BSA Film Friday

BSA Film Friday: 10.15.21

BSA Film Friday: 10.15.21

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

Now screening:
1. MANTRA in the Wynwood Jungle

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BSA Special Feature: MANTRA in the Wynwood Jungle

For this installment of BSA Film Friday week we offer you our own home-made video observing French street artist and naturalist Youri Cansell AKA MANTRA as he painted in situ among the plants and animals in Miami. Tuesday night’s conversation with our editor in chief Steve Harrington and the artist on the grounds of Wynwood Walls revealed the exacting nature of the artist’s contemplative study of the very pillars of our Earth-anchored existence.

More clinical than didactic in his descriptions, his study of this species and their endangered circumstances is nonetheless passionate. Speaking against a video backdrop of Mantra painting enormous murals around the world, his sharp eye is surpassed only by his reverent appreciation for beauty, executed in precision and warmth.

Here in the temporarily verdant environment created in the gallery by curator and artist Peter Tunney, MANTRA appears to be painting in the forest preserve, surrounded by the lush and the leafy, anchored by a full-wall photo by friend Ryan Lynch of an Equadorian reserve.

A graffiti writer as a teen, an ardent and self-professed amateur entomologist and preservationist in his thirties, Mantra took it as a near-mystical sign when he spotted an actual caterpillar eating leaves on a plant next to him. He has been painting in near solitude while visitors quietly mill around behind him and he looked down to see the unique markings of this visitor, identifying it as a Monarch butterfly en route. Now the artist says that he is ever-clearer of his future projects – as we are of his future successes.

Mantra. “Metamorphōsis”. GGA. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mantra with Steven P. Harrington. “Metamorphōsis”. GGA. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peter Tunney with Steven P. Harrington. “Metamorphōsis”. GGA. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © World Red Eye)
Mantra with Steven P. Harrington. “Metamorphōsis”. GGA. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © World Red Eye)
Mantra with Steven P. Harrington. “Metamorphōsis”. GGA. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © World Red Eye)
Mantra with Steven P. Harrington. “Metamorphōsis”. GGA. Wynwood, Miami. (photo © World Red Eye)

Mantra “Metamorphōsis” is open to the general public at Goldman Global Arts Gallery. Wynwood, Miami.

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BSA Film Friday: 10.08.21

BSA Film Friday: 10.08.21

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

Now screening:
1. Sofles: Same As It Ever Was (Feat Tuesy) by After Midnight Film
2. ShenShen210
3. Shipo All Night Long: Madrid via SystemBoys

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BSA Special Feature: Sofles: Same As It Ever Was (Feat Tuesy) by After Midnight Film

Oddly you’ll see little or no mention of New York art-rock geniuses Talking Heads in this new video of Sofles and Tuesday painting. The video and song are both called, “Same As It Ever Was”, and it is good to see a new generation blown away by this music, recontextualized here as a graffiti writing soundtrack.

Sofles: Same As It Ever Was (Feat Tuesy) by After Midnight Film

ShenShen210

“ShenShen210: was the first female graffiti artist on the West Coast to do quality work, and graffiti is the most important art movement in the last 40+ years.” – Jim Prigoff, photographer, art historian, author of “Spraycan Art with Henry Chalfant”

Shipo All Night Long: Madrid via SystemBoys

Staying up all night with graffiti writer Shipo in Madrid as he jumps, climbs, lays down next to walls under the cover of darkness to leave his mark.

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BSA Film Friday: 10.01.21

BSA Film Friday: 10.01.21

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

Now screening:
1. Nathan Paulin on a High Wire Between Tour Eiffel & Theatre National
2. Man on Wire. Twin Towers with Philippe Petit
3. Pejac: Apnea

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BSA Special Feature: Nathan Paulin on a High Wire Between Tour Eiffel & Theatre National

After gawking at the Arc de Triomphe here last week we wandered into one of our favorite outdoor arts – the tight wire walker, specifically Nathan Paulin, who walked above the crowds at the Eiffel Tower September 18th. A precursor perhaps to Parkour and more likely progeny of the circus, the art of walking high above the ground and risking life and limb and managing poetry at the same time is outrageous to some, sublime to others.

Nathan Paulin entre la Tour Eiffel and the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris

Man on Wire. Twin Towers with Philippe Petit

In 1974, Philippe Petit, a 24 years old artist from France, performed what to this date we consider to be the most extraordinary unauthorized street art act ever pulled off in the world. On the morning of August 7, Mr. Petit walked across the Twin Towers on a high-wire without any safety precautions. No net, no harness. Just his mind, his balancing pole, and his body.

Mr. Petit’s meticulously planned stunt involved illegally rigging a 440-pound cable between the towers with the help of a small crew. He performed for 45 minutes at 1,312 ft (400 meters) walking 8 times back and forth along the wire, sitting, looking down, and waving to the stunned crowd below. Nobody will ever do that again. The Twin Towers are gone but Mr. Petit is still here, with us in NYC.

The Spanish street artist Pejac debuts a 45 piece collection of artworks for his show called APNEA in Berlin at the end of this month, his largest show to date.

“Most of the works were conceived while the world was holding its breath. APNEA for me means breathing again’’, Pejac comments in reference to both the pandemic and the title of his show. ‘‘During a time of lockdown, painting within the four walls of my studio felt like a liberation and a lifeline. APNEA represents this contradiction.’’

Pejac: Apnea

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BSA Film Friday: 09.24.21

BSA Film Friday: 09.24.21

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

Now screening:
1. Christo and Jeanne-Claude, a Final Triumph in Paris

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BSA Special Feature: Christo and Jeanne-Claude, a Final Triumph in Paris

Bet you are wondering when the big unveiling is! Dying to see what is underneath?

A tribute to the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, famous for their large scale, site specific outdoor installation, this is the final triumph! Or Triomphe, as you may wish.

Climbers, cloth, and red rope have encased the famous monument and star that lies at the center of twelve radiating avenues, L’Arc de Triomphe this month – a public celebration of the work of the two artists and their lifetime of work together.

Today we dedicate Film Friday to this project and the various ways it is being described and interacted with by the public.

Christo and Jeanne Claude: L’Arc de Triomphe Empaqueté.

Christo’s L’Arc de Triomphe | 60 Years in the Making

Visitors swarm wrapped Arc de Triomphe

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped – Live View

Screenshot from LIVE cam on September 24, 2021
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BSA Film Friday: 09.17.21

BSA Film Friday: 09.17.21

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

Now screening:
1. Thierry Mandon Living Outside

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BSA Special Feature: Thierry Mandon Living Outside

We dedicate this Friday’s edition of BSA Film Friday to French performance and conceptual artist Thierry Mandon. Mr. Mandon conveys his art through performances and installations by using himself as the subject of his compositions, his tableaus of unremarkable domesticity exposed publicly.

Video and photography open the door to the work with the rest of the world as only a handful of people are present while he dangles himself from abandoned buildings or performs an act of solitude openly on the streets. Day-to-day is elevated – the mundane activities of living reframed as sublime acts. Recontextualized, these ordinary moments spawn a feeling of performance, implicating you in the scene.

Inside – Outside from Thierry Mandon

Tableu vivant form Thierry Mandon.

Accumulation from Thierry Mandon

ZAP from Thierry Mandon

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BSA Film Friday: 09.10.21

BSA Film Friday: 09.10.21

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

Now screening:
1. A Kaleidoscopic Journey Through Money
2. My Dog Sighs “Inside” as Discovered by Doug Gillen and FWTV
3. PichiAvo’s Paris St-Michel mural

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BSA Special Feature: A Kaleidoscopic Journey Through Money

The confidence and reverence that humans give to currencies is as much an article of faith as any religion can conjure. In fact, it is a requirement for any money not backed by gold – your faith. The motifs and icons and design flair employed in its presentation to the user are indicative of our values as well. Here the director and designer Lachlan Turczan breaks apart the elements, finds their similarities and differences, and delightfully, mesmerizingly, re-flows the results to a musical soundtrack by Blake Mills.

“I made hi-resolution scans of banknotes from 23 countries ranging from the 1800s to the modern-day. Machine learning was used to further enhance these scans so that I could zoom in on the intricacies of the engravings. Using replacement animation techniques, the guilloché patterns wash over the viewer in a barrage of linework and geometry. Iconic scenes throughout history are also shown: the age of exploration leads to industrialization, wonders of the world are replaced by office buildings and icons of freedom stand in stark contrast to images of slavery. The project culminates with the collective eyes of all world leaders staring back at the audience.”



My Dog Sighs “Inside” as Discovered by Doug Gillen and FWTV

Paul Stone aka My Dog Sighs in Portsmouth, UK is one of the interior immersive exhibitions that you have been hoping to go inside again but have been leary of because you might get sick and die. Now watch as your Doug sighs walking through the “inside” of this artist’s animated mind.

For more- please see “My Dog Sighs “Inside”: A Hidden, Staged Exhibition in Portsmouth, UK” on BSA



PichiAvo’s Paris St-Michel mural

The PichiAvo duo continues around the world with classic gods intermingled and floating among graffiti gods. Here in Paris they depict Poseidon and Niké on the Boulevard St-Michel.

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BSA Film Friday: 09.03.21

BSA Film Friday: 09.03.21

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

Now screening:
1. Faith XLVII X KOLEKA PUTUMA
2. Moments Like This Never Last. Cheryl Dunn/Dash Snow. Trailer
3. 9 Ways To Draw a Person

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BSA Special Feature: Faith XLVII X KOLEKA PUTUMA

South African Street Artist Liberty Du, known as Faith XLVII shares her new collaboration with Koleka Putuma, the South African queer poet and theatre-maker, this week on BSA Film Friday.

“South African women are brave. Strong. And not just a little strong. They are strong down to their bone marrow. They have known great suffering. And still, they sing. What an honor it’s been to know such women! I’ve been humbled in my life again and again by the sheer resilience of friends. The pain is inexplicable. In the first 3 weeks of lockdown, more than 120 000 cases of Gender-Based Violence were reported across the country. We are exhausted from the news each week. Our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, our children were violated, abused, and murdered. Working on this project alongside Koleka Putuma is not something I take lightly, Koleka is a force. Her words break up open in order to really have real conversations about what’s happening.”

Faith XLVII X KOLEKA PUTUMA

Moments Like This Never Last. Cheryl Dunn/Dash Snow. Trailer

The mythmaking stories continue to propagate about this anti-authoritarian creative skateboarding graffiti-writing white guy from a wealthy family who died too young in a drug-fueled life of experimentation and excess. Cheryl Dunn pulls all the stories together to help establish his talents and hijinx as veritable proof that the early millenial was onto something new in the graffiti/street/art milieu of IRAK crew of 2000s New York – partying hard and hitting the heights.

9 Ways To Draw a Person

The possibilities are absolutely endless, if you are to follow the guidance of film director, artist, animator Sasha Svirsky. By mixing abstraction, collage, and animation, he pulls you in and reawakens your earliest knowledge about creativity, reaffirming that you too, can draw a person.


Russian language version / Русскоязычная версия фильма: vimeo.com/198117734

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BSA Film Friday: 08.26.21

BSA Film Friday: 08.26.21

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

Now screening:
1. Talking with Tony Tuan Luong AKA Tyle2
2. OLEK: I Have Nothing To Declare Except My Genius
3. Sofles in Brisbane featuring Gamo & Kitsa
4. MadC – Oasis

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BSA Special Feature: Talking with Tony Tuan Luong AKA Tyle2

It’s thrilling to see the many twists and turns on the path of calligraffiti. Here we are introduced to Graffiti, Calligraphy, and Tattoo artist TONY TUAN LUONG aka TYLE2 from Offenburg, Germany, who gives a short interview in this first new “Artist Session” with the Molotov brand. Friday is always a great day for inspiration and we hope this can inspire you.

Artist Session with Tony Tuan Luong AKA Tyle2

OLEK: I Have Nothing To Declare Except My Genius

The Polish street artist has nothing but the usual to declare. She’s been saying it for years. If only you would listen.

Man1 on Hollywood Blvd via Birdman.

“A fun mural I shot with LA native Man1 in Los Angeles, CA,” says photographer and video documenter Birdman.

MadC – Oasis

Modern master of styles, MadC knows how to keep it tight and how to let it flow, like an ocean’s mists, across the walls she climbs and conquers. Its not just the dynamism, the scale. It’s also the confidence, the fact that you feel she can see it before she begins. She is an oasis.

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BSA Film Friday 08.20.21

BSA Film Friday 08.20.21

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

Now screening:
1. Banksy: Great British Spraycation
2. NYC! Sound (Back) On
3. Sofles in Brisbane featuring Gamo & Kitsa

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BSA Special Feature: Banksy : Great British Spraycation

The summer days begin to wane and you’ve played all the games with your siblings and cousins three times or more. Before heading back to school, time to rummage around Uncle Bob’s garage and find a can of spray paint he used to fix a kitchen chair for Aunt Keisha. You wonder to yourself, “What could we do with this?”

BANKSY: Great British-Spraycation

NYC! Sound (Back) On

Been waiting for Covid to give us a break so New York could get back to our version of normal. This summer it’s still been hard but New York is definitely back in all its many ways. Makes us wanna dance!

Sofles in Brisbane with Feat. Gamo&Kitsa

You been getting up lately? Just released here’s a Brisbane, Australia wall jam with Sofles in collaboration with honored guests Gamo and Kitsa from Marseille, France.

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BSA Film Friday: 08.13.21

BSA Film Friday: 08.13.21

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

Now screening:
1. DOES. Transition Documentary. Via I Love Graffiti. Directed by Strictua
2. First 20 Years. The Rhythm of Sketching
3. DOES: Magic Water Documentary. Via I Love Graffiti. Directed by Strictua
4. DOES – XL Mural in Antwerp in collaboration with Matthias “zenith” Schoenaerts. Video by Scott Ray George.
5. DOES: Somewhere in Europe. Video by Scott Ray George



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BSA Special Feature: He Does it All: 5 In a Row from DOES

From time to time we focus our BSA Film Friday section on one artist or filmmaker. The focus of this Friday’s edition of BSA Film Friday is the Dutch artist DOES.

DOES aka Joos van Barneveld was born in The Netherlands in 1982. Active in graffiti since 1997 DOES was at some point balancing his soccer career with his secret life as a graffiti writer. Becoming a professional soccer player for one of the premier soccer teams in the highest division in his native country, DOES was forced to stop playing soccer after an injury at the age of 28. Joos took this setback as an opportunity to perfect his craft as an artist and to dedicate all his time to the pursuit of his love for art and graffiti. He has since excelled at his craft and is now internationally known for his abstract paintings, murals, and sculptures still based on the letterform. Below we share with you five videos of DOES journey as an artist.

DOES. Transition Documentary. Via I Love Graffiti. Directed by Strictua

First 20 Years. The Rhythm of Sketching

DOES: Magic Water Documentary. Via I Love Graffiti. Directed by Strictua

DOES – XL Mural in Antwerp in collaboration with Matthias “zenith” Schoenaerts. Video by Scott Ray George.

DOES: Somewhere in Europe. Video by Scott Ray George

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BSA Film Friday: 08.06.21

BSA Film Friday: 08.06.21

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

Now screening:
1. FEM – Graffiti Documentary
2. GRAFFITI TV: HUNGR
3. SOFLES / MARVEL

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BSA Special Feature: FEM – Graffiti Documentary.

Now from Bremen, Germany – “Just like a sports addiction, or a sugar addiction, I’m basically addicted to graffiti.” Fem says she is like Sherlock Holmes, Crocodile Dundee, and Pipi Longstocking all rolled into one.

FEM – Graffiti Documentary. Via Spray Daily

GRAFFITI TV: HUNGR.

Speaking of crocodiles, here’s a summertime Hungr spraying out a wall ankle deep in water, wearing a pair of crocks.

SOFLES / MARVEL

Here you are again, about to be drawn into the Sofles vortex, this one particularly MARVELous.

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BSA Film Friday: 07.23.21

BSA Film Friday: 07.23.21

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

Now screening:
1. Only Sydney’s Finest: Dave & Phibs
2. Toy Story by BAER, Parts 1, 2, 3, & 4

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BSA Special Feature: Only Sydney’s Finest: Dave & Phibs

“Ralph Bakshi’s representation of good and evil wizards is the setting chosen by Australians Phibs and Dave to contrast their clash of styles. In this spectacular video, Colin McKinnon captures the process of this wall production carried out in Sydney.”

But Ma! — the music is what makes this epic.

Only Sydney’s Finest: Dave & Phibs

Toy Story by BAER

A promising hand-made 4 episode pilot about a mini-vandal racking and wrecking. Just don’t call him a TOY.

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