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Amadama Paints “Equalizer” in Dance Capital Ibiza for Bloop

Amadama Paints “Equalizer” in Dance Capital Ibiza for Bloop

Street Artist converts mundane sculptures into giant audio equalizer bars at edge of a greenspace.


When you are one of the dance music capitals of the world, it will be evident on the street during the daylight too. And we’re not speaking specifically about the apparent glitter spill on the gas station floor this morning, or the blue-haired millennial sleeping on the bench at the bus stop.

Amadama. “The Equalizer” Bloop Festival 2019. Open Air Gallery. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © Izhar Mera)

Right now Ibiza has new audio equalizers popping up from the terra firma, thanks to the new red, green, and yellow stripes that stand at different levels in the air, a deliberate reflection of the control-room aesthetics that surround superstar DJs who rock the stages here almost every night.

Amadama. “The Equalizer” Bloop Festival 2019. Open Air Gallery. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © Biokip)

The installation by AMADAMA is part of the BLOOP international Proactive Art Festival. He’s used to applying technology to his creativity and this guerrilla-style installation is anonymous to passersby. Veering away from the star-powered mural programs of recent vintage, organizers of BLOOP are stripping down and going minimalist – “(we’re) exhibiting open air installations and artworks in extremely visible points on the island just for the work to be seen.”

It is a refreshing return to the original spirit of Street Art, and club music for that matter, when the unpredictable eclectic nature of creativity was in full celebration and was unhindered by celebutantes, selfies, and branding.

Amadama. “The Equalizer” Bloop Festival 2019. Open Air Gallery. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © Biokip)
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Bloop Festival 2019/Ibiza Dispatch 1: Vlady Plays “Hopscotch” in the Sea

Bloop Festival 2019/Ibiza Dispatch 1: Vlady Plays “Hopscotch” in the Sea

“Whenever, everywhere, anyway” “Hopscotch”

Ibiza is that place where you appreciate beauty and youth and hedonistic forays into western values of free will and free love. Or at least that’s what we’ve heard.

VLADY. “Whenever, everywhere, anyway” / “Hopscotch“. BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival. Edition 2019. Ibiza, Spain. (photo courtesy of BLOOP)

While Street Art was probably not initially part of the brief of this island when it transformed its reputation as a destination for fog-machine laser glow-stick dancing and poolside debauchery, initiatives like the BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival have extended the creative range of expression that is celebrated for almost a decade now. With the theme of “Art is for Everybody”, BLOOP has welcomed more than 60 murals and installations so far – about 30 of which are currently on view throughout the year on the isle known as an adult playground.

VLADY. “Whenever, everywhere, anyway” / “Hopscotch“. BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival. Edition 2019. Ibiza, Spain. (photo courtesy of BLOOP)

Today we look as a more conceptual/situational installation in the Balearic Sea that surrounds the Spanish islands, a la Brad Downey or Fra. Biancoshock. Here laying on the bottom of the quivering, wiggling and enticing blue sea you are invited by VLADY to play hopscotch. As if to channel the mindset of many a party animal, he is labeling the installation “Whenever, Everywhere, Anyway”.

Dive in and play!

VLADY. “Whenever, everywhere, anyway” / “Hopscotch“. BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival. Edition 2019. Ibiza, Spain. (photo courtesy of BLOOP)
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Praying for Money with INO in Ibiza

Praying for Money with INO in Ibiza

Yes, money falling from the sky, that’s what people pray for sometimes.

As long as those metal coins flying at high speed don’t hit you or your dog, it would appear to be a splendid idea. INO had the scenario in mind in Ibiza, Spain for the BLOOP festival, and he painted this mural of a girl on the side of a hotel. He’s calling it “Hopeless’.

INO. “Hopeless” Bloop Festival 2018. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © INO)

While we don’t sidestep the financial suffering of the many millions of families who are neighbors on the Earth, you also know that sometimes money is not the solution to everything.

Recently The Simple Dollar website compiled a list of 100 things to do for free, and while they don’t apply universally, especially when your fundamental needs are not being being met, the list is an excellent way to imagine larger parts of life without seeing them through the prism of cash.

For INO, this mural is likely a topic more serious – when one feels so desperate as to pray for money.

INO. “Hopeless” Bloop Festival 2018. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © INO)

INO. “Hopeless” Bloop Festival 2018. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © INO)

INO. “Hopeless” Bloop Festival 2018. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © INO)

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Spaik Snakes Back to The Tunnel In Ibiza

Spaik Snakes Back to The Tunnel In Ibiza

For the BLOOP Festival in Ibiza this year Mexican artists Spaik swirls around inside a tunnel with a folkloric styled, two fanged, tongue wagging snake, taking advantage of perspective and a unique throughway to add drama to the reptilian slither. If this piece is related to this years  theme of “Changes”, then it looks like Spaik is not feeling very hopeful about upcoming transitions.

Spaik. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © Sr. Mini)

It is not his first time at BLOOP, so the creative advertising agency that organizes the annual Bloop, now in its 7th year, must like what Spaik brings to the island in the Mediterranean Sea off the east coast of Spain for this festival that showcases installations, architecture, photography, video mapping, and of course, plenty of parties.

Spaik. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © Sr. Mini)

Spaik. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © Sr. Mini)

Spaik. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © Sr. Mini)

Spaik. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © Sr. Mini)

Spaik. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. (photo © Sr. Mini)

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The “Melting Earth” and INO at Bloop Fest Ibiza 2017

The “Melting Earth” and INO at Bloop Fest Ibiza 2017

Topical and timely, street artist INO has the scoop on global warming right now at the Bloop Festival in Ibiza, Spain.

INO “Melting Earth”. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. July 2017. (photo © Mr. Mini)

A woeful visual play on the cold summer treat that kids in many countries have associated with good times, this Ice Cream man from Greece tells us that the situation is getting messy.

“Our world is changing because of the worst animal that has ever lived on earth – the human,” INO tells us, “And we’re all denying it.” The piece is on the side of a school, so certainly it will spark many conversations among students and teachers – a powerful example of how public-facing art can have an impact.

INO “Melting Earth”. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. July 2017. (photo © INO)

INO “Melting Earth”. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. July 2017. (photo © Mr. Mini)

INO “Melting Earth”. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. July 2017. (photo © INO)

INO “Melting Earth”. Bloop Festival 2017. Ibiza, Spain. July 2017. (photo © INO)

 

 


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Spaik Brings Symbolic Eagle to Address Fear in Paris and Ibiza

Spaik Brings Symbolic Eagle to Address Fear in Paris and Ibiza

Mexican modern folkloric muralist Spaik participated in the Bloop Festival in Ibiza during the month long proactive music festival that is now in its fifth year. With a general ethos that “Art is for Everybody”, Bloop invites a number of artists each year to create works all over this town that for two decades has gained the international reputation as a party place with superstar djs, natural beauty, and sun-soaked hedonism.

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Spaik at work on “Nochixtlan” for Le Mur. Paris, France. July 2016. (photo © Pierre Lecaroz)

So it is interesting that this year’s theme is “No Fear”, and the festivals’ manifesto points to cross-cultural scourges of relentless cell phone addiction, job insecurity, and unrealistic body types portrayed in fashion advertising . Looks like the honeymoon for pleasure-seekers is over.

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Spaik “Nochixtlan” for Le Mur. Paris, France. July 2016. (photo © Pierre Lecaroz)

Spaik interpreted the “No Fear” theme with the same symbol of a massive colorful eagle that he used the previous month at Le Mur in Paris. Known for its association on the Mexican flag perched on a cactus with a serpent in its mouth, here in Ibiza the eagle flies freely through a tunnel in this country that Mexico declared independence from in 1821.

Interestingly, Spaik depicts a slightly more political eagle in Paris at the famously curated wall with references to the PEN party, the state of Oaxaca, and a small little rat with a Mexican sash – looking rather fearful. So we are not sure if “No Fear” can extend around the world, as hopeful as the Bloop festival manifesto may be, but Spaik definitely has created two impressive works that would please many in the Mexican mural-making tradition that addresses social and political issues.

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Spaik “Nochixtlan” for Le Mur. Paris, France. July 2016. (photo © Pierre Lecaroz)

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Spaik “Nochixtlan” for Le Mur. Paris, France. July 2016. (photo © Pierre Lecaroz)

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Spaik at work on“Flying Eagle” for Bloop Festival. Ibiza, Spain. July 2016. (photo © Spaik)

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No fear, bro. Spaik “Flying Eagle” for Bloop Festival. Ibiza, Spain. July 2016. (photo © Spaik)

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