to the Rocky Mountains and made some ‘string stretches’ in the woods.  One of the most successful was a gravity piece I’ve called ‘Gravity Log 1′.  I left the cotton twine…Is that littering? Hmmm.”

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Amanda Marie. Beautiful Times. Aztlan Skate Park. F. Collins, Colorado  (photo © courtesy of X-O)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Launch. Colorado. (photo © X-O)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Rocky Mountains, Colorado.  (photo © X-O)

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X-O. Beautiful Times. Rocky Mountains, Colorado.  (photo © X-O)

Amanda Marie and X-O would like to thank Todd Masters from Masters Projects in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

They would also like to thank Dan and Kalene from Thundercut/OpenSpace in Beacon, as well as a number of neighborly photographers who were generous with their time and talents in Beacon.

They would also like to thank Andy Weiss in Colorado.

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Amanda Marie and X-O “Beautiful Times” in Denver, CO

Amanda Marie and X-O “Beautiful Times” in Philadelphia

 

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Shepard Fairey and the Future in New York’s Little Italy

Posted on August 27, 2014

Before the summer ends New York is still happily awash in myriad public festivals, concerts, street fairs, free Shakespeare in the park, stoop sales, fire hydrant fountains, rooftop parties and of course tourists who would like to scale a bridge. Last week our August dog days extended to welcome one of Street Art’s bigger names to swing through with a new mural that drew small crowds with a decidedly optimistic message.

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shepard Fairey doesn’t really do small. It has to be a vast designed and balanced swath of red, black and ochre that takes over an entire wall or it is nothing. Well, maybe he’ll slap up a couple of stickers on lamp posts while you’re not looking.

He also doesn’t appear to do fake. When that extended crane lift finally lowers him to the ground he makes time to say hello to admirers, artists, and the occasional antagonist and to sign his name, shake a hand, listen to a story and offer a thoughtful opinion.  In this age of quickly spreading news across social media, word of Fairey’s new mural on Bowery and Broome didn’t take long to ricochet across phones and before you knew it there were people on the sidewalk and dangling off roofs to get a good view.

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Not strictly Street Art and not strictly in Little Italy, the new work is part of a commercial neighborhood improvement initiative that has brought pleasing murals by Street Artists to the tourist frequented area of Little Italy over the past two years. Over the course of three days the socially conscious Fairey and his brand Obey scored one wall for a symbol of peace during a summer that has pounded in our ears with war drums in Ukraine, Russia, Syria, Libya, Israel, Palestine, and Iraq, among other sites of strife on the world stage.

A slogan at the bottom of the banner says “Transform Our World With Creative Response”; a nebulous enough sentiment that may be interpreted a few ways, and somewhat ironic on this island that is no longer open to young struggling creatives unless they can pay the $5K monthly rents this neighborhood often demands. But the burning fire in the chest of the dove – we’ll just take a chance and say that it stands for our collective yearning for peace and freedom.

Let’s hope Fairey sees something in the future many of us are missing.

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shepard Fairey in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project. NYC. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

To learn more about The L.I.S.A. Project, click HERE.

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