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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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BSA Film Friday: 06.26.29

BSA Film Friday: 06.26.29

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

Now screening :
1. 1UP in Napoli “This is Not Art Anymore” Parts 1 & 2
2. FLW_IN – Open Letter

BSA Special Feature: 1UP in Napoli “This is Not Art Anymore” Parts 1 & 2

There is spraycation, and then there is the 1UP Family Reunion, which was recently in Napoli. Members came from far and wide to see one another and to spread the familial gospel in aerosol. There were rounds of cards, bowls of pasta, storytelling, backslapping, and some family fights about perceived slights, or girls. But as far as most dysfunctional families and their reunions go, this one was pretty tame. Yeah, right.

“The architecture is chaotic and in the midst of it we are just walking around. Roll ups, roll downs. Partying hard in the streets.”

“There would be a lot less love in my life without the graffiti, without One United Power.”

FLW_IN – Open Letter

Musician Joseph Gabriel Harris AKA FLW-IN speaks from the heart in an “Open Letter” about the issues of systemic racism and being a black man in a hostile society that is now openly talking and examining. An American now living in Barcelona, he has an inside/outside perspective that can help bridge gaps in understanding. Of note, he also leans on the talents of a number of street artists/ mural artists and the Black Walls Movement for background art in this piece.

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BSA Film Friday: 06.19.20

BSA Film Friday: 06.19.20

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

Now screening :
1. FULL COLOR: An Irish Street Art Story.
2. Kermit and Fozzy are the scenario, dawg. Tribe Called Quest Goes to Sesame Street

BSA Special Feature: FULL COLOR: An Irish Street Art Story by Harry Moylan

A look at Dublin and Belfast through the work and words of 12 street artists and muralists. The crisply delivered and insightful documentary asks the fundamentals about origin, genesis, motivation of the artists and studies the subcultures that swirl about and within this particular subculture. It also has the added dimension of examining the political sentiments that run through mural art historically and specifically how “The Troubles” – the three-decade conflict between nationalists and unionists are clearly brought to bear on the collections of mural artworks created for public display.

Kermit and Fozzy are the scenario, dawg. Tribe Called Quest Goes to Sesame Street

The Original: A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario

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BSA Film Friday: 06.12.20

BSA Film Friday: 06.12.20

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

Now screening :
1. Steven Siegel, Like a Buoy, Like a Barrel
2. Mural Intervention by Ana Barriga in Nau Bostik
3. The Revolution Starts in The Earth w/ the Self. Jess X Snow & Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn

BSA Special Feature: Steven Siegel, Like a Buoy, Like a Barrel

We’ve seen public works made with recycled materials in the street art scene for a few years – Bordalo II and Icy & Sot come to mind. American environmental artist Steven Siegel has been pulling apart and reassembling in public space for forty years or so, amassing a body of work that examines and reveals the geologic sedimentation of earth, bodies, memory, emotion.

A recent work, Like a Buoy, Like a Barrel in Providence, Rhode Island presents our collective waste in a container, front and center for all to look into, marvel at, perhaps be dismayed by.

“Piling a bunch of, for lack of a better word, ‘trash,’ is not going to move anybody. Whereas if you can articulate it into a form that is beautiful and surprising, they’re going to say ‘that’s beautiful and surprising. What does it mean?”

Mural Intervention by Ana Barriga in Nau Bostik

On the occasion of the closing of the TÀPIA exhibition, B.murals invited Ana Barriga to paint on the walls of Espai 30 La Sagrera, inspired by her tireless searches for inspiration in markets such as “El Rastro” in Madrid. Using a found item she enlarges it and takes comfort in the simple depiction of mutual affinity.

Project Highlight: Like buoy, like a barrel by Steven Siegel

The Revolution Starts in The Earth w/ the Self. Jess X Snow & Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn

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BSA Film Friday: 06.05.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 75

BSA Film Friday: 06.05.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 75

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

Now screening :
1. BCN Rise & Fall. Documentary History of Street Art in Barcelona

BSA Special Feature: BCN Rise & Fall, Documentary History of Street Art in Barcelona

The permissive nature of the city created a golden age of art in the streets, unencumbered by  the police or the city itself, an exciting destination for artists like Banksy, Space Invader, Os Gemeos, Aryz, BTOY, Kenor, Mark Bode, and Obey – but really it was an aerosol family reunion with relatives arriving from around the world.

Today we feature a well-researched and presented re-telling of the golden age of muralism born here in the first few years of the 2000s, spawning careers of many and attracting culture watchers of all kinds. As is the case with gentrifying spaces, the next phase after artists make everything pop with energy and new ideas, the vultures moved in to capitalize on it, and kill it.

Strict laws, strict penalties, and putting on a nice commercial face for the corporations and shoppers. Later, the creative spirit seems quashed – and the city that gave birth to a stunning spectacle seems completely unaware of how they shot themselves in the foot – until they have to pay to see the stuff in a museum exhibition later.

Now years later we have a clearer view of what transpired and why thanks directors Aleix Gordo Hostau and Gustavo López Lacalle, who painstakingly construct and deconstruct the story through colorful stories and an ocean of imagery. Political and sometimes divisive? Sure. A form of speech, undoubtedly. Pity it is manipulated sometimes to fit an agenda, even when the artist hadn’t intended it to be.

BCN Rise & Fall. Documentary History of Street Art in Barcelona

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BSA Film Friday: 05.29.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 68

BSA Film Friday: 05.29.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 68

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

Now screening :
1. “InkStemism” from Tinta Crua in Lisbon
2. STIK at Picadilly Lights in London: Hope & Solidarity
3. The PR Economy Shapes “News” and Perception
4. Big Joanie, “Fall Asleep”

BSA Special Feature: “InkStemism” from Tinta Crua in Lisbon

Portuguese activist, street artist and illustrator Tinta Crua says he hasn’t had a lot of action in Lisbon since the virus outbreak, so he’s been experimenting with animation and seeing his figures come to life across the screen. Today we have a look at the homemade video called InkStemism.

He says he’s been using wheat-pasting to display his hand-painted original acrylic pieces on construction walls or downtown shop windows. The style of figures and archetypes may recall for some the hand-drawn aesthetic punk/heavy metal fanzines: A stark wit and a bit of sarcasm – softened by an underlying sentiment of goodwill, romantic tendencies.

“I started back in 2008 when the crisis hit Portugal with its full impact. Lots of shops closed. People lost their jobs like me at the time and now again…but this window became my canvas!” says Tinta. Given the dire economic situation that appears to be headed our way, its safe to say there will be more artists working on the street soon, addressing fundamental issues in social, economic, and geo-political spheres.

“I don’t know what will be the scenario post-pandemic,” says the artist. “I hope that people will  keep their jobs and that the shops keep open. Well I’ll keep doing my thing – just have to walk more and wait till I find a good place to paste.”

STIK at Picadilly Lights in London: Hope & Solidarity

A curious turn of events leads STIK to Picadilly. His forms unite in a warm glow, yet few are here to see it.

The PR Economy Shapes “News” and Perception

When you hear and see the same story repeated multiple times by serious faces in authoritative positions, does it affect your perception of a company, politician, poet, artist, businesswoman, race, war? Sidenote: Is this journalism?

Big Joanie, “Fall Asleep

London based trio Big Joanie going from strength to strength. A great sound evolving from the DIY community and a fresh frank take on feminist punk.

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BSA Film Friday 05.22.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 61

BSA Film Friday 05.22.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 61

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

Now screening :
1. SOFLES: Layers

BSA Special Feature: SOFLES: Layers

Without the pomposity and subtle class-conscious signaling that those Youtube ads for MasterClass use to coat their appeal with, here is Australia’s master of myriad graffiti styles, SOFLES, giving you the inside look at tools and techniques for his craft with confidence and flair.  

Yes, he’s spraying and showing you the right caps to use, but if this hadn’t been abundantly clear before, this discipline is as much about choreography and parry and thrust as it is anything involving paint and hue. Here are the details, the product of knowledge and history, his 10,000 hours.

Technology has enabled the ease of this conveyance of knowledge in a way that early graffiti writers couldn’t have dreamed, and the classroom here is amply captured and framed for you by director/editor/artist/instructor Colin Mckinnon (@profetsone), but it is also the mindset of a generation so far removed from graffiti’s roots that enables SOFLES to instruct us this way as well as his personal character.

Generous in his instinct to share with you, SOFLES gives all to his gesture, his handstyling, his tracing of contour, his building of volume, application of dimension and texture, his sweep, his footwork. Did he just perform a pirouette?

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BSA Film Friday: 05.15.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 54

BSA Film Friday: 05.15.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 54

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

Now screening :
1. AKUT: “Isolated”

BSA Special Feature: AKUT (plus 37) “ISOLATED”

A thrilling and educational flight through the private studio spaces of artists at home in isolation – what’s not to like? Guess which of your favorite artists studios are included?

“I worked on this film the past three weeks together with 37 artists from all over the globe,” says Street Artist AKUT. The call for response during his own family’s isolation resulted in an astounding 37 artists answering from all over the world.

AKUT, otherwise known as the urban contemporary artist and photographer Falk Lehmann – and founder of the legendary German graffiti collective Ma’Claim and half of the artistic duo Herakut – was suffering from isolation. Usually he’s out with the rest of the big name Street Artists going to exhibitions, festivals, working on commission.

Suddenly in March, stop us if you’ve heard this story, it all went “THUD”.

A social animal, AKUT says he loves the time home with his wife and three kids, but he felt locked out and detached from the adventures of painting that he had become so energized by.

“Those nice little (business) trips to locations at the end of the world, not for money, but for the place you would otherwise never have the chance to travel to, sound really awesome, don’t they?” he asks. “Even if the lift turns out to be a soul catcher, if the material arrives three days later and there was no giant tree in front of the wall on the photos you received beforehand and planed your project with. You start to appreciate the freedom to travel, to go far away from your daily duties at home… You meet colleagues and role models, old and new friends, who you share unforgettable experiences with.”

ISOLATED (part I), an infinite loop to despair

Here’s the idea with the 37 artists who joined in – please take a time laps shot through your studio, that is not longer than 4 seconds – but still challenging, because they had to move really slow and avoid vivid movements. Some artists took recording after recording and it still wasn’t optimal. However, in the end and after some long hours of editing and learnings the finished short film came out as a proof for the principle of mentalism. Sliding through the contrasting and inspiring studios as lively spaces in constant use by the respective artists felt refreshing and very comforting. It symbolizes the connection of all individuals being part of an universal infinite, living mind, in which you don’t necessarily need to check in physically. It’s always out there.

WE ARE ONE INFINITE, LIVING MIND (ISOLATED part II)

Credits

WE ARE ONE INFINITE, LIVING MIND (ISOLATED part II)

short film by AKUT, 2020

Idea and Editing: 

AKUT https://instagram.com/akut_herakut

Camera (participating artists):

@Adnate Melbourne, Australia

@Akut_herakut Berlin, Germany

@AndreasEnglundArt Falun, Sweden

@apolotorres São Paulo, Brazil

@23base Berlin, Germany

@bezt_etam & @nataliarakart Turek, Poland

@cantwo Wuppertal, Germany

@cristianblanxer Barcelona, Spain

@conorsaysboom London, UK

@craola Torrance, California

@daniel_man_codeak Munich, Germany

@spurcus_am Erfurt, Germany

@douglas_greed Berlin, Germany

@drewmerritt Saint Vrain, New Mexico

@hueman_ Oakland, California

@james_bullough Berlin, Germany

@kameahadar Hawai
@kevinledo Montreal, Canada

@kkade_schwarzmaler Bern, Switzerland

@louismasai Margate, UK

@low_bros Hamburg, Germany

@mad_c1 Halle, Germany

@marc_jung_ Erfurt, Germany

@ztm_oruam San Antonio, Texas

@telmomiel Amsterdam & Rotterdam, Netherlands

@mikedargas Los Angeles, California

@natepaints Los Angeles, California

@nunoviegas.pt Quarteira, Portugal

@onurpainting Berlin, Germany

@paola_delfin & @mateusbailon Itajaí, Brazil

@heypatyeah Detroit, Michigan

@rickyleegordon Sri Lanka

@suiko1 Hiroshima, Japan

@wes21_schwarzmaler Bern, Switzerland

@waone_interesnikazki Kiev, Ukraine

@markus_wow123_genesius Bremen, Germany

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BSA Film Friday: 05.08.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 47

BSA Film Friday: 05.08.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 47

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

Now screening :
1. Kraftwerk: Pop Art, Remembering Florian Schneider

BSA Special Feature: Kraftwerk: Pop Art, Remembering Florian Schneider

They predicted what music would sound like and what the world would look like, fifty years before it happened. Merging man, machine and avant garde theatric sensibilities, these where the young artists were at the forefront of imagining and creating the future while residing inside a completely different one and enduring the overconfident and snide dismissals – later to be followed by the masses.

Florian Schneider, Karl Bartos, Wolfgang Flür and Ralf Hütter in Rotterdam.
copyright Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

Over time, with critical embrace by the recognized academic and institutional authorities who were finally catching on decades later, the group itself was transformed in the eyes of global culture as a work of art.

Oh, the influence they have had; Karl Bartos, Wolfgang Flür, Ralph Hütter and Florian Schneider. Countless musicians in many genres point to their ground breaking sound for inspiration on thousands of pieces.

The Face Magazine, “The Werk Ethic” (Issue 23, March 1982)

Somewhere between the Black Forest and Cologne, the spirit of Kraftwerk swells and speeds and glides and calculates the upcoming curve up above on the Autobahn, this modern classicism sweeping minds and imaginations.

Our thoughts today to the family and friends of Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider, who passed away recently at 73. May all our young men and women who are creating today reach this age, and may they inspire us to imagine a future one.

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BSA Film Friday: 04.17.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 26

BSA Film Friday: 04.17.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 26

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

Now screening :
1. Vegan Flava – Signs on the Surface

BSA Special Feature: Vegan Flava – “Signs on the Surface”

Yes, we just passed the Easter/Passover holidays, and many parts of the Northern Hemisphere have already burst into Spring.

In Sweden, it takes a little longer to get to seeing flowers and new grass.

Street Artist Vegan Flava shares with us the product of a full winter of communing with a frozen lake – and finding a way to bring his street art skillz to the ice. Today in one video we present a sizeable compilation of various installations he did when the water was frozen, piled with snow.

He calls them “direct actions”.

“In these pieces I’ve mostly used biodegradeable chalk spray,” he says, “a shovel and ash on the ice and snow.” It’s good to know that he is caring for the earth while making his mark upon it.

In an eerily familiar way, the experience of being out there feels like many people feel right now in quarantine – free with their expansive thoughts and ideas on a never-ending canvas, but not quite comforted. With each text message and skull rendering in the snow, these actually begin to look like graffiti tags, enormous hidden clues to a larger story.

HEAL – Human Earth Animal Liberation. It’s a big aspiration, writ large across this lake. This is just one of his texts, his poems, his urgent slogans.

“With the winters’ first snowfall, billions of unique crystals fall in slow motion and cover the landscape,” he says. “It looks like a gigantic sheet of paper. It is beyond belief to be able to walk across the lake during the winter – the same that we swim in during summer. If these phenomena weren’t real, I would dream of things such as this and wish they existed.”

Vegan Flava – Signs on the Surface

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BSA Film Friday: 04.10.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 19

BSA Film Friday: 04.10.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 19

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

Now screening :
1. 2020 RPM / UNO

BSA Special Feature: 2020 RPM / UNO

An expert interconnector of textures and patterns of urban living and pop art sensibilities, the Italian Street Artist UNO captures the essence of his inside life during quarantine in a new brief video today.

A clicking time meter of life passing and the daily benchmarks that give shape to one continuous life in captivity, it’s the repetition that reveals the patterns, the subtle variations encoded in the DNA of living.

Here’s UNO in Rome, spinning at 2,020 revolutions per minute.

2020 RPM / UNO

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BSA Film Friday: 04.03.20 / Dispatch From Isolation #12 : Vermibus

BSA Film Friday: 04.03.20 / Dispatch From Isolation #12 : Vermibus

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

Now screening :
1. Vermibus Makes a Small Book of His Own Studies

BSA Special Feature: Vermibus Makes a Small Book of His Own Studies

If you are stuck inside and are looking for new projects, this may be a perfect excuse to create a collection of your works into a book, or a collage, a photo album, or a slide show.

There are endless ways to show off your work digitally using programs or as a simple video – and guess what? Lots of people are stuck at home looking at their screens so they may well have an extra moment to see your work too.

For example take a look at Berlin-based Street Artist Vermibus, whose ad takeovers we have written about and presented in talks endlessly for a decade around the world. This little project is just as personal and impressive in this format as any of his large-format subvertizing work.

“It is a simple video but very intimate,” Vermibus tells us, “where I show the beginning of my work process and how this one work evolved in the first months of tests.”

Vermibus “Studies”

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