November 26, 2011
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September 24, 2011
"In July-August 2011, five street artists were invited to NHH Norwegian School of Economics to give their comments on capitalism directly on the schools huge white walls. The project was a collaboration with the Nuart Festival, and what Escif, M-City, EINE, DOLK and Hyuro came up with can be seen from this video. For more information, visit CAPITALISM.NO
September 18, 2011
"Arrested Motion filmmaker Carlos Gonzalez follows Portuguese-born artist Vhils as he completes his latest work on the streets of Venice, California. This particular piece was done in conjunction with the "European Bailout Show" at the Post No Bills showspace and located just on the side of the gallery."
September 12, 2011
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August 23, 2011
This music video above for Família Gangsters was directed by Mauro Moreira and Andre Leon. It documents a day in the life of typical autonomous Brazilian trashman. The project is based on an artist, called Mundano, who paints the "cars" of these trashman.
August 22, 2011
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July 24, 2011
"A smile is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles near both ends of the mouth. The smile can also be found around the eyes. Among humans, it is an expression denoting pleasure, joy, happiness, or amusement, but can also be an involuntary expression of anxiety, in which case it is known as a grimace. Smiling is something that is understood by everyone despite culture, race, or religion; it is internationally known. Cross-cultural studies have shown that smiling is a means of communicating emotions throughout the world. But there are large differences between different cultures. A smile can also be spontaneous or artificial."
Beautifully shot in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia by Vova Chernishev, what we love about this video is that its not about the finished piece, but rather about the mood and atmosphere that exists when you paint on the street.
Music by Loess - Greensland.
July 22, 2011
July 20, 2011
July 14, 2011
Here's the new trailer:
And here's the first episode:
July 11, 2011
"QRadio" it is an audio-visual-interactive pasteup project currently on the streets of Berlin. There are 5 tapes in Berlin now but more to come.
June 24, 2011
May 20, 2011
David explains the piece…
Next stop for the Scion video tour: Minneapolis
Last Summer, while in Berlin, BOXI spoke to us about a new project he was working on - an extremely intricate six six layer hand cut stencil of a curtain made on 8mm MDF and illuminated by 12v Dimmable SMD LED's.
This month, the curtain was finally completed and is now hanging in Wuppertal at Reinking Projects "Streetart TM" show.
You can see photos of the install here.
Just did an amazing job documenting the whole show, here is an excerpt of what I put up.
All the best
May 18, 2011
May 11, 2011
More by SUSO33 here.
May 10, 2011
Yesterday our friends over at BoingBoing posted "Home is a Fire", a new music video for the band, Death Cab For Cutie.
The director is Shepard Fairey, in collaboration with the band's bassist, Nicholas Harmer.
Shepard writes about the video:
"I have been a fan of Death Cab for years so I was excited to hear from bassist Nick Harmer about his idea to collaborate on a video piece for their song Home Is A Fire.
I love the democracy of music and I'm always excited to bundle visual art with great music. Nick sent me the lyrics to Home Is A Fire and they evoked the duality of "home" both as a place you inhabit, and also as a place that inhabits or traps you. One's relationship with home might be complicated, but ultimately it can be a two-way dialogue, of which we can at least affect one-way.
The city can be an impersonal place, imposing, simultaneously anonymous and claustrophobic. However, there are opportunities for us to affect the city(and life) experience rather than accepting things as passive voyeurs. We all have fears and insecurities about ourselves and our circumstances, but if we have the courage to take risks and participate we can adapt and embrace the flux, rather than fear it. This video is about illustrating these ideas and the multiple dimensions of the city experience by taking the viewer on a journey to encounter the Home Is A Fire lyrics as street art. Street art appeals because it makes the landscape a little less dreary for the viewer, and it is a bureaucracy free creative outlet for the participants. I would say that a street art call to action is "if you don't like your home... reshape it".
The power of street art is in its intrigue and authenticity , so it was crucial to actually put all the lyrics and images up on the streets. We wanted the viewer to experience the urban environment in a very real and intimate way that celebrates that one persons wart is another's beauty mark. Some of the art was put up prior to the video shoot in places that seemed appropriate to the lyrical themes, while other pieces were put up during the shoot. We filmed the preparation of materials as well to demonstrate the energy and process involved in becoming pro-active. Some of the street art was cleansed within a day.
Street art, like everything, is ephemeral but I hope that in watching this video and listening to the song, people see a little magic and potential in the unappreciated details of the landscape of their lives, no matter how fleeting they may be. "
May 9, 2011
More from EIME here.
April 27, 2011
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April 1, 2011
More from Phlegm here.
March 10, 2011
If you ever wondered why someone "does street art", watch this video:
"I was walking around Brooklyn and saw the streets flooded with faces made out of chalk. Following their trail, I ran into a man sitting on a crate, rapidly making them as he scooted backwards. His name is Felix Morelo".... Keith Haskel
March 8, 2011
Project Green, Lipton Ice Green Tea's urban arts initiative, is beginning to take shape. Showcasing the talents of some of the country's most renowned urban artists, Project Green aims to spread a bit of green positivity in Australia's urban spaces.
March 7, 2011
February 23, 2011
Vhils takes it to a whole new level, this time using explosives to create his images.
February 14, 2011
February 13, 2011
February 9, 2011
From Shafiur Rahman:
"Joe Deane, Joseph Loughborough and Ben Slow paint on Hanbury Street, Brick Lane. Ben and Joe paint a piece called "Ma o Shishu" or mother and child from a photograph I found in a book about photography and its power to change in South Asia. Their piece changed the street. Everyone who passed - young and old, local or tourist - responded very warmly to it. As did the restaurant owner who owns the wall. But there was another hidden story just behind the painting...of destitution and homelessness in London. 21st century London.
Joseph painted with amazing speed and created two striking pieces one of which lasted only a few weeks before someone decided to make it their private property.
This video is part of a larger project on Brick Lane seen through art and artists.
Filmed March 2010. Music by Moka Only
February 8, 2011
CRYSTALS OF THE COLOSSUS
17 – 26 FEBRUARY 2011
2ND FLR 3-5 HOSIER LANE MELBOURNE 3000 AUSTRALIA
OPEN 12 – 6PM Wednesday to Saturday
February 7, 2011
January 26, 2011
A collaboration between Jeff Howard and Alex Vessels for the Big Screens class at ITP. Presented at the IAC building's 120 foot video wall on Friday December 3rd, 2010.
Replica is a performance using live image processing to explore how the awareness of time affects the perception of self-image. Patterns unfold creating a dialogue between the performer and her representation, bringing the contrast of control and authenticity into question.
The project was performed by Claire Westby with the song “Lost in the World” by Kanye West.
January 10, 2011
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"During 2010, Greece came under the supervision of IMF and EU. The fear of poverty and financial recession has built up a feeling of social unrest. Memories of the Greek riots of 2008, according to the media, have created the expectation in Greece and abroad, of a new, more violent riot. Influenced by this atmosphere, we created in a deserted ceramics factory in Athens a series of actions during May 2010. At the time we wanted to give form to feelings intuitively provoked by the signs of unrest we received from all around us. We used the objects that were plentifully scattered in the ruins of the factory: red powder, ceramics, wood and ropes. We installed sculptural structures and we recorded, on video, short collision-scenes. Red powder represented the outcome of every human violent act. The deserted industrial setting was used as a metaphor for the financially devastated country. The multiple-screens structure of the video is a reminder of the surveillance cameras used by the police. The sound was recorded live during each of the actions. We doubt the efficiency of violent rioting and search for a new way. Essentially we have found nothing yet, however, we enjoy searching".
November 30, 2010
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"The Shadow Machine is a hand-made analog projection system that reanimates two blacksmiths from the late 1800’s, photographed by Eadweard Muybridge and compiled on plate #374 of his Animal Locomotion series.
The Shadow Machine was conceived of and created for the The Underbelly Project, an extraordinary, unauthorized exhibition of more than one hundred international street artists in an abandoned subway station in New York City. The Shadow Machine’s projected, ghostly figures hammer away in complete darkness at the far end of the platform, ever-toiling spirits working on a never-finished station that was abandoned generations ago.
Inside the Machine, six frames hand-painted on clear plexiglass operate as gobos when lit from behind by narrow beam LEDs. A light sequence, controlled by an Arduino board with custom software using a 9V battery, casts each successive shadow in a loop."... Jason Eppink
October 28, 2010
October 22, 2010
The other day Jaimie D’ Cruz, the producer of Banksy's documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop, and Chris King, the film's editor, sat down with David Poland of Movie City News for an extended interview that covers a wide range of topics.
For the first time ever, Jamie and David provide a lot of behind-the-scenes information and anecdotes about the the film and Banksy's process in making it. If you've seen the film and have questions about how it was made, this rare interview is a must watch.
October 9, 2010
If you are in New York, be sure to stop by RE:FORM SCHOOL this weekend. It's a fantastic project.
September 30, 2010
WHEN TRU$T IS THE NEW MONEY
New walls and works by Broken Crow
XYandZ Gallery 3258 minnehaha ave S mpls
Opening reception Friday October 1st, 2010 7p
September 21, 2010
Sara and I recently sat down with writer Carlo McCormick, artist WK Interact, founder of Creative Time Anne Pasternak, and photographer Martha Cooper to talk about TRESPASS: A History Of Uncommissioned Public Art which hits stores worldwide this October.
September 15, 2010
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For more info on Mutate Britain, click here.
August 18, 2010
"On the far side of Red Hook Park’s soccer and baseball fields, locked-up behind a fence made of enormous concrete blocks, lays the last vestige of Red Hook's industrial grandeur: The New York Port Authority Grain Terminal.
This massive 429-foot long and 12-story high beige-colored fortress was built in 1922 for the purpose of washing, drying and storing grain from the Great Lakes, before the grain was loaded onto freight ships and delivered to breweries, distilleries and flour mills. Ultimately, the terminal was built to invigorate New York State’s Canal System and compete with railroad-owned stationary elevators.
Nevertheless, NYC’s uncompetitive labor costs and storage disputes forced the Port Authority to cease operations in 1965, after 40 years of under-use. Since then, the grain elevator has sat vacant and majestic on Gowanus Bay's waterfront, alongside the Erie Basin, dominating Red Hook's urban landscape.
City officials and engineers refer to the Grain Terminal as the Magnificent Mistake. However, Red Hook’s inhabitants affectionately term it one of two distinct names: “The Lady Finger,” due to its unique structure which consists of a series of 54 joined concrete semi-circular silos; or simply, the "Elevator.”
NYCitizen, my urban exploration accomplice, and I decided to pay the Lady a visit. That Sunday, the park was packed with baseball and futbol players, picnickers and street vendors. I asked a carnitas taco vendor if he knew how to get closer to the Grain Terminal. His first reaction was to tell me that the building was under government surveillance and that the coast guard was watching it as it was located right in front of an oil refinery on the other side of the Erie Canal. However, while heating up a stack of tortillas, he also told me that the easiest way to climb the concrete barricade was to scale a tree near the baseball field’s bleachers, and jump over the fence. Right...
A more realistic and less hazardous way seemed to be through the bus depot alongside the Grain Terminal. As we approached the main entrance, the security guy stopped us and asked for the reason of our visit. I said that we would like to take some pictures of the Elevator. He retorted that it was a private property but that we were welcome to do so…from the sidewalk.
As we walked along the concrete blocks desperately looking for an access point, we realized that the enormous barrier had suddenly transformed into a 3-foot high hurdle. The last and only obstacle left was a duo of State Park officers sitting on a bench, watching a baseball game in the shade. After waiting for them to leave for a couple of minutes, I realized that these two were here to stay. I decided to approach them and ask candidly if we could jump over the hurdle to snap a couple of images. Despite an obvious negative first response, my insistence won them over and the female officer told us grudgingly that they don’t want any problems. We could do so at own risks, but that they never had this conversation with us. As we dashed to the closed-off section of the Grain Terminal, the two officers decided to begin patrolling around the park.
At this point, we were only halfway there, as we still needed to get inside the actual Terminal. After running between cargo containers, we decided to stop in the transformer house and study our options. From there, the terminal looked completely hermetic. Concrete chunks blocked the doors, and windows were obstructed by metal bars and barbed wire. Graffiti on an oxidized beam gave us the gist of the challenge ahead: “How do we get in?”
Approaching one of the windows, I noticed more graffiti on the ground floor and thought, “If there’s graffiti, there must be a way to get in there.” After wandering around the building for a while and a round of seemingly impossible physical contortions, we were finally inside the Grain Terminal.
The ground floor, which seems to be the warehouse floor, looked like an old Greek temple, with immense concrete columns, long passages and adornments created by street writers. Loading railways were still fixed on the ground. Three dilapidated metal staircases were located on the Erie Canal side of the building. We climbed the middle one to access the following floor which happened to be the top-floor. A grain terminal is simply a large, empty box, where huge concrete silos separate the ground floor from the top-floor.
The penthouse was a huge open space; a massive loft filled with old machinery, boasting an unbeatable panoramic view of the surroundings. A bunch of no-smoking signs were still hanging here and there. I've read recently that grain elevators are actually explosion-proof, due to the highly flammable nature of the grain. As we investigated the top level, we zigzagged between large holes in the floor with just the right diameter to swallow a human body. These holes were actually located right on the top of the silos, and hence allowed the grain to fall from the top to the bottom, just like the sand in an hour-glass.
At both extremities of the top-floor, staircases led to the Elevator’s tower used to lift the grain. We decided to start with the south tower, which seemed bigger from the park. The tower is a complex metallic structure filled with all sorts of geared traction machinery and empty lockers. The oppressing silence was only broken by pigeons, apparently disturbed by our visit, and by the wind filtering in through the black metal walls.
At the end the climb, a hatch on the ceiling revealed an incredible 360-degree view of New York City. After the Williamsburg Savings Bank's clock tower in downtown Brooklyn, it is probably the highest point in the borough. From the rooftop of the south elevator tower (about 68 meters high) Brooklyn looked like a miniature replica of itself.
The Terminal gave a full frontal view of Lady Liberty, the busy NY Harbor, Jersey City and the Verrazano Bridge. The old Kentile Floor sign, hung above the elevated Prospect Expressway where cars and trucks look like Hot Wheels toys. On the foreground, the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges guided our eyes to the Empire State and the Chrysler buildings in mid-town and the Citi Bank tower in Long Island City.
Seagulls, helicopters and planes from JKF Airport soared over our heads as we sat on the roof, absorbed by the sunset and the silence that exists only in the city’s cacophony.
We left the “Lady Finger” as the light begun to disappear. On our way back to the car, a black Ford which looked just like an under-cover vehicle stopped in front of us...though it was just a lost driver asking for his way to Ikea. Funny enough, the Swedish furniture retailer was constructed two years ago at the mercy of two other Red Hook industrial history symbols, the Revere Sugar Refinery and the Todd Shipyard, which were torn down to give rise to the global giant.
As of today, The Port Authority is trying to sell 159 acres of land in the Gowanus Bay area, including the 43-acre site of the Grain Elevator. As the barren Terminal faded into the distance, I could not help but hope that the Grain Elevator would not end-up being recycled into a Hilton Hotel like in Akron, Ohio, or into luxurious condominium complexes like the plan the city has for the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg."...
See full photo narrative here.
Words, images and video by Carlito Brigante
August 17, 2010
"We are very excited to debut PaperGirl-NY to New York City! PaperGirl-Albany was a good practice run for the amazing event that will take place at the Dumbo Art Center from August 24-25 and at The Armory from August 27-29. The show will also be in Albany at the Marketplace Gallery from September 3-6 as a part of a show that will also include Chris Stain, Billy Mode, and Scout in addition to other artists. PaperGirl-NY (PaperGirl-Albany combined with the newly formed PaperGirl-NYC) 2010 will include at least 90 artists from 11 countries. The art will be exhibited for 8 days in 3 galleries and will be distributed in the 2 cities of Albany and New York."
August 13, 2010
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July 15, 2010
If you're an artist working with video, be sure to check out YuTube's latest collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum: YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video
YouTube is looking for "amazing animation, motion graphics, narrative, non-narrative, or documentary work, music videos and entirely new art form"s to showcase at the Guggenheim in New York City, and throughout the Guggenheim network of museums in Bilbao, Venice and Berlin.
The deadline to submit videos to YouTube Play is rapidly approaching: July 31, 2010. Click here for more info.
July 7, 2010
"Under Manhattan’s Upper West side, runs the “Freedom” Tunnel. Built in the 30’s by Robert Moses, the passage boasts legendary graffiti murals and piles of debris remaining of the past homeless city era. After using it for only a couple of years, Amtrak discontinued the line and left a massive cavern which later became a shelter for street people. Progressively, the tunnel turned into a veritable underground metropolis where thousands of homeless were living in organized communities underneath the city’s skin.
The tunnel also became a prime spot for graffiti artists. Chris Pape, aka Freedom, was one of the pioneers and his work inspired the name of the tunnel. “Freedom” painted immense murals utilizing the unique lighting provided by the ventilation ducts, turning the tunnel into an extraordinary underground art gallery. Some of his most notable paintings survived for decades and are still conspicuous today (“Venus de Milo”, the “Coca-Cola Mural”, Dali’s “Melting Clock”,a self-portrait featuring a male torso with a spray-can head, etc.).
In 1991, Amtrak decided to reopen the tunnel. The shanty towns were cleared out by the police and homeless were evicted. Although deserted, the tunnel is now an active train line and a stunning experience for urban explorers.
It is a bizarre blend of dark and light, silence and rumble, solitude and multitude. As you penetrate the tunnel and walk along the tracks, the sunbeams perforating the ceiling and highlighting the railway gives the place a post-nuclear feel. Voices from children playing above in Riverside Park sound like lost souls and trains whistling and roaring through the ruins of the shanty towns send chills down your spine.
This is one of the most uncommon and fascinating journeys I’ve ever taken."
July 1, 2010
More from Christian here.
Following on from the success of the ProjectRoom series in Berlin, Remi/Rough and Jaybo brought ProjectRoom to London with the help of the UK's abstract graffiti pioneer; Juice 126.
June 30, 2010
June 29, 2010
"three small sketchbooks of lines and thoughts putted down in moments of waiting like the turn in the public office or the coffee machine at breakfast, small life time lost captured in pages. distractions from keeping my brain quiet standing for the next action, my metropolitan bombing when i know that in 5 minutes i will take the train. "... Ema
June 28, 2010
By "Goma Oficina" "Studio Curva" and "Maracatu Baque Cidade", at the "Escola da Cidade" college
June 22, 2010
June 20, 2010
"Refait" is a remake of the football WorldCup match between France and Germany (Seville, Spain, 1982). Shot by Pied La Biche in Villeurbanne (France), every aspect of the fifteen last minutes of the match was carefully reconstructed : players, positions, gestures, intensity, drama etc. It consists in shifting the traditional game area into the urban environment. Each sequence takes place in one or several locations and then the city temporarily becomes the lab for unsual experiments. The soundtrack is made up of the original commentaries mixed with interviews of the audience recorded during the shooting."
June 16, 2010
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"This short movie is made in the neighborhood i grow up. The old buildings will be destroyed to make place for new buildings. That means, all the good memories will be destroyed. Thats the reason to make a film."... Cem
From Paul -
"years ago we found some old 16mm reals on a flee market in AMST. stuffed in a blank wrapper, so we did not know where it came from. when played from a 16mm projector we discovered fascinating 70's skateboard stuff. we digitalised the reels and started vj-ing with it during our dj/vj events. also re-edited it on one of our tracks of 'our' Electric Puha Sound System. (mid 2000's).
(oh and maybe by chance you know which crew actually filmed this in the 70's?)"
More from Zukclub here.
May 15, 2010
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April 17, 2010
On the homepage of YouTube, graffiti and hip hop legend Fab Five Freddy introduces a selection of videos, talks about graffiti, hip hop, and Banksy's film Exit Through The Gift Shop.
Fred sent us this terrific annotation of his favorite videos currently on Youtube:
I was a part of a very cool underground public access TV show in 1979 called Glenn Obrien's TV Party that aired weekly back then. I was a regular guest and one of the show's cameramen. Typically, it was a groovy talk show format but this was a theme show. Bad musically, but a lotta fun. Check Jean Michel Basquiat standing there with a guitar smiling. And he wrote Mock Penis Envy on the wall visible behind Blondie's Chris Stein, also with a guitar and shades on.
This is a mash up video of scenes from my film Wild Style. Some clever guys in Amsterdam did this and I love it.
Here's the my scene from Downtown 81, a film done in that year that stared Jean-Michele Basquiat and is a very good look at that time on the downtown scene in New York City. Lee Quinones, the legendary graff artist, is in the scene with me painting as Jean walks up. Then we go inside and have a 'lil fun.
2 Pac was a friend of mine and here he's free styling during an interview I did with him for YO! in '95.
Wu Tang Clans TV debut on YO! MTV Raps before the world would embrace there raw and clever version of hip hop music.
An encounter I had with George Bush senior a couple of years ago. The fact that he discussed our brief chat with Larry King was impressive.
Here's a scene from the first film/documentary to showcase New York Subway graffiti. "Stations Of The Elevated" released or finished in 1981. Back then I'm sure this film was not seen by to many. I don't recall it ever airing on TV. But these days thanks to digital tech and sites like this, we can see what it was like when nearly
every New York City subway car was touched by graffiti. I love this film!
"One Love" for Nas, off of his first album. Most of my favorite video's had a narrative storyline. This lyrical masterpiece from Nas was like a great script and I shot this entire video in the Queens Bridge housing project where he grew up.
"Talking All That Jazz" is a clip I directed for Stetsasonic which is the first video to deal with the soon to be large issue of sampling. Also, because I grew up in a jaz loving house hold and drummer Max Roach was my godfather, I knew I'd be able to do a good job with this one.
Kool G Rap & Polo, "Road To The Riches", one of the first video's to illustrate the rise & fall of New York City drug dealer.
BLONDIE'S video for the song Rapture was like my coming out party in 1981 and introduced me to a world that really wouldn't know me well until several years later in 1988 when YO! MTV Raps would air weekly coast to coast and in many countries around the world. Click here to view.
April 13, 2010
April 11, 2010
... and no, we're not talking about the Banksy film.
If you're a loyal Wooster reader, then you know how much we love Ryan Dooley's low fi style. For us, Ryan's comments in the video personify what makes street art so much a counterculture community. This is a nice complement to the wonderful animated videos he makes.
April 6, 2010
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"Got back to Montreal from Chile 5 days before the megaearthquake. I spent a few months there this winter writing a fiction script and a shooting demo for a new documentary project about Chilean Street Art called Chile Estyle. Chile's scene is so vibrant and ripe right now its really incredible how much painting on the street goes on down there and the amazing artists working on the street. Learning about all the political painting brigades before in late 60's and the whole history makes me feel like Chile has a unique muralism/street art tradition in the world. With the demo we are trying to create awareness for the project and the artists and to help to finance the feature length version. Chile is NEXT! Keep your eyes peeled for when we launch www.chileestyle.com any day now.
March 29, 2010
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To celebrate Wooster Special Edition of the 35th Anniversary Edition of the Faith of Graffiti we sat down with legendary photographer Jon Naar and artist Snake I to better understand the impact of the book when it was released in 1974.
This first video explains the difference of the new edition from the old edition, the reason for choosing the "Red Bird - Stay High 149" as the cover and Wooster print and how Jon took over 3000 photos in 10 days.
Redbird In The Bronx
Limited Edition Print of 300
8 1/2" by 11"
Signed and Numbered by Jon Naar - 2010
Faith of Graffiti
Words by Norman Mailer. Photos by Jon Naar
Shipping US: $12 USD
Shipping EUR $25 USD
March 16, 2010
March 11, 2010
"Stick 'Em Up! is a documentary that takes an in depth look into the overshadowed world of wheat pasting in Houston, Texas. Directed by Alex Luster. You will not only get a candid view of the daily life of several street artists but we will also focus on the other perspectives & opinions from city officials, art critics and everyday citizens."
March 10, 2010
March 9, 2010
The video above was created for the exhibition Random Order in the Alley Gallery in Hasselt, Belgium.
March 1, 2010
"I had just 6 days to complete this mural and although I thought it wasn't humanly possible, I somehow pulled it off!..........The piece spans 80ft x 30ft and is on the rooftop of the Ricardo Montalban Theater on Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles....It's one of my most proud pieces I have created...." MAKE THE D!FFERENCE"-madsteez
February 18, 2010
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From Mjar in London:
"Back in June 2005 a group of street / graffiti artists took over the walls of an abandoned East London bus depot/ crack den in Dalston. We were there and took a bunch of photographs.
Having just recently found the pictures again on a disk after a spring clean last week, we have put some of them together in this clip. This is out first upload to Youtube and we haven't worked out the best size, format to ensure it looks its best so watch the video in HD if you have a fast web connection. But is is good to be able to share them online, as we had believed they were forever lost via a stolen computer of ours.
Photos feature the works of some talented artists and friends including What Collective (Richt, Gumbo, Oath and 45RPM) , Dave The Chimp, PMH, Busk, Blam, Showchicken, mjar, Sri, Thought Police, Skire, Adam Neate, Jerm, Herse, Fybe, Probs, Pheks and Ink Fetish to name a few."
February 1, 2010
In 2005, Urban Edge, held in Milan was the biggest urban art event in Europe. Over 55 artist from all over the world met in Milan and over five days collaborated on an amazing collection of work. The video below, which was recently completed, gives you a taste of what it was like.
January 28, 2010
Doze Green painting his recent mural project in Las Vegas, filmed and edited by Orlando Reyes.
New work by Doze Green is now on view until February 13th at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York
January 27, 2010
Twenty sports enthusiasts practicing their regular cardio routines, in an infinitive (24/7) video loop.
January 20, 2010
January 16, 2010
More from Miss Bugs here.
January 15, 2010
January 4, 2010
December 25, 2009
December 23, 2009
The Ghostvillage Project was created over 3 days on the west coast of Scotland. 6 artists - Timid, Remi/Rough, System, Stormie Mills, Juice 126, Derm - were given free reign to paint in an abandoned 1970s village.
December 21, 2009
December 15, 2009
This timelaspe features the Best Ever and Dead Leg crews painting at Mutate Britain's One Foot in the Grove show, Directed by Charlie Inman and Produced by Jack Lomax. www.mutatebritain.com for more details.
December 14, 2009
Congratulations to 2501 for winning Babelgum's Metropolis Art Prize 2009!
A free screening of the video above will take place on the giant billboards in Times Square in New York on December 17 from 7 to 8pm
December 8, 2009
You can learn more about MPG here.
December 6, 2009
November 29, 2009
November 21, 2009
The tallest building in Dublin gets wired up with two huge 100,000 Euro screens...
November 12, 2009
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November 8, 2009
In 2009, Abraham Ingle brought Berlin's Papergirl Project to Portland. Over 200 pieces of original 2d art were displayed in a gallery, then rolled up, and distributed via bicycle to randomly selected people on the streets of Portland.
November 7, 2009
In February of 2006, Sara and I traveled through Italy leading up to attending the Winter Olympics in Torino. As we often do when we travel, we posted a note on the Wooster website saying that we'd love to meet up with local artists in Milan, Florence, and Rome.
On February 9th, when we arrived in Milan, we posted a note on the site letting people know that we'd all be meeting at the statue in the Piazza Duomo. We had no idea who - and how many - people would show up.
It turned out to be an amazing evening. Amongst the twenty-five or so people who joined us was Blu. He had traveled by train from his hometown in Bologna earlier that morning. It was the first time we had ever met Blu, and Sara and I were delighted that he had come all the way just to see us.
At the end of the night, Blu handed us a small wooden box. He told us that inside was one of his sketchbooks. He said that each week he did a new sketchbook and that he wanted us to have the one he had just completed. Sara and I were blown away by his thoughtfulness and ever since it's been one of our favorite gifts. Not just for the wonderful drawings inside but for the intimacy of the gift itself.
The other week Blu came over for dinner and we showed a few friends the sketchbook. It occurred to us that because it's a book in a box and not something to hang on a wall, very few people will actually get to see it. So this morning Sara and I did a short video "tour" of the book. We hope you like it as much as we do....
November 5, 2009
November 4, 2009
"epitaph is an exploration of lost spaces entered through sounds and images
to reveal the echoes of empty rooms, flakes of paint, swollen curves, fragile lines, stories hidden in the flat colors broken apart by wood and steel... "
October 31, 2009
October 30, 2009
October 29, 2009
October 28, 2009
October 26, 2009
October 23, 2009
October 21, 2009
"Chris O'Shea's Hand From Above encourages us to question our normal routine when we often find ourselves rushing from one destination to another. Inspired by Land of the Giants and Goliath, we are reminded of mythical stories by mischievously unleashing a giant hand from the BBC Big Screen. Passers by will be playfully transformed. What if humans weren’t on top of the food chain?
Unsuspecting pedestrians will be tickled, stretched, flicked or removed entirely in real-time by a giant deity.
Hand from Above is a joint co-commission between FACT: Foundation for Art & Creative Technology and Liverpool City Council for BBC Big Screen Liverpool and the Live Sites Network. It premiered during the inaugural Abandon Normal Devices Festival."
October 20, 2009
In the summer of 2008 Dolk and Pøbel, two talented Norwegian street artists, took on the challenge of Lofoten Islands countryside in Norway to create large-scale murales on the faces of abandoned houses which are about to be demolished. “Living Decay” is suggestive daily log that narrates through 4 tales, the making of these huge paintings inside the unique northern landscape.
The documentary opens and closes with the narration by the American artist John Fekner, pioneer of 70’ street art. The soundtrack alternates between original tracks from “Starving pets” and tracks of “Perturbazione”, “Armstrong?” e “Farmer Sea”.
LIVING DECAY (fairy tales in the middle of nowhere) -
a 12' documentary-film by NULLIVERSI
amazing paintings by DOLK, PØBEL, LOFOTEN LANDSCAPE,
voice over by JOHN FEKNER ,
edited by LUCA VIGLIANI, DAVIDE FASOLO
music by FARMER SEA, STARVING PETS, ARMSTRONG ?, PERTURBAZIONE,
shot, written & experienced by NULLIVERSI
More from Gestalten here.
October 15, 2009
October 13, 2009
October 11, 2009
October 10, 2009
The latest episode of Toronto's "Late Night in the Bedroom" features an interview with Elicser - one of Toronto's most well known and adored graffiti artists, a short interview with Wooster fave Roadsworth and Piotr Adas who has been installing his beautiful paintings around the city of Toronto. Musical guest is singer songwriter Tim Moxam
October 9, 2009
NOTE: On November 5th, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego has invited Dave to host an interactive exhibit where the public will collaborate with him on a large scale installation.
October 8, 2009
We're not huge fans of "viral videos" sent out by brands, but we quite liked this one by Volkswagen:
October 6, 2009
JR talk to VernissageTV correspondent Christophe Ecoffet about “Women are Heroes”, his new open air installation around the Ile Saint-Louis in Paris.
September 29, 2009
September 27, 2009
Once again JR's work takes your breath away...
September 25, 2009
September 21, 2009
September 15, 2009
September 14, 2009
September 12, 2009
September 11, 2009
Starring: a few people, two cars, a generator, a PS3, a mega projector, 7 buildings serving as the worlds biggest screens (Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Interior affairs, National Opera, Prague Castle...).... and seven police crews.
September 10, 2009
September 6, 2009
September 4, 2009
September 2, 2009
A side project of Torontos's Whippersnapper Gallery, Late Night in the Bedroom is a new interview series filmed before a live audience in a residential apartment and then edited and broadcast on the web. The goal is to provide emerging talent in and around Toronto (artists, musicians and community organizers) with a venue to discuss their work and reach a larger audience.
Check it out below...
September 1, 2009
The Nuart Festival which kicks off September 10th in Stavanger, Norway is starting to upload videos from the excellent speaker series. Here's the first one, from Leon Reid IV.
August 20, 2009
August 18, 2009
August 11, 2009
August 9, 2009
(via Urban Prankster)
August 5, 2009
On August 28th, Dalek, along with Delta, will show new work at the Elms Lester’s Painting Rooms.
August 1, 2009
Last Summer, Chicago based film and video artist Justin Jach spent a month in São Paulo, Brasil making A Series of Exchanges, a short film about graffiti as a form of social discourse...
July 31, 2009
July 20, 2009
As many of you may have now heard, the renowned Parisian artist (and good friend of the Wooster family) Zevs was one of three people arrested last week after painting one of is iconic "liquidated" Chanel logos on the façade of an Armani store in Hong Kong.
While Zevs is currently out of jail on bail, it is said that, if convicted, his fines may be as high as $860,000 USD
The South China Morning Post has produced a terrific video interview which not only discusses Zevs arrest, but also the motivation behind the work.
July 19, 2009
Tonight we had the pleasure of spending some time with Alex DeForce of On-Point.be who was in town from Brussels. We fell in love with one of the videos he showed us. It's shows an extensive body of work done by ROA in an abandoned building in Ghent...
July 13, 2009
July 11, 2009
Shot entirely with webcams. Directors: Masashi Kawamur, Hal Kirkland, Magico Nakamura, Masayoshi Nakamura
July 1, 2009
June 28, 2009
June 19, 2009
If you're not familiar with Improv Everywhere's MP3 Experiment, watch this:
June 16, 2009
June 12, 2009
File this under "made us smile on a rainy Friday morning"
"Following the DIY memorial to the Writers Bench, I found a simple and playful way to reenact subway graffiti. With a little help from my friends we went to a subway platform in Manhattan and Brooklyn to give life to the old saying "My Piece is Still Running."
June 9, 2009
Upper Playground's Walrus TV has posted another interview from their "Run Up" DVD up on Youtube. This one features Swoon and is absolutely terrific...
June 4, 2009
May 17, 2009
"We let the television news into the perceived safety of our lives on a daily basis. Even without direct contact, the language of the medium connects with us via background noise, internet blips, and watercooler small-talk. It has a distinct, and often overlooked, authority over the way we think and feel.
The nightly half-hour national news format attempts to condense the state of the world into easily digestible soundbites. My intention is to release these soundbites, inherent powers intact, realign them and force them to interact in unintended ways.
For seven months, I watched NBC Nightly News, recording phrases that piqued my interest. I focused on this single media outlet to give the project a specific voice and began reconfiguring the phrases into what can best be described as collage poems. Poetry, like the news media, uses evocative language to provide insight into the inner workings of the world. However, poetry allows subtleties and subtext to take center stage. The resulting collage poems highlight the ambiguous spaces between language and life, exposing the vagaries of the ostensibly concrete world around us.
The term (Dramatic Pause) implies a brief deviation from an intended script, or a small crack in real time, where things that are normally hidden become visible. It is based on instructions written for news broadcasters on their teleprompters."
April 30, 2009
April 29, 2009
For many years we've been fascinated by Pixação. There's an energy in the tags that's undeniable and, for us, extremely powerful.
But to be honest, we've never fully understood the nuances of Pixação and in some ways become comfortable with it.
And then today we came across a terrific video from Cool Hunting that in some ways is a "Pixação 101"
There's a great line in the video that for us, struck a strong chord:
"I would rather you hate me than ignore me"
April 21, 2009
April 15, 2009
We've been fans of Kelsey Brooke's for quite some time. It was terrific to come across this recent studio visit on the website, SEZIO:
Read the interview with SEZIO here.
From Matt Watkins: "Lucy and I made a short film which follows us gathering urban detritus and it's re-installation at the "Outsiders" show at Walsall Art gallery last December. We made the music using a 'borrowed' piano modified with found nuts, bolts and erasers and combined with a circuit bent broken radio. I hope you enjoy watching it"
April 14, 2009
April 13, 2009
This morning on the Wooster Collecive Facebook Fan page we asked the question:
What are the most creative and inspiring videos on the web? (Blu's MUTO excluded)
Here's some of the responses:
ERICAILCANE -BACK TO SCHOOL
Len Lye's Swinging the Lambeth Walk (From 1940)
MORE, Written and Directed by Mark Osborne
Lobo Skank Onesong
April 9, 2009
March 25, 2009
Set to go up in Times Square April 1st
March 24, 2009
March 23, 2009
March 22, 2009
March 19, 2009
March 17, 2009
March 13, 2009
March 12, 2009
From our friend Romanywg comes this terrific little video featuring current Wooster obsession Herakut. The video was put together for an upcoming show at Phillips Contemporary and Urban Art Auction that takes place on Saturday the 14th March. Herakut's painting 'For Sure' is being auctioned with the proceeds going to the charity Warchild.
March 11, 2009
March 10, 2009
Our friends over at Upper Playground recently released a three part interview with David Choe. It's terrific...
March 9, 2009
Every day for the last eight months, Eric Pakurar has been taking a photo of one specific door on Greene St in Manhattan to assemble into a time-lapse movie of how the graffiti and street art builds over time. Eric tells us: "I like to think I'm documenting a sort of collaborative art project -- lots of different contributions continually adding to a living work of art."
Eric is now looking to acknowledge all the different individual artists who have added to the door over that time and is hoping that people will "crowdsource" the names of the artists on his Flickr page here.
"Italy it's going through a weird moment right now,everyday we suffer more and more restrictions upon our personal liberty. Berlusconi "the King" of our Republic is eating up the city of Milan beat by beat. Since 2000 squats and populist cultural centers have been the homes of myself and many other like minded artist. In march 2006 24 people were arrested were trying to put a stop to a fascist demonstration. They were convicted of in-sighting a riot and were forced to serve 9 months of a 4 years prison sentence. Meanwhile, the violent and ruthless actions of Italian cops operating at the G8 summit have continued to go unpunished. In september 2008 Valentina a young artist with no previous criminal record that was among the 24 accused of rioting died tragically in a car accident. She was only 26 years old; the stop lights at that intersection were out of order. The city of Milan is devoting its resources to a private war against free and ungoverned cultural spaces, funneling money away from public services.
This video is a tribute to Valentina and to everyone who still resists."
March 3, 2009
(Note. In 2007, we published All My Friends Are Made Of Paper, a book of the work of Armsrock with an introduction by Swoon. You can learn more about it here)
March 2, 2009
February 26, 2009
More from Hannap here.
By Osmosis and Beautiful Decay teamed up to create this terrific short video profiling the prolific Los Angeles based activist/street artist Robbie Conal. Robbie's work has been prolific in LA for over 25 years...
February 20, 2009
"La Entrada is a collaborative art project of public art in personal spaces. Infused as murals and art workshops throughout the new landscape rising in San Diego California. The project actively cultivates culture in the community and is a reflection of social change. The core mural pieces are embedded on the new architectural development of affordable income housing in Logan Heights. La Entrada's design have a meaningful approach that speaks with the people's language; the imagery becomes cultural tools of social engagement and in its stories of experiences move and circulate as positive information which become vehicles for connections within the community."
February 19, 2009
We've been huge fans of Jeff Soto's work for quite some time. Juxtapoz hipped us to this terrific video timelapse of a piece that Jeff did at the end of last year for his solo show at the Riverside Art Museum. Enjoy...
February 13, 2009
February 9, 2009
From Ryan Spring Dooley:
"I just finished the first of my all city animation projects, an 850 drawing long film looking at Milan and trying to capture it's current spirit, a bit broken. The film touches on recent repression in Milan, Italy and some hopeful ways around it, check out the final cut, it has been projected in neighborhoods highly affected by recent
re-gentrification and cultural cleansing. many underground venues and occupied houses, artists cooperatives and unique local institutions have been literally destroyed in preparation for the 2015 worlds fair. Local governments are boasting about having expelled 1300 people of color in recent months using military and police in a way never expected from a contemporary democracy. If there is anyone interested in the current situation in italy, please consult the website of a historic cultural site painted by Blu, being forced to close by police, http://cox18.noblogs.org/
We don't know much about this documentary, other than its fantastic. (In English with Dutch subtitles)
February 5, 2009
January 30, 2009
For the awards, Henry Alex Rubin (the director of Murderball) has put together a fantastic five minute vignette about Shepard that is, for us, one of the most informative "Shepard Fairey 101's" we've yet seen.
Ever wonder why Shepard uses only red and black in his images?
Watch the video.
In addition to Shepard, USA Network is also honoring Lupe Fiasco, Shepard Fairey, David Chang, Patrick Robinson, Charles Best, Jimmy Wales and Jennifer Siegal. Click here to watch the rest of the videos. They're all terrific.
January 28, 2009
January 14, 2009
January 8, 2009
December 29, 2008
Video Production by Arbiter Productions.
December 22, 2008
December 20, 2008
You can see more of Bruno's work here.
December 19, 2008
December 17, 2008
December 12, 2008
December 9, 2008
The video clip above, fir the song Río (River ) by the band Aterciopelados, was created by the artist Bastardilla frame by frame through photographs with the art drawn on glass and transparent surfaces that were located in multiple locations around Bogota.
Bastardilla tells us:
"The river Bogota is the most polluted in the world and the message of this song is clear, ecological awareness and action against the Bogota River, water and environment in the world in general. The concept of the video Clip is based on the Boa, animal that according to the story of some indigenous communities the trapeze amazónico, she is the mother of water and the mother of life."
December 8, 2008
December 5, 2008
"Director Anna Brownfeld is the winner of the first I Want to Live Here film competition. She interviews Rayna Fahey of Radical Cross Stitch on her fence stitching of vacant land. Why does this trend of vacant land exist during Australia's worst ever housing crisis? "
December 4, 2008
Recently Evan Roth from GRL put together a short video with his idol Jay-Z for (RED). The video, shown above is for a new Kanye West produced Jay-Z song for RED & the Global Fund to Fight AIDS in Africa. It launched earlier this week on World AIDS Day at red.msn.com.
The entire video is composed only of the letters from the word BROOKLYN, and as far as we know it's the first rap video to ever be released with open source code.
December 3, 2008
December 1, 2008
November 30, 2008
"when I make graffiti in the street I don't write my name. I developed a way to draw characters with one line, as a kind of tag that is a character and not a name. I decided to make a stop-motion animation piece of these "tags" as a way to show the movement of them being drawn. each frame was hand painted on a large sheet of paper, taped to my flatmate's bedroom wall. the final animation was shown at my solo show ("Searching For The Perfect Line") at Vicious Gallery in Hamburg, alongside the paper the animation was painted on."... Dave The Chimp
Blu returned to Berlin this month. To see him in action, watch the video below:
The final piece (nicked from Blu's blog)
November 25, 2008
November 24, 2008
November 23, 2008
You can see more of Aakash's art here.
November 20, 2008
For the next few days, Link TV, a non-profit with no advertising, is streaming the entire film online for free. If you're interested in learning more about one of the original "culture jammers" check out the film here.
November 19, 2008
November 10, 2008
(via Charlie Todd)
More from Faith47 here.
November 6, 2008
"A large-scale, site-specific collaborative installation by fauxreel and Specter, the project focuses on the state of decay within the city, specifically examining abandoned storefronts and infrastructure that's on the verge of being erased from the cityscape. Housed inside a 4400 square foot warehouse, the project renews these dilapidated buildings as artistic monuments and documents their history amidst the gentrified frenzy of urban change."
November 4, 2008
November 2, 2008
From Ryan: "All city animation project" is a simple means of expressing our territory and our community through an itinerary of projections taking place on different walls in different zones of OUR CITY, this project requires nothing else but a plug in for the projector and the participation of the viewers who can become potential critics or musicians depending on their relative comfort and enthusiasm INSIDE their LIVING spaces. The animated film "Choo Choo" by Ryan Spring Dooley, is a surreal hand drawn film about how it is often our thoughts that project our realities onto the the barriers that compose our surroundings and how these barriers indeed well modified by media and municipal repression are always OUR OWN. Inviting Ryan to project
his film from your living room, participating as a mini site specific festival of animation, choosing from what point or window to diplay this big drawing, you become active as a critic and a PARTICIPANT ( it is strongly encouraged that the crowd improvises the soundtrack and reflects on the meaning of the film.) The simple event of projecting animation onto the walls of a neighbor or the car parked behind your
bicycle in front of your apartment, next to the grocery store, at the back of the alley or in the biggest castle in town; gives a new attention to how much of the space around you is governed by your own thought and how much is just left to nothing and nobody, an empty chair or wall that could be OURS or at least a reflection of OUR will and thought. An authority very unique and very real, let's give this away, let's hang out a bit, eat some popcorn."
Project starts in January in Milano, Febuary in Berlin, March in Dresden, April in Naples, May in Paris; June, July and August in the United States, *all films are site specific, hand drawn impressions of the city in question, the trailer on My space is a reflection of Milan, Italy?
October 31, 2008
A Fly On The Wall is a stop motion, timelapse, motion control in a circular canvas film made for Discovery Channel in South Africa. The theme was the environment and the artist's responses to it. Numerous street artists, musicians, painters and animators contributed their talent and time for the cause over a non-stop 12 hour period to make the final 2 minute film. the film was conceptualized and directed by Bryan Little of Fly on the Wall.
Daniel Ting Chong
Toyah Moon Humphreys
October 30, 2008