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BSA Film Friday 01.07.21

BSA Film Friday 01.07.21

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

Now screening :
1. Medicos Del Mundo #Esperanza #AlwaysHope
2. SOFLES / The Minibus (feat. Treas)
3. SpY / Luna


BSA Special Feature: Medicos Del Mundo #Esperanza #AlwaysHope

Today we present an inspiring video that reaches all the corners of the world – which is where Doctors of the World goes. The organization looks past the geographic and political barriers to care for all of us. Here film directors, directors, and artists – across five continents – participate in telling lived stories of people on the front line.

Learn more about MedicosDelMundo here.

SOFLES / The Minibus (feat. Treas)

New graffiti porn from Brisbane this week as Sofles and Treas take camping to a new dimension in aerosol madness. The team of Grug & Bustaflux keep the audio details and effects tight with camerawork that trips and makes the heart skip by After Midnight Film.

SpY / Luna

Can you trust your eyes? Is that the moon?

SpY draws an indirect connection to the moon and the television depictions of 1969 showing a team of astronauts landing on it. The Madrid installation artist uses the simplest of gestures to make clarion statements. Installed on one of the construction cranes of the fifth tower of the Caleido complex in the north of Madrid, SpY hangs the moon in the sky with an inflatable nylon structure illuminated with high intensity LED system.

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BSA Film Friday 12.11.2020

BSA Film Friday 12.11.2020

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

Now screening :
1. “About William Lanson” – David de la Mano in Connecticut
2. Orestis Pangalos: Greek Graffiti Animation Lyric Video.
3. Pep Williams x RISK
4. Danny Hathaway’s version of “This Christmas” now Animated!

BSA Special Feature: “About William Lanson” – David de la Mano in Connecticut

The Uruguayan muralist David de la Mano was in Connecticut last month to paint a new mural in his signature silhouetted style that evokes local wildlife and the historical coastline and industrial past of this northeastern city of 130,000.   

Although his figure is not featured in the mural and the connection may not be obvious to a passerby, the project design intends to honor the 19th century entrepreneur, engineer and industrial leader in New Haven, a black man named William Lanson, who built the Long Wharf and was an advocate for racial equity.

Orestis Pangalos: Greek Graffiti Animation Lyric Video.

Add another to the Graffiti Hall of Fame record books – An all-Greek graffiti animation lyric came out just before the Covid collapse, almost as a prophetic pre-cursor to the world we would soon inherit.

The creator and director is Orestis Pangalos, an old graffiti writer, co-editor of ‘The History of Graffiti in Greece’ book series, a Ph.D., and professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The lyrics of the song are brandished across every surface in a post-industrial wasteland, the words from ‘Darkness is not Black’ by old-school rapper λ.ο.σ.

“Locations, atmospheres, and symbolisms were chosen to make each particular sentence correspond with its spatial context,” he says. “However, in a sense it sometimes (sadly) seemed like its verbal and visual references were coinciding with the current year’s events.”

The video is one part of and the result of an extensive multi-year project undertaken by Pangalos that may draw you deeper into the motivations and philosophies that inspire his work. You can find many of the lyrics translated at @darkness_diaries IG account where the making of the video is chronicled.

Pep Williams x RISK:

Photographer Pep Williams sent us this new video; “A collaboration with me and infamous graffiti artist RISK.”

Danny Hathaway’s version of “This Christmas” now Animated!

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BSA Film Friday: 12.04.20

BSA Film Friday: 12.04.20

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

Now screening :
1. Fintan Magee / Nothing Make Sense Anymore / A Selina Miles Film
2. Aufstieg (Rise) by Eginhartz
3. Nadia Vadori-Gauthier “Une Minute de Danse” For The Art And Culture.

BSA Special Feature: Fintan Magee / Nothing Make Sense Anymore

What a fantastic title! The narration of selective outtakes from the news, from the artist, from the atmospheric music – quickly take you here.

“I didn’t have to develop any grand themes or concepts around the work. I just knew I was going to paint a plant every day,” say street artist/muralist/painter Fintan Magee as he describes the structure he put in place of the unstructured life that Covid foisted upon him. “It kind of became almost a daily meditation.”

“Too much chaos this year to string any common narrative,” he says. “Or maybe chaos is the narrative.”

Fintan Magee / Nothing Make Sense Anymore / A Selina Miles Film.

Aufstieg (Rise) by Eginhartz

From Austria, Eginhartz gives us Aufstieg, a video performance meant as an ironic comment on the psychological interplay between the rapacious development of drones and the stubborn attitude of brutalist architecture.

Here’s the artists attempt “to contrast the massive aesthetic of a brutalist residential block with a poetic gesture. The coexistence of nature and ruins is broken here by the action of a protagonist.”

“The coexistence of nature and ruins is broken here by the action of a protagonist.”

Nadia Vadori-Gauthier “Une Minute de Danse” For The Art And Culture.

An ongoing performance of poetry from your favorite French street choreographer, Nadia Vadori-Guthier. This time she brings friends!

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BSA Film Friday: 11.20.20

BSA Film Friday: 11.20.20

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

Now screening :
1. “Strength” from Pejac
2. Chant – Faith XVII
3. Spells, The Salton Sea – Faith XLVII
4. EDOARDO TRESOLDI, An Interview

BSA Special Feature: “Strength” from Pejac

Santander, Spain has suffered from COVID, of course, as has most of the country. Local street artist PEJAC says he wanted to contribute to his local hospital, the University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla, by painting in public areas for people to enjoy. He says the common theme that unites the three distinctly different styles he used, is Strength.

“It’s a gesture of gratitude to the heath workers of Valdecilla, for their work in general and during this Covid crisis in particular,” says PEJAC

PEJAC / STRENGTH

FAITH XLVII / CHANT

Reliably enigmatic, street artist Faith XVII is using the medium of video to add impressions and associations to her works here on a text series called “Chant”. The irony of using the letter C that may call to mind Chase bank is drawn tighter as you see neighborhoods and walls probably redlined by corporate banks, or targeted for annihilation through neglect. In the context of our older societies, one may see in her work the power of chanting to focus a larger group to act in union with purpose, and power.

SPELLS / SALTON SEA / FAITH XLVII

60 miles south of Palm Springs, California, the Saltan Sea is disappearing, it’s shore moving miles in only a couple of decades, along with its population. Faith XVII is a Californian these days and she is here pondering the “beach” that remains, full of mercury, arsenic, selenium. California’s largest inland body of water now turns into dust, and Faith pours herself into the soil and the air that carries it; and the drought, well…  How this translates to her art on the street or in the studio, it is in alignment with her ongoing concerns about climate change – and you can be sure this project will appear again in her work.

EDOARDO TRESOLDI, An Interview

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BSA Film Friday: 11.13.20

BSA Film Friday: 11.13.20

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

Now screening :
1. A Series of TEMPERAMENTS / GONZALO BORONDO

BSA Special Feature: A Series of Temperaments from Gonzalo Borondo

As foul and as fickle and as steady and as sublime as the weather, so are the many temperaments of humankind. Seizing upon religious and scientific relics and our own yet rudimentary understanding of ourselves, Borondo brilliantly blends his ongoing experimentation with light, electricity, and layers of carved glass. Singular in the manner of its gentle pulsating, these new pieces are peculiar and familiar: at once alive, a laboratory specimen. Each temperament is deeply rooted in medicine and literature, all still encased in mystery.

TEMPERAMENTS / GONZALO BORONDO

TEMPERAMENTS / CHOLERIC / GONZALO BORONDO

TEMPERAMENTS / MELANCHOLIC / GONZALO BORONDO

TEMPERAMENTS / PHLEGMATIC / GONZALO BORONDO

TEMPERAMENTS / SANGUINE / GONZALO BORONDO

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BSA Film Friday: 11.06.20

BSA Film Friday: 11.06.20

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

Now screening :
1. SOFLES: Raw Brick
2. Conor Harrington: The Patriot. Video by Chop ’em Down Films
3. Sao Paulo Pinacoteca: Os Gemos Reopening

BSA Special Feature: SOFLES: Raw Brick

While much of the western world is waiting around to see who wins the presidential election and wonders where this much vaunted civil war is taking place (Rachel?), let’s have a mental vacation with SOFLES as he shows us a graffiti piece being painted on a raw brick wall. The rich green, the deep purplllleeee…… Ahhhhhh.

SOFLES: Raw Brick


Conor Harrington: The Patriot. Video by Chop ’em Down Films

The Irish immigrants were once treated as badly as the Mexicans are now in America. Now one of them is lecturing on blind patriotism in the US in this new video by Chop ’em Down Films.


Sao Paulo Pinacoteca: Os Gemeos Reopening

In a genuine shifting of fortunes, Brazilian twin graffiti writers OS GEMEOS were once on the run from authorities for their artworks in Sao Paulo. Here to welcome their massive exhibition, is a video sponsored by Sao Paulo’s State Government.

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BSA Film Friday: 10.30.20

BSA Film Friday: 10.30.20

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

Now screening :
1. Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada: Somos La Luz (We Are The Light)
2. Vegan Flava: Migration In The Anthropocene
3. “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock – Diner Scene

BSA Special Feature: Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada: Somos La Luz (We Are The Light)

“This project is very personal to me. I have lost friends due to Covid 19. During the process of creating this portrait, I was able to meet Dr.Decoo´s family. I saw firsthand their immense sorrow for his loss. His life faded away just as the portrait I created was meant to fade away. Too many frontline workers are in danger of fading away. We must realize that this is in part due to the reality of institutional racism. I have seen the effects of poverty and marginalization. We must come together to address this reality.” – JRG

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada: Somos La Luz (We Are The Light)

Vegan Flava: Migration In The Anthropocene

Maybe its because this weekend is Halloween but this promo video for street artist/land artist Vegan Flava may bring to mind another movie from this time of year.

“The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock – Diner Scene

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BSA Film Friday: 10.23.20

BSA Film Friday: 10.23.20

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

Now screening :
1. CURA 2020 – Daiara Tukano, Lídia Viber, Diego Mouro e Robinho Santana.
2. CURA 2020 / Jaider Esbell “Entidades”
3. CURA 2018 / HYURO

BSA Special Feature: CURA and their 5th Festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

A community powered consortium of public, private and corporate interests have been sponsoring the CURA festival in Belo Horizonte since 2017, producing some of the most massive murals you will see in festivals around the world. It is an interesting mix of local and international artists, many with social messages. Additionally they produce small workshops and panels, and sometimes large parties for attendees.

Today just a taste of the artists from CURA

CURA 2020 – Daiara Tukano, Lídia Viber, Diego Mouro e Robinho Santana.

CURA 2020 / Jaider Esbell “Entidades”

Are they kissing? This 17 meter installation features two serpentine creatures adorning the bridge here with “Entidades” CURA says that “Jaider Esbell is the first indigenous artist to present a sculpture in a public art festival”.

CURA 2018 / HYURO

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BSA FILM FRIDAY: 09.16.20

BSA FILM FRIDAY: 09.16.20

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

Now screening :
1. PAREES FEST 2020 / Manolo Mesa / Video by Titi Muñoz. Homage to the porcelain factory of San Claudio
2. Traz by Stéphane_Koyama-Meyer: Global Warning – Mobiles
3. Cosplay for Pets? Cospets!

BSA Special Feature: Manolo Mesa and His Homage to a Porcelain Factory in San Claudio

With his new mural dedicated to the pottery of San Claudio, Manolo Mesa finds time for the forgotten stories that are hosted within the family china. A most unusual topic to feature at a mural festival, he brings the unique perspective of our relationship with the quotidian and elevates it to a public discussion here in Oviedo, Asturias for Parees Festival.

The video tells it with insight, letting you observe the artist at work, following his body language as he shoots his source images tells you all you need to know. He had wanted to paint this topic since got to see an abandoned pottery factory in San Claudio; deeply impacted by its ruins, its molds – like the pyramids.

Traveling here from Bilbao, Manolo arrived in Oviedo a few days early to educate himself about regional history through various collections of tableware in houses in this city.

He learned that the pottery factor had provided many jobs throughout this region with its molds, glazes, tracings, and hand-painted decorations in a time when popular painters from the area were counted on to represent in very collections. He found postwar pieces that were inherited and preserved and he saw the tableware of a lifetime preserved from the middle of the century.

The resulting mural speaks to our knowledge of our own everyday objects, their provenance, and their true significance in the culture.

PAREES FEST 2020 / Manolo Mesa / Video by Titi Muñoz. Homage to the porcelain factory of San Claudio

Traz by Stéphane_Koyama-Meyer: Global Warning – Mobiles

Not quite as common as aerosol and wheatpastes and stencils, the smartly placed sculpture on the street can leave a lasting impression. Somehow, even though they can be just as illegal as other works of street art, these pieces are often afforded a wider berth in the patience of the public and law enforcement, as if their extended permanence makes them somehow not vandalism. Maybe it’s the sense of commitment and the sheer physical effort required to create. Here is a closeup on the work process of text-lover Traz- a homemade sort of video without sound that catches him in the creative zone creating and installing his mobiles.

Cosplay for Pets? Cospets!

Undoubtedly you’ve been scratching your head and wondering what kind of costume your dog should wear to that upcoming Halloween party. Here are some outstanding sources of inspiration for theatrical and fashionable costumery for both cats and dogs from the designers who know their muse.

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BSA Film Friday: 10.09.20

BSA Film Friday: 10.09.20

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

Now screening :
1. XENZ – Concrete Jungle
2. Harsa Pati: Parees Fest 2020. Video by Titi Muñoz
3. Manu García ‘El Nolas’: Parees Fest 2020. Video by Titi Muñoz
4. COVITA

BSA Special Feature: XENZ and Hummingbirds in the Concrete Jungle in Oslo

“That’s the ethos of graffiti, I think,” says the British artist Xenz as he talks about his new project in Oslo, “You’ve got to have your own identity and push your own style, really.”

The new video from James Finucane and Street Art Oslo lets the artist speak about his process and his philosophy. He got into graffiti not out of murderous feelings of rebellion, necessarily, but rather an appreciation of possibility, and maybe even an attitude of celebration.

“It was about decorating these derelict warehouses – making them beautiful.”

“I’m trying to do something that is ironically pretty. Not quite twee,” he says as he answers the unasked questions that hardened graffiti writers may have when a fellow writer diverges from the typical activities that may define the modern archetype of a rebellious vandal who could care less about society.

“A hummingbird flying? – they’re like the most amazing things if you’ve ever seen one. It’s like ‘Let’s do that, instead of writing my name everywhere’,” he says.

So the sentiment is in alignment with how he describes a new public project with concrete columns in a margin of activity that most don’t consider a destination, only a through-point. Xenz says he chose a theme of nature reasserting itself to overtake the industry of humans. We all know that in the end, its nature will win, long after we destroy ourselves.

And did he like the experience of bringing his inside work outside? “It was a pleasure really – to have the opportunity to do what you do, there.”

XENZ – Concrete Jungle

Harsa Pati: Parees Fest 2020. Video by Titi Muñoz

Manu García ‘El Nolas’: Parees Fest 2020. Video by Titi Muñoz

COVITA

With apologies to Evita; HUMOR OR IN THIS CASE SATIRE OFTEN IS THE BEST ANTIDOTE…

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BSA Film Friday: 10.02.20

BSA Film Friday: 10.02.20

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

Now screening :
1. “Martha Cooper : Taking Pictures” Opening Night in Berlin at UN
2. Behind the Scenes home video from Nika Kramer

BSA Special Feature: “Martha Cooper : Taking Pictures” Opening Night in Berlin at UN

The exhibition is open!

Our sincere gratitude to Martha Cooper and all of the team who worked so hard to make this event happen at Urban Nation Museum (UN) in Berlin during this difficult year of Covid. We will thank them more in detail soon, but for now please enjoy the official LiveStream of “Martha Cooper: Taking Pictures”, directed by René Kaestner and his A-1 team at Red Tower Films, along with our eloquent hosts, Mick La Rock (Aileen Middel) and Falk Schacht .

“Martha Cooper : Taking Pictures” Opening Night in Berlin at UN. Behind the scenes footage via Nika Kramer

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BSA Film Friday: 09.25.20

BSA Film Friday: 09.25.20

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

Now screening :
1. Doug Gillen/Fifth Wall TV: Is New Brighton a future model for the British Sea Side Town?
2. Lidia Cao. Tribute to Dolores Medio. Parees Fest 2020
3. INDECLINE: On Second Thought. A reflection on gun violence in collaboration with artist David Fay.

BSA Special Feature: Visit a Sea Side Town with Doug Gillen

You can’t really send out a gilded invitation to your cousin Gentrification to come visit and be surprised when his emotionally draining wife and video-game playing snot-nosed kids are in the car with him.  When you use words like “platform” to describe art-washing of a town, and your organization has a “brand director”, there won’t be much surprise when the moneyed professionals complain that music at the curated-bar across the street is keeping their new baby awake at night.

Doug at Fifth Wall is more surreptitiously stealthy than ever, gradually upping his stealthy-stealthitude as he lets this story basically tell itself while posing as a merely curious art-fan.

The story is literally everywhere you look right now, and apolitical, non-confrontational Street Art and murals are almost always intercedent. A small town is sucked dry after decades of neo-liberal economics and back-room political deals, leaving a godless lot feeling listless and depressed without prospects for the future. Broad strokes, but you’ve undoubtedly heard the concept proffered by real estate investors that comes next.

“Yes there’s a commercial side to it but there is also very much a community element to what we’ve been doing,” says one male voice as the camera scans some run-down architecture with good bones and historical character. They’ve been buying up properties and “introducing a new independent concept into them”.

You predict what comes in this chapter; small portions of fussy food, art galleries, street art, vinyl!, kooky cafes with drip coffee and cold brew, clever grandma-anti-fashion fashion, artisanal cheeses, greater police presence and the occasional night-time social cleansing of hardscrabble types pushed into other neighborhoods.

Next step, edgy lifestyle brands will need some quirky space to set up shop.

“We’re trying to keep the big boys out of our little part of town.”  

“2020 is a year calling out for change,” says Doug in his wrap-up, but he knows this particular model is not at all new. It’s still a reaction to the devastation, and we all seem to be trapped in it. Even so, this can be a kind of rejuvenation that many small towns would ache for and there is reason to think that the formula can be configured to be more just to those who will get displaced – if you’re dedicated to it.

And your cousin Gentrification could be cool to hang out with, even if his very classy wife gently insults your wife and the décor of your home and the food you eat and the music you listen to.

Doug Gillen/Fifth Wall TV: Is New Brighton a future model for the British Sea Side Town?

Lidia Cao. Tribute to Dolores Medio. Parees Fest 2020

Lidia Cao paints a portrait of Dolores Medio, the Spanish writer, teacher, and journalist for the Parees Festival in Spain in this short video by Titi Muñoz.

INDECLINE: On Second Thought. A reflection on gun violence in collaboration with artist David Fay.

600 decommissioned weapons were combed over and refashioned by Las Vegas based artist David Fay into this semi-kinectic sculpture that recalls Rodin’s “The Thinker”. In an America that is fascinated by weapons, at least in movies and television, this sculpture may make people think, or not.

Produced by the amorphous art-activist group INDECLINE, the work had 58 bullets embedded in the shoulders as a somber reminder of the mass shooting in Mandalay Bay three years ago in Las Vegas.

From their press release: “The piece stands just over 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds. It took David Fay 4 months and over 750 man-hours to complete the piece.”

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