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BSA Film Friday 09.26.14

BSA Film Friday 09.26.14




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

Now screening :

1. ELLE by DEGA Films – “Wild in the Streets”
2. Royce by DEGA Films – “Wild in the Streets”
3. ESOW, AIKO, KAMI & SASU: Tokyo Art In The Streets MOCAtv
4. ARYZ X FineArts Magazine

BSA Special Double Feature:

The Premiere of ELLE and Royce
Latest releases from DEGA Film series “Wild in the Streets”

BSA Film Friday is proud to premiere not one but TWO new videos this week from the 6 mini-doc series begun by Dega Films two years ago. “The goal of the series is to give the viewer a general glimpse of how the artists work in their environment and their works themselves from a first‐person point of view,” say the Atlanta native founders who settled into the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn a couple of years ago. That was good time to witness the autonomous street art and graffiti scene that was pumping new stuff out weekly. and the film makers sought out and convinced various Street Artists to allow themselves to be followed and filmed in studio and on the street while doing their work, legal and illegal.

Free of verbal narration the videos concentrate on the actions and place of the artist in a fishbowl of human activity swimming all around them. The selections for soundtrack are increasingly dramatic to build a certain wild tension with the action – perhaps to paint the dramatic cat-and-mouse scenarios that dance in the head of the subject as they lurk in darkness  and shadow; at war with / at play with the rest of the world.  The most impressive scenes are when there is no music at all, and only the ebbing-flowing of street noise.

This weekend you will have the opportunity to witness a rare running of all 6 parts projected live on the streets! In a box truck fitted with a projector, Dega Films and Breaker Films will be hitting Williamsburg, Bushwick and DUMBO Saturday night and Little Italy Sunday night (free pizza while supplies last). To find out how to hook up with them on the street for some guerilla projecting follow them on Instagram @dega_films.

ELLE by DEGA Films – “Wild in the Streets”


Royce by DEGA Films – “Wild in the Streets”


Tokyo Art In The Streets MOCAtv

While in Norway this month we intersected a few times with Kenichi Yamamura, a film maker from Osaka who was shadowing every move of Toulouse based Street Artist TILT with his camera. Both he and his buddy plan to put out a 10 minute documentary on TILT later this year, which we hope to premiere here for you.

Ken also shared with us this very well done documentary he produced a little while ago with
Director Shinsuke Tatsukawa and Assistant Director Masashi Nagara about the scene in Tokyo, and they trace the path of a number of people who make art on the street there as well. ESOW, AIKO, and the duo KAMI & SASU all speak about the culture and the compelling forces that put them out in the street with paint in hand.

The attention here to small details, textures, composition, and the rhythm of the street quickly transports the viewer – and you become engrossed in the scene at the ground level.  Before you know it, this razor sharp story is over, and you realize how the creators’ thought process and storytelling has carried you gently to the end.


ARYZ X FineArts Magazine

Listen to Street Artist/ fine artist ARYZ as he contrasts his work in studio and on enormous walls here. He also speaks candidly about a few economic realities that enter into his equation when pursuing a career and he sheds some unfavorable light on people he calls parasitic who misrepresent themselves when inviting artists to participate in Street Art festivals.

“Some of these guys try to sell the idea that they are supporting this kind of ‘culture’ and in fact the last thing they care about is the artist.  These kind of people appear well in front of institutions because they are kind of cheap and they pay nothing to the artist,” he observes.

The Spanish artist also lays plainly the relationship between putting his art on walls and the demand that it creates from people who want to buy his studio work, so clearly there are opportunities created by these scenarios for the artist as well. The lamentations and observations continue through the end credits about the demands of producing large quantities of walls to remain relevant in the mind of the public – and naturally there is the discussion of the meaning of the term “street art” versus “contemporary art”.

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BSA Film Friday: 03.07.14

BSA Film Friday: 03.07.14



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

Now screening :

1. Icy & Sot “Art Pollution”
2. Stikki Peaches and Fashionable Storm Troopers
3. Shift & Shine. How to pimp your ride in Barcelona
4. Japanther x Droid “DO IT (don’t try it)”
4b. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Bob Dylan
5. Alice Pasquini in Tuffelo, Rome

BSA Special Feature: Icy & Sot “Art Pollution”

A short lively exposure to the brothers who have been cutting stencils and hopping roofs around the neighborhood lately, this new video follows Icy & Sot as they explore new and well run territory and put their own stamp on this moment.


Stikki Peaches and Fashionable Storm Troopers

A one minute short of Stikki Peaches wheatpasting the helmeted and fashionable storm troopers that you are now beginning to associate with the name.

Shift & Shine. How to pimp your ride in Barcelona

A D.I.Y. take on giving your bike a facelift with stuff bought at a flea market. Upgrade!


Japanther x Droid “DO IT (don’t try it)”

To promote the upcoming release by Japanther, it looks like Droid had a hand at multiple sticker slaps. Sort of recalls Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. This one features live hand drawing of all the lyrics on stickers that are then taken out into the street. See all the proper credits for this fine work on the Vimeo page.


Possibly the very first rap video, here’s Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” from 1965 with camera work by Bob Neuwirth and directed by D.A. Pennebaker. (Alan Ginsberg hangs out in the back)

Alice Pasquini in Tuffelo, Rome

Ever wonder what street life is like when you are painting your piece? It’s not quiet, if that is what you imagined. Every Tomazio, Shanequa, and Akim seems to come out of the woodwork to ask questions, discuss, and as you can see here, offer opinions. We always say that Street Art and public art and graffiti are all part of a conversation in the street, and here’s some evidence of that in Rome.

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BSA Film Friday 02.28.14

BSA Film Friday 02.28.14



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

Now screening :

1. Roti “To the New Ukraine”
2. Getting “GREASY” with Narcelio Grud
3. Mr. Toll from DEGA Films
4. NDA from DEGA Films
5. “I Can See You” in Iraq

6. Experimenting with Projection Mapping

BSA Special Feature:Roti “To the New Ukraine”

From Chris Cunnigham comes  this short version of a documentary that follows French Grafiti artist ‘Roti’ as he works on his most ambitious project to date, we get a glimpse of an untold side story in Ukraine’s revolutionary struggle.”

Read more about it on BSA here. A ‘New Ukraine’ Sculpture in Independence Square by Roti

Getting “GREASY” with Narcelio Grud

From the man who showed us how to paint with discarded fruits and vegetables, we see a sweetly crude painting with the one thing that is keeping the world running while simultaneously killing it. Narcelio takes on the sticky stuff and gets greasy.

Mr. Toll from DEGA Films

In a category all his own, Mr. Toll sculpts with his fingers the ironic and the naturally beautific (warning: may not be a word). Over the last 3 or 4 years, you could say prolific. The 3-D is a welcome variation, and surprisingly easy to overlook as a possible adornment deliberately placed there by a building owner.


N’DA from DEGA Films

Hard won street cred can sometimes be achieved one character at a time, no matter how brutishly plain or comically pequeno. What a character N’DA is! Painter, wheatpaster, illustrator, idiosyncratic outside artist – don’t underestimate and don’t overlook this one.


“I Can See You” in Iraq – A film by Sajjad Abbas

Translated as “I can see you” the giant eye placed on the top of this building is a way that was Street Artist Sajjad Abbas wanted to keep Iraqi politics on their best behavior. Even though he got permission from the government to install it, soon enough it had to come down because some people thought it had to do with the Freemasons. Here he offers an unvarnished direct recording of the installation and de-installation, less documentary than document.

Experimenting with Projection Mapping

From computational designer Lukas Z here is a fun example how much you can do with projection mapping and some pin tape these days on the street. Our forays into the projection world over the last 5 years tell us that this is one small example of the possible, but this is well realized.

File under
1. tape-art.
2. projection mapping.
3. audio responsive generative visuals.
4. openframeworks

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BSA Film Friday: 05.24.13

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

Now screening: Alice Pasquini in Italy, Rise and Fall of Street Art in Barcelona, Jaz “Cult to The Character”, and Enzo & Nio in New York.

BSA Special Feature:
Alice Pasquini at Memorie Urbane 2013 in Italy

Rise and Fall of Street Art in Barcelona: Trailer

These folks are raising funds to tell the story of how the Street Art scene in Barcelona has changed radically in the last half dozen years. The city appears to have celebrated the scene for a number of years but is now changing the tune as corporate advertisers pay for the same walls to communicate messages. Some call it a battle for public space. Others throw their hands in the air and call it gentrification.

Help the producers of the “Rise and Fall” documentary meet their goals. Click HERE to help.

Jaz “Cult to The Character” in Vienna

Street Artist/Fine Artist JAZ just completed this new piece in his inimitable style in coordination with his new show  that opened Wednesday in Vienna at Inoperable Gallery

Enzo & Nio in New York

The newest in the series of “Wild in the Streets” by Dega Films is here. They have 5 more days to go to reach their fundraising goal on Kickstarter if you would like to support the work.

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DEGA Films: “Quatro de Mayo” (Brooklyn, NYC)

The DEGA FILMS folks like your company. Please oblige them and be nice, after all they are throwing a party for you.  Not only do they make sick videos to introduce you to the work on the streets of the new crop of Street Artists they also know how to throw a party! All you have to do is show up, have fun and enjoy the art and the music.

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Film Friday 3.15.13

Aiko. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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

Now screening: Aiko “Edo Pop”, ART POLLUTION with: Overunder, Jilly Ballistic and The Yok & Sheryo


BSA Special Feature:

Aiko: “Sunrise” for The Japan Society exhibition “Edo Pop”

In this new video released by The Japan Society, Street Artist Aiko speaks about her work in the street and how it relates to the current exhibition inside the gallery space, and of course about stencilling and staying up all night painting on the street.

“I believe that my energy is transferring through the stencil onto the wall. It’s like a transferring ceremony,” she says.

Art Pollution

A new series of brief introductions to some Street Artists currently working in BK are here from Brooklyn’s talented new film group called Dega. So far the “Art Pollution” series features sharply edited quick sketches of Overunder, Jilly Ballistic, and the duo Yok and Sheryo.


Jilly Ballistic

The Yok & Sheryo

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BSA Film Friday 03.08.13

ESSAM (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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

Now screening: Drones and Street Artist Essam.


BSA Special Feature:

Drones, Rand Paul, and Street Artist Essam

Street Artists use their medium of message on the street sometimes to entertain, engage, or educate the passerby. Whether it’s a personal, cultural, or politically relevant message, often the work provides a mirror for us to look at and examine ourselves. Sometimes the sentiments are seemingly irrelevant, other times prescient. Last year photographers of Street Art, who already had been accustomed to the multiple fake and usually comical “official” messages posted around the city on signposts by Trustocorp, began noticing the street signs that warned of drone surveillance.  Most people had a vague idea of what drones were, but couldn’t see the connection between drones and our streets. This week we had a 13 hour national education when the very conservative Libertarian Kentucky Republican Rand Paul filibustered on his feet about the use of drones in the US and abroad, stirring up a huge controversy about their use that could actually rise to become a genuine crisis for this president as citizens contemplate the constitution and the use of technology like this.

It brings to mind of course the Street Artist and his further work and what may ultimately be revealed as his role as the canary in the coalmine. According to news reports he is still under arrest for putting his art up, and there is a fundraiser for his benefit, and while the major networks talked about his signs when they came out (New Yorker, Complex Magazine, Portland Press Herald, CNN, Fox Business…), you don’t see as much news about it today. Today we feature this mini-doc about Essam and consider the impact of Street Art on public policy and how sometimes it can have the power to advance important conversation and debate.

ESSAM (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

A new mini-documentary on events of the past year surrounding Street Artist Essam and the national and local news coverage it generated.

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