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BSA Film Friday: 12-03-21

BSA Film Friday: 12-03-21

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

Now screening:
1. DETOKS & GENOM, “NOT BIGGER, NOT BETTER …BUT MORE”
2. RERO @ Espace D’art Montresso in Marrkesh
3. Virgil Was Here. His Last Collection for Louis Vuitton in Miami Beach. November 30th, 2021

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BSA Special Feature: DETOKS & GENOM, “NOT BIGGER, NOT BETTER …BUT MORE”

“Detoks and Genom form a deadly duo that has been claiming prominent highway spots around Barcelona for some time now.” And with guys like this, there is always so much more to the story.

DETOKS & GENOM, “NOT BIGGER, NOT BETTER …BUT MORE”

RERO @ Espace D’art Montresso in Marrakesh

“It’s about getting rid of the superfluous and focusing on the essential,” says RERO as he describes his new exhibition at Montresso Foundation.

Virgil Was Here. His Last Collection for Louis Vuitton in Miami Beach. November 30th, 2021

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BSA Film Friday: 11.26.21

BSA Film Friday: 11.26.21

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

Now screening:
1. Nadia Vadori-Gauthier / Une minute de danse par jour / Danse 2504
2. Os Gemeos: Secrets – Ep. 04

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BSA Special Feature: Nadia Vadori-Gauthier in an Autumnal Dance

As if a response to the excesses of many Thanksgiving celebrations yesterday, here is dancer and performer Nadia Vadori-Guathier with a new autumnal “minute de danse” to inspire us all to get off the couch and at least go for a walk – or a dance, or fall to the ground in a pile of leaves.

Nadia Vadori-Gauthier / Une minute de danse par jour / Danse 2504

OsGemeos: Segredos – Ep. 04

And now, Back to Skool with OSGEMEOS in Episode 4 of their new series.

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BSA Film Friday: 11.19.21

BSA Film Friday: 11.19.21

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

Now screening:
1. Monumental Shadows: Rethinking Colonial Heritage
2. Os Gemeos: Secrets – Ep. 03

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BSA Special Feature: Monumental Shadows: Rethinking Colonial Heritage

Last month we covered this Berlin-based project addressing the staining effect of colonialism and racism on everything we see and the structures that we interact with and are formed by today in so-called Western culture. To see the documentary progression of the project and hear the voices of those who executed it is powerful – and instructive.

“We have to deal with people who feel entitled to exclude other people from participation, from conversation, from civil rights, from society, from history,” say Various and Gould.

Brilliant pieces and campaigns like this that require so much time and energy and resources are carefully planned and considered, and quietly have the opportunity and potential to change hearts and minds – even to alter the course of history.

Read more about the project here: Various & Gould Tackle Racism and Colonialism in Berlin with “Monumental Shadows”

OSGEMEOS: SEGREDOS – Ep. 3

“It’s nice that the story isn’t made from one point of view. There are many accounts, and from various elements,” says artist Soberana Ziza, and you suddenly realize that this is the very dynamic that makes this series by OSGEMEOS about Hip Hop so ardently insistent on grabbing your attention, and communicating the steely core of a culture born from our common streets.

There are many voices that make a scene, and not only the loudest ones, and that is an important quality that gives such resonance to this scene over time, wherever it grows. Here we get a brief look at the inherent misogyny evidenced in society generally, and therefore in the culture of Hip Hop specifically.

Are we surprised? “What place is not hostile to women,?” asks Soberana Ziza.

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BSA Film Friday: 11.12.21

BSA Film Friday: 11.12.21

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

Now screening:
1. Don’t Choose Extinction – UNDP | United Nations | Jack Black | Climate Action.
2. Os Gemeos: Secrets – Ep. 02
3. Hypercourt Dendermonde

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BSA Special Feature: Don’t Choose Extinction

“The world spends an astounding US$423 billion annually to subsidize fossil fuels for consumers – oil,…”

There is not really a lot to say after that.

Os Gemeos: Secrets – Ep. 02

Possibly more important anthropologically than their autobiographical artworks, OSGEMEOS has given us all a huge gift with this new series that documents the rise of hip hop culture at the precise juncture where it intersects with another city far away to the south. Through precise, on-point interviews, they point the spotlight on the crucial elements that formed and pushed “the culture” forward internationally, and personally.

Hypercourt Dendermonde

In the small city of Dendermonde in Belgium, the magic of the drone is helping to bring the new trend of painting basketball courts to video. Literally it seems like we are seeing one per week from all over the world – This one is with the Viewmasters2021 Project, which also created 5 murals around the city, along with this court designed and executed by Drukdoenerij (http://www.drukdoenerij.be) in collaboration with curator of the project Bart Warnier of Whamoffice.

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BSA Film Friday: 11.05.21

BSA Film Friday: 11.05.21

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

Now screening:
1. CROSSROADS: Life in the Resilient City from Nils Clauss and Neil Dowling
2. VHILS – MEXICO A Film by Jose Pando Lucas
3. OS GEMEOS: SECRETS – Episode 01 – All paths lead to São Bento

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BSA Special Feature: CROSSROADS: Life in the Resilient City

To live anywhere for any period, one needs to develope a certain resiliency, maybe even a strong cortex. During the Seoul Biennialle on Architecture and Urbanism this year, responsible urban growth was focused upon like never previously – with people and systems at their core.

“Five cities. Five stories. This documentary looks at the urban experience from the perspective of people living at the interface of the changing world. In New York, Seoul, Mumbai, Paris and Nairobi creativity and imagination is necessary to survive and thrive as the cities they live in constantly evolve.”

This is the narrative based on CROSSROADS : Building the Resilient City by
Dominique Perrault, General Director of Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021

CROSSROADS: Life in the Resilient City from Nils Clauss and Neil Dowling

VHILS – MEXICO A Film by Jose Pando Lucas

“I met a witch. The most beautiful of all witches,” begins the latest fable by VHILS, as he travels from his home in Portugal to this land, one of magic and realism. Directed by Jose Pando Lucas.

OS GEMEOS: SECRETS – Episode 01 – All paths lead to São Bento

Here is a secret from the twins that you may not have known: all paths lead to São Bento. There are more secrets to be revealed here as the retelling of the genesis tales of graffiti and hip hop culture continue to come forth and to take their rightful position in the history that formed our culture today.

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BSA Film Friday: 10.29.21

BSA Film Friday: 10.29.21

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

Now screening:
1. Shepard Fairey Talks About New Collaboration with Martha Cooper During Studio Visit via New Deal
2. “Landless Stranded” by Pejac

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BSA Special Feature: Shepard Fairey Talks About New Collaboration with Martha Cooper During Studio Visit via New Deal

BSA is proud to debut a new collaborative print with Shepard Fairey and Shepard Fairey – a true honor really. Released by Urban Nation today it is a print made from a brand new original artwork commissioned for the Urban Nation Museum and our exhibition “Martha Cooper: Taking Pictures”.

During his development of the canvas last year Shepard was interviewed in Studio Number 2 by New Deal. See this video and you can learn a little about the new print going on sale today.

Shepard Fairey Studio Visit via New Deal

“Landless Stranded” by Pejac

As long as we’re in Berlin, we’ll be checking out PEJACs new show here this week and of course, we’ll be heading out to Holy Cross Church to see this powerful new public statement, “Landless Stranded.”

“As most people are familiar with distressing scenes involving refugees only through television images, it’s a bewildering sight to behold in an urban setting, high above street level. It’s as though reality has been dismantled in one location and anomalously constituted anew somewhere else,” says Pejac.

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BSA Film Friday: 10.22.21

BSA Film Friday: 10.22.21

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

Now screening:
1. Ocean Cleanup: “That’s A Big A** Catch”
2. PichiAvo: Venus de Mil in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
3. ASVP in NYC via Tost Films

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BSA Special Feature: Ocean Cleanup: “That’s A Big A** Catch”

Are you looking for career fulfillment? To do work that actually matters? Here’s a path you may look into. Just look at the reactions and the faces of the people involved.

“The crew offshore in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch achieved our largest ocean plastic catch to date in a single extraction with System 002 on September 22nd, 2021. This load amounts to 3.8 tons and concludes the last short test of the campaign.”

Ocean Cleanup: “That’s A Big A** Catch”

PichiAvo: Venus de Mil in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

A fresh new wall from the dynamic duo PichiAvo in Largo da Batata square in São Paulo. One of their strongest works to date, for the Nalato Festival.

ASVP in NYC via Tost Films

Filmmaker Mario of Tost Films captures a brand new abstract wall by Brooklyn’s own ASVP.

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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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