BSA Film Friday

BSA Film Friday: 09.18.20

BSA Film Friday: 09.18.20

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

Now screening :
1. Wall Writers

BSA Special Feature: Wall Writers

Wall Writers: Graffiti in its innocence. Directed by Roger Gatsman and narrated by John Waters is a documentary accompanied by a book with an introduction by Barry McGee. The film was released in 2016. Redbull is streaming the full film on their website now. For those interested in the birth of graffiti and wish to know more about the pioneers writers such as Taki 186, Cornbread, Snake 1 and, many more legends this is a perfect weekend treat.

WALL WRITERS – Trailer AND Streaming FREE!!!

Taki 183 being filmed for Wall Writers (still courtesy of R Rock Enterprises)
SNAKE 1, STATIC 5, FLASH 191, and STICH 1 at the P.S. 189 school yard in Washington Heights, NY. Circa 1973 (photo courtesy of SNAKE 1)
Wall in The Bronx featuring NIXON posters and a CHARMING 65 tag. (photo © John Naar 1973, 2015)

You can watch the whole documentary HERE

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BSA Film Friday 09.11.20

BSA Film Friday 09.11.20

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

Now screening :
1. Esteban del Valle – The End is Near
2. NADIA VADORI-GAUTHIER: Une minute de danse par jour – September 2020.

BSA Special Feature: Esteban del Valle

An excerpt from Esteban del Valle’s artist talk for The Fine Arts Work Center Summer 2020 Virtual Event, where he discussed his work in an upcoming solo exhibition “The End is Near” at Albert Merola Gallery Sept 4 – 24, 2020.

Une Minue de Danse in 2020

LET’S DANCE! Your interpretation is welcomed.

It’s good to see that Nadia Vadori-Gauthier is still innovating on the street. BSA has featured her work many times in the last half-decade, and we admire her tenacity. With more than 2066 daily dances, the French performer has been dancing every day for at least one minute since January 14, 2015.

She often stages her performances in Paris in public spaces. Before Covid-19 she had the freedom to interact with the public and immerse herself within the context of the public space. Below we share with you some of her most recent performances.

NADIA VADORI-GAUTHIER: Une minute de danse par jour / September 7 2020.

NADIA VADORI-GAUTHIER: Une minute de danse par jour / September 3 2020.

NADIA VADORI-GAUTHIER: Une minute de danse par jour / August 23 2020.

NADIA VADORI-GAUTHIER: Une minute de danse par jour / July 3 2020

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BSA Film Friday: 09.04.20

BSA Film Friday: 09.04.20

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

Now screening :
1. Back to Skool with Professor Sofles

BSA Special Feature: Back to Skool with Professor Sofles Wielding the Cans

Well its back to school time of the year, kids, and COVID-19 is complicating everybody’s plans this year. But we can still learn something, right? Did you bring an apple to class to give to Mr. Sofles?

Today we are going to have a Sofles Master Class: 7 brief but potent videos with the Australian renaissance man and graffiti master Sofles, who shares insightful tips and on-point techniques for executing a specific piece or how to mix colors, how to do an outline, how to mix graffiti elements in a realistic portrait. We want to see everybody here in the front row, no stragglers in the back. And wear your mask please, because you’re smart.

SOFLES / PRIMARY

SOFLES / LINEWORK

SOFLES / KEEP IT SIMPLE

SOFLES / IS BIGGER BETTER?

SOFLES / OUTLINES

SOFELS / PORTRAIT

SOFLES / CANVAS TIMELAPSE

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BSA Film Friday: 08.28.20

BSA Film Friday: 08.28.20

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

Now screening :
1. Plain Brutality Again: Jacob Blake.
2. INDECLINE: Get Dead – Pepper Spray
3. Shepard Fairey: Arts Vote 2020

BSA Special Feature: Plain Brutality Again: Jacob Blake

The violence against black people continues. The latest shooting of a black American citizen by the police took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin where a police officer shot Jacob Blake on Sunday.

Mr. Blake, a father, a son, a brother, and uncle, was shot seven times by the police as he leaned into the driver’s seat of his car resulting in Mr. Blake being paralyzed and unable to walk and under intensive care at the hospital. Yet he is being handcuffed to his bed. Mr. Blake was not carrying a weapon.

Are we only to add his name to the endless list of black and brown people brutalized and killed? Here we post a recent short film that examines this moment in American history as well as through the lens of system racism.

Voices from the Black Lives Matters Protests ( A short film) Vanity Fair

INDECLINE: Get Dead – Pepper Spray

An amalgam of blinding rage and graffiti, anti-authoritarian self-destructive vandalism melded into a demand for the end of state-sponsored violence played out to a raspy-voiced tirade and gutter-crunch guitars and drums. Many of society’s contradictions are here on display for all to see.

Shepard Fairey: Arts Vote 2020

For more information on ARTSVOTE click HERE.

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BSA Film Friday: 08.21.20

BSA Film Friday: 08.21.20

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

Now screening :
1. Indecline “The Art of Protest” Trailer

BSA Special Feature: Indecline “The Art of Protest” Trailer

Directed by Colin M. Day (“Saving Banksy”) and produced by INDECLINE, the film is an inspirational call to action, featuring the worlds leading activist artists and musicians, assembled for the first time to discuss what some consider to be the vital importance of resistance art in the era of Donald J. Trump.

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BSA FILM FRIDAY: 08.14.20

BSA FILM FRIDAY: 08.14.20

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

Now screening :
1. From the Archives: Keith Haring
2. Friday Night, August 14th – From Funkadelic
3. One Thousand Stories / The Making of a Mural / A Project by JR

BSA Special Feature: From the Archives: Keith Haring

Why are we thinking about street artist Keith Haring so often right now?
Possibly because we are remembering how he used his art practice to talk about crisis on his doorstep, and took risks to get his work out, and we are seeing more artists stepping up to that challenge on the street today.

When we think about this pandemic and the ways in which the artistic community has swiftly and forcefully responded to illustrate with their art the general mood, the ethos, the official response from our political leaders, the health providers unequivocal rush to action to save lives, the scientific community pushing to guide us during this still ongoing crisis, the dissemination of information and misinformation on social media, and the decisive actions from the mainstream media to educate the public on the pandemic one New York City artist comes to mind.

Keith Haring. He used his art to talk about Apartheid in South Africa, the crack epidemic, and the scourge of AIDS, a disease that took his life in 1990. We wonder what he will be doing on the streets if he were still alive. He’d be 62 now, still an age where he’d have the creative energy imbued with wisdom and experience. Below we share with you a vintage reel of him getting up on the NYC Subway.

As you watch this video for a mass TV audience under the guise of kooky kuriosity, it also crosses your mind that the police handle him with kid gloves – they don’t tackle him and slam him on the ground. Would his fate have been the same if he were black? And the reporter follows him around like a curious puppy, in awe of his escapades, intoning that vandalism is cute when its done by white guys from Pennsylvania who sell canvasses in Soho. There is so much we can learn from archived footage like this.

So you know what tonight is, right?

One Thousand Stories / The Making of a Mural / A Project by JR

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BSA Film Friday: 08.07.20

BSA Film Friday: 08.07.20

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

Now screening :
1. Freight Train Graffiti Melbourne. Can’t Do Tomorrow Festival
2. Anthony Lister – Head Hunter 2020

BSA Special Feature: Freight Train Graffiti Melbourne from the “Can’t Do Tomorrow” Festival 2020

Graffiti Writers and a major collaboration with Southern Shorthaul Railroad (SSR) 

There is not unanimity of opinion about painting trains these days – in fact perspectives cannot be further apart when you consider the hot invective spilled on graff writers in some cities – and the invitation and embrace of them in others.

The video above from New York in January presents a conundrum of many sorts – a full train covered by graffiti is enraging to some, an indication of lawless disrespect for society. Only a month later Melbourne government blessed the Can’t Do Tomorrow Festival which invited graffiti writers to do something very similar to an entire train. Cognitive dissonance much?

Face it, for artists and fans the two videos below are a bit of freight porn – products of the urban art festival where a group of old school and prolific graff writers transformed a 22-carriage Southern Shorthaul Railroad (SSR) freight train into the largest outdoor gallery in Australia.

From the producers of the festival “Can’t Do Tomorrow was a massive celebration of urban art and contemporary culture in one of the most iconic underground spaces in Australia: The Facility. Across 10 days, over 16,000 PEOPLE immersed themselves in a new way of consuming, or being consumed by, art.” Eloquent and on-point.

We also appreciate the description of the aspirational outlook of the organization, “We don’t pretend to be custodians of the contemporary urban art scene. We’re a micro-movement inside a macro-movement. We are serious about creating a community that will garner the contemporary urban movement the recognition it deserves.”

Freight Train Graffiti Melbourne. Can’t Do Tomorrow Festival

Anthony Lister is Head Hunting in 2020

Automated speech synthesis transcription is a current fashion and Anthony Lister cleverly frightens you while hiding behind this audio accompaniment to the video – a disjointed emotionally vacant spirit that parses at a metronomic tempo before melting into the hounds of Satan. How better to introduce the fascinating masks he has been creating for years.

“But in so far as we are social beings who live in a community of similar individuals with whom we are in continuous and direct competition, often unconsciously, primitive beings also feel the urgent need to be different, to impress, to bewilder and to instill fear, so that they may make themselves revered and respected.”  Happy head hunting!

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BSA Film Friday: 07.31.20

BSA Film Friday: 07.31.20

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

Now screening :
1. disCONNECT, a “Lock-Down” Artists Takeover

BSA Special Feature: disCONNECT, a “Lock-Down” Artists Takeover

London / 24 July – 23 August 2020

Today a series of videos from the artists takeover of this London home, a testament to the fortitude of organizers and artists who didn’t accept “Lock-down” for an answer. Yes, everyone practiced social distancing, and no, a large public opening event could not take place. But this may serve as one welcome new model for art in the time of Corona.

The video series is expertly produced by Fifth Wall TV and a small consortium of commercial/cultural partners including HK Walls and Schoeni Projects. Details at the end of the video parade.

Mr Cenz / disCONNECT / Fifth Wall TV

David Bray / disCONNECT / Fifth Wall TV

Aida Wilde / disCONNECT / Fifth Wall TV

Alex Fakso / disCONNECT / Fifth Wall TV

Isaac Cordal / disCONNECT / Fifth Wall TV

Herakut / disCONNECT / Fifth Wall TV

Zoer / disCONNECT / Fifth Wall TV

To find more about disCONNECT A “Lock-Down” Artists Takeover / London / 24 July – 23 August 2020 click HERE

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BSA Film Friday 07.24.20

BSA Film Friday 07.24.20

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

Now screening :
1. BustArt Says Goodbye to Berlin-Tegel
2. Transform the Tram Wait by MurOne in Barcelona

BSA Special Feature: BustArt Says Goodbye to Berlin-Tegel

A museum curating in public space is not necessarily new. Many eyes are watching with great interest as this museum in Berlin begins an academic approach toward selecting artists and artworks in public space in Berlin as Urban Nation Museum grounds its projects in its community and local history. The new work by street artist and graffiti writer Bustart is a direct reference to the nearby Berlin-Tegel airport, which will be decommissioned later this year.

Part of the inspiration is from Otto Lilienthal, the German pioneer of aviation who became known as the “flying man”, now cast through a 1960s comic strip version of the modern hero gazing upward to witness the post-war middle class flying the friendly skies. In a twist of irony, most people in this neighborhood will probably enjoy their daily lives more now that the airport won’t be filling the air with the sound of roaring planes overhead, allowing them to listen instead to birds in the trees.

Art al TRAM by MurOne

“Cities have these rough and rigid spaces whose only purpose is to walk through,” says Marc Garcia, founder and director of Rebobinart, a Barcelona organization that brings artists to the urban environment – developing projects with social and cultural context considerations in public space.

MurOne’s new mural takes on the space where people wait for the tram – a nondescript netherworld, a metropolitan purgatory where you are nowhere, only between. The Cornellà Centre TRAM stop is transformed by the Spanish artist (Iker Muro) who has been making murals for almost two decades, combining figurative and abstract, fiction, oblique narrative and vivid color. It’s the city, and its yours while you wait to go to your next destination

Iker Muro is a Spanish artist and graphic designer who has been making murals in Spain and abroad since 2002. His work combines figurative and abstract art, conveying both tangible and fictional elements through vivid colours and figures influenced by the visual imagery in the cities where the artist paints.

“I believe that arriving in a place like this and finding a kind of art gallery is a reason for attraction,” says MurOne, “I feel motivated by these kinds of actions.”

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BSA Film Friday: 07.17.20

BSA Film Friday: 07.17.20

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

Now screening :
1. Street Art For Sustainable Development

BSA Special Feature: Street Art For Sustainable Development

With the UN’s 17+1 Sustainable Development Goals and at least as many artists on hand to interpret them, the City of Turin has had a lot of new artworks on walls throughout the city.

Tapping into a universal language of art and murals that has spread throughout cities around the world, this project imagines meeting all these goals by 2030. Here we present a short documentary that introduces the originators of this mural program, the artists who are painting, and the city of Turin.

Documentary: Street Art For Sustainable Development. Via Cinemage Studio

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BSA Film Friday: 07.10.20 / Chip Thomas and The Navajo Nation & Radio Juxtapoz

BSA Film Friday: 07.10.20 / Chip Thomas and The Navajo Nation & Radio Juxtapoz

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

Now screening :
1. Chip Thomas and True Artivism

BSA Special Feature: Chip Thomas and True Artivism

We’re switching it up a little this week and recommending an audio podcast with Radio Juxtapoz instead a film. We think you’ll dig it.

Chip Thomas (aka Jetsonorama), his art, and his photography has of course been featured on BSA and his work/life/activism perhaps 40 times since the late 2000s, but its usually been a blend of other peoples’ stories that we have helped him deliver.

Larry King, a Church Rock resident who was an underground surveyor at the Church Rock Uranium mine at the time the dam failed in 1979, speaks to a group of anti-uranium activists on the 40th anniversary of the spill, July 16, 1979.  Activists were present from Japan and across the U.S (photo © Jetsonorama) Jetsonorama Tells “Stories From Ground Zero”

Over the years we have facilitated his historically informed storytelling on the health and life of people on the Navajo Nation, the US dumping radioactive matter there, issues surrounding climate change, the voting rights act, the March on Selma, the favelas in Rio, his “Painted Desert” multi-year project with invited Street Artists.

Chip Thomas in Brooklyn commemorating the March to Selma. (photo © Jaime Rojo) 50 Years From Selma, Jetsonorama and Equality in Brooklyn

All the time Chip has been showing us how to bridge communities, raise awareness, through socially engaged street art and photography.

Here you’ll enjoy Evan Pricco and Doug Gillen as they dig deep through the personal and professional history of this artist, activist, and doctor. For once here you’ll hear his actual voice and trace his navigational route in storytelling about himself and the path he’s taken to bring to the surface of our consciousness the people who the US historically makes invisible.

Chip Thomas Is Telling The Story Of The Navajo Nation Through Street Art. Via Radio Juxtapoz.

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BSA Film Friday: 07.03.20

BSA Film Friday: 07.03.20

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

Now screening :
1. “No Weapon Formed Against Thee Shall Prosper” Cey Adams, Sophia Dawson, and Marka 27

BSA Special Feature: “No Weapon Formed Against Thee Shall Prosper” Cey Adams, Sophia Dawson, and Marka 27

Quoting Isaiah 54:17 in the Bible, this mural inspires us and girds us and reminds us that when it comes to systemic racism the battle is not for the faint of heart. Can we get an ‘Amen’?

“No Weapon Formed Against Thee Shall Prosper” By Murals For The Movement, Cey Adams, I’m Wet Paint and Marka 27 is dedicated to the victims of police brutality and mass incarceration.

Shout out to @ow.ley for creating the video.

“No Weapon Formed Against Thee Shall Prosper”

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