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BSA Film Friday: 09.23.22

BSA Film Friday: 09.23.22

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

Now screening:
1. “Gilded Darkness” Fondazione Nicola Trussardi
2. Edoardo Tresoldi. Monumento. Procuratie Vecchie. Venice, Italy.
3. How To Make A Concrete Bike. Via DIY
4. Britain’s Long Goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II. via The New Yorker

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BSA Special Feature: “Gilded Darkness” Fondazione Nicola Trussardi

“An Omni-comprehensive, multimedia spectacle,” says Massimiliano Gioni of Nari Ward’s ‘Gilded Darkness’ now on display at Centro Balneare Romano in Milan. The artistic director and the artist speak about the new exhibition that is on view until October 17th.

It’s part of an ongoing opportunity for artists to conceive of and build their sculptures and other installations in an environment that blends seamlessly into street culture, says Gioni.

We rediscover forgotten or hidden places in the neighborhoods of Milan and invite artists to intervene in these very charged and unusual spaces. The center is a complex of buildings dating back to the 1920s; a very beautiful mixture of metaphysical architecture and rationalist and modernist architecture,” he says.

Read more at Design Boom, who created this video.

“Gilded Darkness” Fondazione Nicola Trussardi

Edoardo Tresoldi. Monumento. Procuratie Vecchie. Venice, Italy.

“Monumental architecture is a composition that neglects function in order to ritualize a thought by means of a three-dimensional work. The history of peoples is that of a hereditary flow of rhetorical figures which continuously recur in cycles; they redefine their own meanings and establish symbolisms that we have not only learned to read but which, generation after generation, we have absorbed as a sort of latent language of the collective unconscious.”

How To Make A Concrete Bike. Via DIY

Questions answered. That’s our job here. You were dying to learn how to make a concrete bike. You’re welcome.

Britain’s Long Goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II. Via The New Yorker

The largest funeral in modern memory, this week people said goodbye to the Queen

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BSA Film Friday: 09.16.22

BSA Film Friday: 09.16.22

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

Now screening:
1. Sofles / Elevate. By Sofles and Aftermidnight Film Co.
2. Queen Elizabeth II Almost Died / The Simpsons
3. SAABE, “I’M NOT DONE YET” Via Montana Colors

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BSA Special Feature: Sofles / Elevate. By Sofles and Aftermidnight Film Co.

Oh yes, the oppressive, stultifying, soul-sucking corporate office job. It deviously diminishes you, taking credit for your ideas, and uses a thousand cuts to demoralize you slowly but surely (human “resource”, anyone?). Australian graff/street artist Sofles plays the role here as a character lifted from a graphic novel; the unwilling cog in the machine whose urge to create bucks the system.

“Awesome editing and story!” says one of the hundreds of comments amassed on this 5-day-old video that suggests no one gives up on their dreams, especially you.

Sofles / Elevate. By Sofles and Aftermidnight Film Co.



Queen Elizabeth II Almost Died / The Simpsons
During this period of mourning where many are reflecting on QE II’s influence on society, culture, art, even Homer Simpson…



SAABE, “I’M NOT DONE YET”

Sabe knows. After three-plus decades getting up he has inspired a lot of fans and peers with his wild style writing in Europe, making him what some call a true legend from Copenhagen. He’s known for a wide range of styles, bombs, burners, and panels, seemingly talented at them all. Stay to the end, as they say, to hear some of the insights that he shares about himself, his work, and his life.

This is not your average graff head video because he keeps it real, even if painful to say or hear.

“I feel like I had a family.”

“Maybe I feel like a loser.. but Iam happy because I can paint.”

“I’m not done yet.”

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BSA Film Friday: 09.09.22

BSA Film Friday: 09.09.22

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

Now screening:
1. Beyond Walls Tour 2022 – Holyoke, Colorado. Via Tost Films
2. Beyond Walls Tour 2022 – Fall River, MA
3. Spray Daily: Fisheye Storys VOL. 1

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BSA Special Feature: Beyond Walls Tour 2022 – Fall River, MA and Holyoke, Colorado

A public mural campaign franchise of sorts, the Beyond Walls Tour. Nearly a cottage industry by now, mural festivals are streamlined into mural programs across towns and cities to draw interest in and perhaps spur a local financial boom while delivering cultural impact. Here today is a look at Holyoke, Colorado, and Fall River, Massachusetts as part of Beyond Walls. In the case of the 6-year campaign in Fall River, Beyond Walls appears as part of a revitalization effort that partners with public and private funds and brings in educational components and community engagement – all aligning with a goal to strengthen and build a ”Cultural Economy Plan”. Of course, none of this is possible without the artists.

Tost Films gives you a sense of the environment on the streets as artists this summer brought solid skills and vision to their work here.

Beyond Walls Tour 2022 – Holyoke, Colorado. Via Tost Films

Beyond Walls Tour 2022 – Fall River, MA. Via Tost Films

Spray Daily: Fisheye Storys VOL. 1

Returning to the roots of this democratic people’s art movement that is largely free of commercial interests, we check with some graffiti writers making their own contribution to public space.

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BSA Film Friday: 09.02.22

BSA Film Friday: 09.02.22

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

Now screening:
1. Do Not Feed the Pigeons, Antonin Niclass’s short film
2. Pigeon Fanciers in Brooklyn set to Chopin’s One Minute Waltz. Video by Jaime Rojo
3. Playing with pigeons on the sidewalks of Manhattan. Video by Jaime Rojo
4. Duke Riley performance with pigeons of “Fly By Night” in Brooklyn Navy Yard, 2016. Video by Jaime Rojo

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BSA Special Feature: For Your Consideration; Pigeons

We dedicate today’s edition of BSA Film Friday to the pigeons of the world, with a mix of film and still photography. The first offering is Antonin Niclass’s short film “Do Not Feed the Pigeons,” wherein a flock becomes a source of unexpected wonder for a group of weary travelers. Extra points for sound editing on this one. After the film we have the visual poetry of BSA’s own Jaime Rojo in short video and photography. Enjoy it.

Do Not Feed the Pigeons: A Moment of Magic, Courtesy of Pigeons / Via The New Yorker

Untitled. Pigeon. Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pigeon Fanciers in Brooklyn set to Chopin’s One Minute Waltz. Video by Jaime Rojo

Untitled. Pigeons. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Playing with pigeons on the sidewalks of Manhattan. Video by Jaime Rojo

Untitled. Pigeon. Jersey City, NJ. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Pigeons. Manhattan, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Duke Riley performance with pigeons of “Fly By Night” in Brooklyn Navy Yard, 2016. Video by Jaime Rojo

Untitled. Pigeon. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Pigeons. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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BSA Film Friday: 08.26.22

BSA Film Friday: 08.26.22

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

Now screening:
1. Bandaloop. Excerpts from Field. Part II of the multi-year work LOOM.
2. Bandaloop. FLOOD, World premiere.
3. Bandaloop. Redemption Too, at Least Some / A Work-in-Progress Collaboration from DBR and Bandaloop.
4. Bandaloop teams up with BMW to celebrate its headquarters’ 50th anniversary in Munich.

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BSA Special Feature: Bandaloop

As you survey the world of breaking (rocking) that blossomed in the Hip Hop era that enveloped graffiti writing among its elements, one may conclude that public performance itself has undergone revolution in the last 4 or 5 decades. A hybrid of rock-climbing, rappelling, parkour and high-flying feats, the vertical dance company has challenged expectations frequently in its battle with gravity – often in view of an awestruck public. This is redefining, reclaiming public space at its finest.

Bandaloop. Excerpts from Field. Part II of the multi-year work LOOM.

Bandaloop. FLOOD, World premiere.

Bandaloop. Redemption Too, at Least Some / A Work-in-Progress Collaboration from DBR and Bandaloop.

Bandaloop teams up with BMW to celebrate its headquarters’ 50th anniversary in Munich.

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BSA Film Friday 08.19.22

BSA Film Friday 08.19.22

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

Now screening:
1. Black Power in Hair: Babybangz
2. Hair on Fire – Emergency on Planet Earth
3. Land Graffiti or Grass Graffiti? Why Split Hairs? Saype via Arte.tv
4. When Hair Bands Wandered the Earth – “Hot for Teacher” – Mutoid Man

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BSA Special Feature: Black Power in Hair: Babybangz

“In a documentary by Juliana Kasumu, a group of Black women gathers at Babybangz salon to discuss natural hair, the impact of gentrification in New Orleans, and their personal journeys toward self-love.”

All bow to the power of hair.

Black Power in Hair: Babybangz



Emergency on Planet Earth

A new exhibition featuring artist from the graffiti/street art spheres is drawing attention to the fragile moment humans are in as we are reaping the harvest of years of abusing the Earth.  The show presents 12 different spaces in situ to address different environmental issues of our day. This is a time of emergency on Planet Earth.



Saype Documentary via Arte.tv



Hot for Teacher – Mutoid Man

It’s about time for Back-To-School shopping! It’s also time for bad attitude and unrequited misdirected hormones for your teacher, courtesy of heavy metal. Check out Gina Gleason on guitar!

Click HERE to learn more about Generation Equality Forum.

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BSA Film Friday 08.12.22

BSA Film Friday 08.12.22

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

Now screening:
1. Accelerating Progress for Gender Equality

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BSA Special Feature: Accelerating Progress for Gender Equality

A mural program to raise awareness of the Generation Equality Forum, we have today videos of murals created in Mexico City, Paris, and New York. A coalition of banks, social organizations, UN organizations, and nations, the Forum says that it has a five year plan culminating in 2026 that “is built around a Global Acceleration Plan  – a global road map for gender equality that aims to fulfil the promise of the Beijing Platform for Action and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It involves every sector of society – governments, civil society, private sector, entrepreneurs, trade unions, artists, academia and social influencers – to drive urgent action and accountability.”

“Generation Equality” Mural by Adry del Rocio. Mexico City, Mexico.

“Generation Equality” Mural by Lula Goce. Paris. France.

Generation Equality” Mural by Vinie. New York City.

Click HERE to learn more about Generation Equality Forum.

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BSA Film Friday: 08.05.22

BSA Film Friday: 08.05.22

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

Now screening:
1. Ñatinta Festival Comforts the Grieving and Brings “Ajayu” in Bolivia

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BSA Special Feature: Ñatinta Festival Comforts the Grieving and Brings “Ajayu” in Bolivia

It’s only August, so you have time to prepare for Ñatinta.

Its fascinating to see this outpouring; of public performance and art created during this festival in the General Cemetery in La Paz, Bolivia. Reaching through the depths of sorrow and despair, the living are here to pay tribute to the dead and our memories of them. The artists interact with the place, in some way facilitating the living.

A festival organized by artists and cultural workers with ties to urban art, the group named Perros Sueltos pulls together the talents and encourages collaboration. The results are outstanding. Participants share creatively, define personal and public space, and create dialogue and interconnectivity.

According to some Andean beliefs, the “ajayu” is the spirit of the deceased – which returns to earth during the festivity of all saints and may communicate with the living. It is a beautiful and comforting story that says the spirit doesn’t disappear but stays in communication, becoming a complement to life.

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BSA Film Friday: 07.29.22

BSA Film Friday: 07.29.22

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

Now screening:
1. Damien Hirst: The Currency and Burning Art
2. Paola Pivi: Statue of Liberty at The Highline Park in NYC
3. Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada: “Outsight

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BSA Special Feature: Damien Hirst: The Currency and Burning Art

Love me or hate me, please don’t stop talking about me. Just in time for currencies like the dollar and the pound to reduce to little more than colored paper: This cultural currency of this modern contemporary artist who is best known for colorful dots, sharks, and Banksy rumours is placed before you, courtesy Stephen Fry. To hear the marketing that goes into this release feels rather stunt-like, and just the kind of thing that the kids will adore. But they must make a choice of what kind of Damian Hirst artwork they would like…

Damien Hirst – The Currency and Burning Art



Paola Pivi: Statue of Liberty at The Highline Park in NYC

Possibly the oddest pairing of musical soundtrack and rapid fire documentation to accompany the making of a sculpture, this Emoji-faced statue of Liberty will surely confuse passersby as well.



Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada: “Outsight”

A ‘making-of’ video for this mural we brought you a couple of days ago, here is the artist at work.

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BSA Film Friday 07.22.22

BSA Film Friday 07.22.22

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

Now screening:
1. URBAN NATION 2022 – “Talking… & Other Banana Skins” – on FWTV
2. Flower Punk”- Azuma Makoto
3. JR: Can Art Change the World?

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BSA Special Feature: URBAN NATION 2022 – “Talking… & Other Banana Skins” – on FWTV

In his first official visit back to Urban Nation since its opening in 2017, Fifth Wall host Doug Gillen finds a more democratic collection of artists from various points in the street art/urban art constellation. That impression is understandable due to the heavy presence of commercial interests involved in the selection of bankable street art stars and OGs chosen to represent five decades of graffiti/street art at the opening of a new institution dedicated to the scene. Curators were careful to program several relative unknowns and lesser-recognized artists into that initial grab-bag collection, but we take the point.

It’s refreshing to hear the current show’s curator Michelle Houston speak about her personal and professional philosophy toward street art and our collective relationship to it. A hybrid of the existing UN permanent collection and new works, it comes off as a rather wholistic approach that respects more players and their contribution to what has proven to be a very democratic grassroots art movement on streets around the world.

With decidedly less focus on the ever-more codified, commodified, and blue-chip-ivy-league-endorsed criterion of exclusivity that plagues the ‘art world’, this varied collection may represent a retaining wall against trends we witness that threaten to erect the same sort of structures of exclusivity that unbridled art-in-the-streets set out to destroy. Of course, every modern counterculture eventually gets transformed on its way to accepted culture, and we’re somewhat resigned to that reality. However rather than zapping the life out of the free-wheeling nature of graffiti and street art, Urban Nation may be staking a claim of departure from peers to defend some of those original tenets – in this insistently self-defining scene.

URBAN NATION 2022 – “Talking… & Other Banana Skins” – Exhibition Review | FWTV



“Flower Punk”- Azuma Makoto

And speaking of every modern counterculture that eventually gets transformed on its way to accepted culture, we present the Punk Florist, artist Azuma Makoto, who uses plants in a sculptural manner. It is a practice that he hopes can connect humanity and nature. It may help if you are listening to Dead Kennedys or Black Flag – or perhaps something more industrial, or no-wave. But when he and his team send a ragged bundle of beauty literally into space, all bets are off. It’s a new game.



JR: Can Art Change the World?

In yet another TED talk, JR speaks for himself.

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BSA Film Friday: 07.15.22

BSA Film Friday: 07.15.22

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

Now screening:
1. Turnout – Michael Van Swearingen
2. ENTER via Graffiti TV
3. Carlos Mare – 12 Levels of Graffiti: Easy to Complex

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BSA Special Feature: Turnout – Michael Van Swearingen

Motion Designer Michael Van Swearingen somehow converts graffiti culture into a loveable squishy clean place to break the law, and breaks your heart gently doing so. “Tobin and Sven are street artists involved in a shady lifestyle as middle-men. After Tobin announces leaving his criminal past behind, along with the city, they proceed to finish one last drop off of an unmarked bag. Upon entering a graffiti soaked alley way, they’re confronted by a police officer and make a run for it. Ducking and diving through the glowing alley, they make their way towards a trainyard. With the cops following close behind, a split second decision decides their future.”

Turnout – Michael Van Swearingen



ENTER via Graffiti TV

Mexican graffiti futurist is a cyber punk influenced by Japanese style. Part of the 217 crew, Enter here shows you some of his tricks on this new flick from Graffiti TV.



Carlos Mare – 12 Levels of Graffiti: Easy to Complex via WIRED

NYC Old Skool graffiti originalist Mare 139 schools us all on the 12 Levels of graffiti. Everybody listen up.

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BSA Film Friday: 07.08.22

BSA Film Friday: 07.08.22

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

Now screening:
1. Invader: Invasion Potosi, Mission 4000
2. A VHILS Reel edited by Jose Pando Lucas/Solid Dogma
3. Os Gemeos: “El dibujo es el alma de todo proceso” (Drawing is the soul of every process)

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BSA Special Feature: Invader: Invasion Potosi, Mission 4000

Llamas, demons, Scoopy Doo, the Clash.

The French Invader, with his Western symbols painted with tiles takes you to Potosi, one of the highest cities in the world. “Located in Bolivia at 4000m above sea level it was a perfect place to install the 4000th space invader,” says the artist.

Invader installs his 4000 space invader in Potosi, Bolivia.

A VHILS Reel edited by Jose Pando Lucas/Solid Dogma

Os Gemeos: “El dibujo es el alma de todo proceso” (Drawing is the soul of every process). Via Domestika.

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