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BSA Film Friday: 05.24.19

BSA Film Friday: 05.24.19

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

Now screening :
1. “Nuart Aberdeen 3” by Fifth Wall TV
2. “The Green and Pleasant Land” by Max Colson
3. Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda in NYC for Street Art For Mankind
4. 0h10m1ke live drawing at the opening of Wastedland 2 in Manhattan.

BSA Special Feature: “Nuart Aberdeen 3” by Fifth Wall TV

Mural art as a cultural catalyst and promotional campaign for the reinvigoration of cities has proved successful in recent years for tourism and business development initiatives eager to re-engage people in the public square – luring peoples’ attention away from their phones, or perhaps inviting them to bring with.

The Nuart brand from Norway continues to build on and amplify its success for templating a skillful mix of community events, street tours, painting, talks, and screenings for enthusiastic local folks to the walk the streets of Aberdeen. It also helps that the Scottish city happens to be blessed with a growing economy, soaring granite gothic architecture, sweeping vistas by the sea, and a rich history. This year’s installations by a diverse group of artists reach a variety of demographics (including graffiti grannies), making the story appear quite rich, especially as told by Fifth Wall TV.

“The Green and Pleasant Land” by Max Colson

As a tearful Theresa May resigns today, we reflect upon the fact that everything is an invention, including the concept of nationality. We turn to the animation of Max Colson, who allows us to pretend that creating a new world from scratch is realistic. It is a series of experiments at the computer using 3D software, attempt to reimagine the tangible UK as digital, its complexity reduced, its natural open spaces expanded. No hurry, just play.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda in NYC for Street Art For Mankind

Silently he paints. Some up close footage from Jaime Rojo of Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada in NYC painting his mural for Street Art for Mankind. More about the project here: Fighting Child Labor With NYC Murals

0h10m1ke live drawing at the opening of Wastedland 2 in Manhattan.

Ohio Mike makes your portrait in a minute or two, despite the milling crowd and excitement that surrounds. Last week at a group show hosted by Russel Murphy and Lou August on Broome street that pulled together a true New York graff/street art crowd of fans, this artist wowed attendees with his on-point talent.

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Fighting Child Labor With NYC Murals : Clandestinos , Faith 47, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Mr Cenz & Victor Ash

Fighting Child Labor With NYC Murals : Clandestinos , Faith 47, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Mr Cenz & Victor Ash

With giant murals at the forefront of the message, a recent Manhattan campaign of select walls is intended to make us talk and keep our eyes on an ugly social justice issue that organizers hope we can collectively address: child labor and forced labor.

With a focus on “Gender Equality” Faith XLVII VOX AEQUALITAS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Even in downtown NYC on Wall Street people will admit that capitalism isn’t cool if we are doing it on the backs of children somewhere. Nobody celebrates that. Do they?

With a focus on “Gender Equality” Faith XLVII VOX AEQUALITAS (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With murals that advocate for “decent work”, asking us to create a better “future of work”, a small inspired group of international artists created impressive new works on Midtown’s East Side – roughly in the area of the United Nations.

Adopting the topic of “YouthEmployment” Mr. Cenz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Included in the group are Clandestinos (Shalak Attack and Bruno Smoky), Faith 47, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Mr Cenz and Victor Ash. The collection is quite striking on city streets, as are the individual pieces. In fact each artist did their own interpretation of the overall theme by concentrating on direct and ancillary topics: green jobs, youth employment, gender equality at work, child labor and forced labor and the future of work.

Adopting the topic of “YouthEmployment” Mr. Cenz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Perhaps with some irony, the professionally rendered and emotionally stirring mural by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (at end of posting) was completed in the face of multiple obstacles that plague Street Artists sometimes, just not usually all at once. Regardless, the piece has an overwhelming impact.

A former culture-jamming urban installation artist who garners serious respect on the street as well as in professional art-world circles, he soldiered on for an installation that included lift equipment failures and a series of uncommon logistical challenges that come with mounting one of New largest mural works on the side of a soaring building that has a relatively narrow city alley. Only Rodriguez-Gerada’s determined vision allowed him to endure through a seemingly relentless torrent of bitter cold rainy spring weather for weeks.

“YouthEmployment” Mr. Cenz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nonetheless, the results of his work, and of all of these artists, are as remarkable as they are sweet. In the service of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and a philanthropic group called Street Art for Mankind (SAM) these works can hopefully help raise our consciousness and protect children from enslavement and harsh work globally. Remarkably, SAM is going to directly to the heart of the matter, funding efforts to “help fund raid & rescue programs to free children from slavery,” says their press release.

Victor Ash – Green Jobs

Victor Ash (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Clandestinos – Future of Work

Clandestinos (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Clandestinos (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada – Child & Forced Labor

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada (photo © Jaime Rojo)

To learn more about Street Art For Mankind click HERE

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BSA Film Friday: 03.29.19

BSA Film Friday: 03.29.19

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

Now screening :
1. Ibie vs Pelucas. Battle on the Streets Using VideoGame Metaphor
2. Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda “Perpetual Flow” in Morocco
3. Nuria Toll. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona
4. MUSA vs Siro Wild West. Dueling Walls at the 12+1 Project, Barcelona

BSA Special Feature: Ibie vs Pelucas. Battle on the Streets Using VideoGame Metaphor

A new one from Contorno Urbano, this video is scored/styled as a digital battle with a Ludonarrative dissonance , these two 3-D gaming masters are the ludic elements of gameplay and pushing the narration of discovery and slaughter by paint.

With each player reaching deeper into his quiver for arrows, bolts, and darts, the resulting paintings are deep and lush – compiled with many actions per minute. This isn’t just player versus environment versus player – this is player versus imagination.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda “Perpetual Flow” in Morocco

“My work uses natural materials and technology. I try to do this in a way so that it has very little impact (environmentally),” says artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda here in Morrocco where he has created a huge land-art installation called “Perpetual Flow.”

See our full write-up on the project at “Jorge Rodríguez- Gerada ‘Perpetual Flow’ In the Moroccan Desert”

Nuria Toll. Contorno Urbano Foundation. 12+1 Project. Barcelona

Barcelonian graphic designer Nuria Toll on a sunny day on the street last month. Read more about this project on Nuria Toll Paints Her “Veïnes” in Barcelona .

MUSA vs Siro Wild West. Dueling Walls at the 12+1 Project, Barcelona

An awesome duel between can-slinging cowboy and cowgirl! Scored to a wild west musical theme, see these two artists on opposite sides of the tunnel painting fire and rattlesnakes and their individual wild styles.

See our original article “Two Writers Walk Into a Tunnel: MUSA71 x Siro in Barcelona”

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Jorge Rodríguez- Gerada “Perpetual Flow” In the Moroccan Desert

Jorge Rodríguez- Gerada “Perpetual Flow” In the Moroccan Desert

Jorge Rodríguez- Gerada takes us to the desert to talk about water. The large scale land artist took over 37,500 square meters with local assistants to create this image of water washing over hands as a commentary on the importance of waste water management.

The artists’ choice of this topic is something that becomes more in focus as we employ strategies for conserving a shrinking supply of potable water worldwide.  Here in Morocco, where leaders say there is increasing water scarcity Rodríguez- Gerada has discovered a rich and ample canvas and relevant location to address the issue.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Perpetual Flow. Ouarzazate, Morocco. (photo © Ami Vitale)

“Ouarzazate is a city located south of the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. It is known as the door to the Sahara and will soon be surrounded by a greenbelt protecting it from sandstorms,” says one of the organizers.

“This natural barrier requires innovative irrigation systems that deploy purified wastewater, improving the quality of life for Ouarzazate’s inhabitants who have found new recreational spaces and a reason to protect the local environment and the biodiversity that it contains. Wasted water is recycled, collected, filtered in reservoirs and then pumped into the greenbelt with the aid of clean power generated by the Noor Ouarzazate solar power plant, the largest in North Africa.”

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Perpetual Flow. Ouarzazate, Morocco. (photo © Ami Vitale)

Sometimes an artist needs to move mountains to make his point. In this case it was 36 tons of dark gravel from a nearby quarry- an impressive and important project indeed.

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Perpetual Flow. Ouarzazate, Morocco. (photo © Ami Vitale)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Perpetual Flow. Ouarzazate, Morocco. (photo © Ami Vitale)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Perpetual Flow. Ouarzazate, Morocco. (photo © Ami Vitale)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Perpetual Flow. Ouarzazate, Morocco. (photo © Ami Vitale)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Perpetual Flow. Ouarzazate, Morocco. (photo © Ami Vitale)
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BSA Film Friday: 02.15.19

BSA Film Friday: 02.15.19

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

Now screening :
1. MADC at Dresden Airport
2. Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda “COR” Santa Coloma de Gramanet
3. Murfy: Paisaje De Vida
4. ZTwins / Industrial Aesthetics

BSA Special Feature: MadC at Dresden Airport Old Terminal

“This kind of concept here is that  you really see how I evolved during the last 22 years,” says MadC as she traces her own history in cans here in this old terminal in Dresden, Germany. It’s like going to school.

Taking a page from the Selina Miles/ Sofles playbook, Red Tower Films documents crisply the aerosol slaughter of an airport, rocking hard to a steadily snapping pentameter.

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda “COR” Santa Coloma de Gramanet

“Can you hear the heart beat? In this amphitheater in Parc del Pins you will definitely see it from every seat.” we wrote this week about this new Spanish floor installation by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda


Murfy: Paisaje De Vida

A nice meditative timelapse called PAISAJES DE VIDA by Murfy, presenting a window into a massive natural valley.


ZTwins / Industrial Aesthetics

From Belgorod, Russia (“The White City”) come the ZTwins to talk about their roots as kids in this industrial city of factories and abandoned worksites. They tell you that this helped them develop what they call “Industrial Aesthetics”

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada Goes to the CŎRE

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada Goes to the CŎRE

Can you hear the heart beat? In this amphitheater in Parc del Pins you will definitely see it from every seat.

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
Héctor Granada)

In a multicultural city like Barcelona, where it’s estimated that there are people from 114 nationalities, Santa Coloma de Gramenet Town Hall has commissioned artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada to find a unifying vision.

Indeed with his new ground mural completed over 10 days with 3 assistants, Rodríguez-Gerada goes to the CŎRE of the matter. Probably the work was good for their hearts, maybe not for their knees.

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
Fer Alcalá)

Curated by Anja Mila and Arcadi Poch this public work aims to encompass metaphorically the history of the city as well as the lifeblood that courses through its veins today.

The results are impressive, and you’ll probably be able to see it on Google maps.  Not yet though. We just checked.

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
Fer Alcalá)
Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
Fer Alcalá)
Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
Héctor Granada)
Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
Delabrave)
Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada . CORE. Barcelona, Spain. January, 2019. (photo ©
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BSA Film Friday: 01.04.19

BSA Film Friday: 01.04.19

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

Now screening :
1. The Yok & Sheryo in Sri Lanka
2. “Perpetual Flow” by Jorge Gerada in Morocco
3. Etnik in Barcelona with Contorno Urbano Foundation
4. Haroshi at his studio in Tokyo

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BSA Special Feature: The Yok & Sheryo in Sri Lanka

Always a feeling of non-linear tropical adventure awaiting when you pop open a new spraycation video from the Street Art duo Yok & Sheryo, who would be just as happy to learn a local craft in your town as to paint a wall. Here they are painting and riding tuk tuks and running with a pack of wild dogs, as you do.

“Perpetual Flow” by Jorge Gerada in Morocco

Land artist Jorge Gerada mounts a large project in Ouarzazate, Morocco that extends over 37,500 meters in this commissioned job for a coffee brand calendar. Using rakes, stones, dark gravel, and vegetable oil, a scene of two hands under running water is created.

Etnik in Barcelona with Contorno Urbano Foundation

“Born in Stockholm and living in Torino, Etnik feels right at home on the street of many cities and the dense, designed, deliberate defining of the man-made environment,” we write in yesterdays posting on BSA. “What is new here is the inclusion of a leaf motif, imperfectly biomorphic, a visual paean to the natural world that precedes us and will outlast every cityscape we devise.”

Haroshi at his studio in Tokyo

“Calling Haroshi a sculptor seems too simple, because he is a collector, architect, painter and industrial designer, as well,” says Evan Pricco in the intro and interview he does on Juxtapoz with the Tokyo based artist. “What he has done throughout his career is take recycled skateboard decks, transforming and crafting them into sculptures that range from classic graphics, pop iconography, installations, and the present, where he currently recreates Japanese toys, including those from childhood.” See the new video by Chop Em Down and read the full piece here.

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Urban Art, Human Space. 6th Edition of “Avant Garde Tudela” in Spain

Urban Art, Human Space. 6th Edition of “Avant Garde Tudela” in Spain

“Contemporary Muralism” is the tag that organizers of this international exhibition gives to the current practice, and this northeastern Spanish city of 35,000 has hosted a number of primarily European Street Artists for a half dozen years here to do just that.

Miquel Wert. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

“Urban art is an incomparable tool for the transformation of the public space,” say organizers, and this years roster includes SpY, Miquel Wert, Kenor and Lucas Milà. Additionally a program of workshops was given by Andrea Michaelsson – Btoy, along with round tables and conferences in which international and local speakers participated.

Miquel Wert. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

Under the auspices of the Department of Culture and the City Council of Tudela – EPEL Castel Ruiz, the program of “Arte Urbano, Espacio Humano” focuses on a democratic approach to the city that recognizes the contributions of many people who make a city work.

“In the street the work merges with the morphology and geometry of the city,” says one of the curators of this years edition, Arcadi Poch, “at the artistic level the city is an extraordinarily fertile land”.

Our sincere thanks to photographer Fer Alcalà for sharing his excellent documentation here with BSA readers.

Miquel Wert. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

Miquel Wert. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

Btoy. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

Btoy. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

SpY. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

SpY. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

Lucas Milá. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

In this new piece by Catalan artist Lucas Milá the paint itself plays a role in the story because it appears and disappears with the light and temperature – a project of photochromic paint.

In the mural, made in the town of Peralta, you can see a vegetable farmer, possibly from the area known as the Ribera, whose shirt goes from a dark blue to an absolute white covered with vegetables. Similarly in the background landscape some clouds disappear when the sun hits.

Lucas Milá. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © courtesy of the artist)

Kenor. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

Kenor. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

Jorge Rodríguez Gerarda. Work in progress. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

Jorge Rodríguez Gerarda. Avant Garde Tudela VI. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo courtesy of the artist)

C215. Avant Garde Tudela (Work from previous edition). Detail. Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)

C215. Avant Garde Tudela (Work from previous edition). Tudela, Spain. June 2018. (photo © Fer Alcalà)


VI AVANT GARDE TUDELA Y RIBERA 2018
International Exhibition of Contemporary Muralism
‘ARTE URBANO, ESPACIO HUMANO’ VI International exhibition of contemporary muralism. Avant Garde Tudela ‘Arte Urbano Espacio humano’ is an international exhibition of contemporary muralism that was organized by the Department of Culture of the City Council of Tudela – EPEL Castel Ruiz. In this VI edition, the exhibition opened to Ribera with the participation of the towns of Arguedas and Peralta.

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Exposing Politics and Scholarship at “Open Walls Conference 2016” Barcelona

Exposing Politics and Scholarship at “Open Walls Conference 2016” Barcelona

Screenings, workshops, and talks – and murals of course.

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Sixe Paredes. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

These are the markings of at least some of the increasingly serious Street Art / Urban Art festivals that have emerged in the last few years thanks to calls for genuine scholarship and the creation of academic frameworks to help us understand something that began as a grassroots form of expression in the mid and late 20th Century.

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Muretz. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

Open Walls Conference in Barcelona this year featured new public artworks by Dumar NovYork, Fasim, Muretz, Roc Blackblock, Sam3, Sheone, Sixe Paredes, and Syrup; a relatively small roster of artists compared to larger commercial festivals – and one that is heavily weighted toward local talents.

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Sixe Paredes. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

But as an artist, researcher and educator in the fields of graffiti and street art, Javier Abarca will tell you that this fourth edition of Open Walls Conference holds the “conference” aspect on center stage, with heated debates about the politics of art in public space – and private space for that matter.

This years’ debate had as its central argument the propriety of bringing Street Art into the exhibition space, how, and under what circumstances. Among the questions posed were whether it is ethical to bring urban art into the museum or whether the arts true nature is to live out its natural life wherever it has been painted illegally.

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From Left to right: Elena Gayo, Christian Omodeo, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda and Javier Abarca during the panel discussion at the Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Enrique Escandell)

For fans, collectors, curators and artists in the Street Art world, this will sound like a familiar debate in light of an exhibition this spring in Bologna, Italy that was controversial to some because it contained illegal works taken from an abandoned factory.

The “Banksy and Co.” exhibit sparked a revolt by the artist Blu, who made a splendid show of his own by destroying others of his public artworks and inspiring the support of kindred painters to assist him, with some even holding a counter exhibition.

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The audience at the panel discussion during the Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Enrique Escandell

Says Abarca, who moderated the debate, “This year’s focus shifted on the very contentious topic of the conservation of public art pieces produced without permission, resulting in an extremely intense three-hour discussion in a packed auditorium where two opposed visions on the topic were scrutinized.”

On panel were one of the exhibition’s curators Christian Omodeo, along with artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, and Elena Gayo, whom Albarca calls, “a prominent Spanish restorer and head of a think tank that for the last two years has developed a set of ethical parameters for the conservation of street art pieces.”

We all benefit from examinations and cogitations such as these, and it is good to see a level of popular support to attend discussions, panels, and lectures that help shape and codify our understanding of such a widespread art movement/practice.

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Sheone. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

In addition the conference featured a publishing fair called “Unlock“, which was dedicated to graffiti and street art and gathered close to sixty publishers from Europe and America, a first for the field, say the organizers. Another first, they say, is the academic study of the British artist Banksy launched here in book form as Banksy: urban art in a material world, by Ulrich Blanché.

Finally the fair featured a lecture by British journalist Marcus Barnes, “who nearly went to jail last year for publishing a graffiti magazine,” says Abarca, as well as “a breathtaking reading of What Do One Million Ja Tags Signify? by Brooklyn artist and author Dumar NovYork.”

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Sheone. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE). Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

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Sam3. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

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Sam3. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

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Syrup. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

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Syrup. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE). Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

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Fasim. Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Fernando Alcalá)

 

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Dumar NovYork reads from his book “What Do One Million Ja Tags Signify” at Unlock during the Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Javier Abarca)

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Scenes from Unlock the first Street Art Publishing Art Fair as part of the Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Enrique Escandell)

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Scenes from Unlock the first Street Art Publishing Art Fair as part of the Open Walls Conference 2016. Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Enrique Escandell)

 


 

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BSA Film Friday: 05.13.16

BSA Film Friday: 05.13.16

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

Now screening :

1. Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda: Changing The Face Of Barcelona
2. Nychos X Udon Lords Crew in Taiwan
3. ERICAILCANE / Mexico City
4. Pref ID

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BSA Special Feature: Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda: Changing The Face Of Barcelona

“It’s not necessarily street art and its not necessarily the known directions of contemporary art,” says Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda as he describes his mural paintings of a woman he photographed. His critical eye toward the way images and messages are marketed to us by advertisers is not new, he says, having devised ways to culture-jam and deface ads in the public space in New York in the past. Now he has developed a voice that in praise of the everyday person and is giving it volume on this vast façade in Barcelona.

 

Nychos X Udon Lords Crew in Taiwan

Building and pumping adrenaline is the cohesive device that ties together these images of people in action and the audio outtakes from adventure films, evangelists, propaganda and advertising slogans. Nychos loves to rip the mortal coil open for you to examine its contents and his metaphor is the innards of animals. This vicious/comedic somewhat exploding dragon is in itself a symbol to generations of people and by juxtaposing it with text based graffiti lettering and these intercut messages you know he is examining the beast from as many angles as possible. Director Cory Ring captures this quote in Taiwan: “But what we know is art is not a crime. The crime is the state of mind” to end the brief but effective visual and aural onslaught.

ERICAILCANE / Mexico City

Rapid drums and bass and reggae keep the painters animated for the creation of “The Rabbit & the Fox”, a new mural by the Italian Street Artist Ericailcane in Mexico City.

Images and editing by Alice Bettolo.

Pref ID

Northwest London’s Pref takes us into his studio and onto walls in a test of how he interprets words thrown to him freestyle. His overlapping word and letter styling is compelling and his point of view is clear. But hang in there for the paper-cut collages!

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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.17.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.17.16

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This week David Bowie died. There isn’t much more for us to say.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Axe Colours, Faile, Homo Riot, J Morello, Jorge Rodriguez Gerarda, Jules Muck, KAS, London Kaye, Marina Capdivila, Nueks, SacSix, and Verb Five.

Top Image: London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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David Bowie organic memorial outside his and Iman’s apartment building in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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David Bowie organic memorial outside his and Iman’s apartment building in Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kas. “The Kiss” Brussels, Belgium. (photo © Kas)

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Verb Five (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Axe Colours paints a tribute to soccer star Lionel Messi on account of his Golden Ball award in Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerarda in Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)

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Nueks (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kabuki faces in SOHO by an unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Homo Riot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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J. Morello with Jules Muck. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Marina Capdevila in Miami, Florida. (photo © Marina Capdevila)

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FAILE window dressing in SOHO. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan skyline. January 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Film Friday: 04.24.15

BSA Film Friday: 04.24.15

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

Now screening :

1. C215 and Caravaggio
2. East London Quick Tour of Street Art of : BUSH
3. Vinz: Feel Free Project  (NSFW)
4. Woozy in Athens: Moving Shadows

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BSA Special Feature: C215 In the Footsteps of His Favorite Painter: Caravaggio.

Here is a new short documentary that follows the unique pathway of Caravaggio, as told by one of his biggest fans, the street artist and master stencillist C215 visiting Palermo. He says he is sure Caravaggio would be a street artist if he were alive today. Who would argue?

 

Quick Tour of Street Art of East London: BUSH

We get many video submissions every week and this one really caught our eye because it features two fellows whom you are convinced are going to be singing the lyrics to the soundtrack at any moment — but in fact they never do anything of the sort.

Perhaps they are just telecommunicating the lyrics to us. Possibly they are here to adorn the street art and graffiti, or provide a measuring guage for us to more accurately estimate the various sizes of aerosol pieces. Expressionless and unfazed, they could be modeling their handsome fashions. Perhaps they are protecting the cameraman from thugs who could sneak up on him unannounced. You just don’t know.

“My work is low-fi and I work on no budget and work with unsigned musicians and reaching out to the wider creative community only for this video as I feel there hasn’t been one like this created out there about London,” says Eric, who made the piece. That last bit is probably true. Eric, thank you for sharing. Regards to the actors, and thanks for the tour.

 

Vinz: Feel Free Project  (NSFW)

“The naked people with birds heads represent freedom. They are naked because they have nothing to hide.” explains the street artist Vinz, who was adopted by the gallery system nearly seconds after these bare breasted birds first began appearing on public walls. This is a good opportunity to hear the artist speak for himself and to understand the various visual codes present in his work and their corresponding meanings.

 

Woozy in Athens: Moving Shadows

This car burning during protests against the Greek government takes on a second meaning as street artist Woozy walks up to the burned metal and plastic carcass and begins painting upon it. The shock of the reality leaves you stunned, even as he begins to transform the charred car with art.

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