29 September 2009

Urban Hacking - Vienna

paraflows 09 – Festival for Digital Art and Cultures
10. - 20. September 2009

Festival Opening / 10.09.2009, 7 pm
Container Installation, Karlsplatz/Resselpark,
Close-by Otto Wagner Pavillon, Straßenbahnhaltestelle Karlsplatz

The city of Vienna has a long tradition of interventions and actions in the public space. With this year’s topic URBAN HACKING, the fourth paraflows festival continues this artistic investigation of the public and urban space of living. What is more, paraflows 09 will shed light on the role played by digital media when it comes to exploring, questioning, and shaping the urban infrastructure.


A container village designed especially for paraflows at Karlsplatz will provide the space for the exhibition URBAN HACKING, which will connect the Künstlerhaus, the Karlskirche, and the project space, and thereby unite the historic with the contemporary. More than 30 national and international positions of digital art and cultures as well as the artistic strategies connected therewith shed light on current and older tendencies of interacting with the public space.What will be put on display are projects on use and intervention, on hacking and setting up the urban public. A focus will thereby be laid on the possibilities “urban hacking” offers for the redesign of public space.

The net, as public infrastructure with its individual elements, possibilities, and mechanisms, has become integral to social communication and extended the public space via hyperspace. How these two parallel layers of reality are organized and impact the individual’s freedom of movement is one of the questions to be answered by paraflows 09 URBAN HACKING.

Cultural Jamming Strategies in the Risky Spaces of Modernity.

The three-day program of the symposium corresponds to the thematic priorities Urban, Hacking, and Risk. The panel Urban discusses the city as cultural venue, whereas the second the panel, Hacking, investigates the origin, structures, and evolutionary elements of the multi-faceted notion “hacking.” The third and final day will be dedicated to questions of risk, for instance when one – for artistic or philosophical reasons – transgresses boundaries, as well as question pertaining to gender in the given context. The symposium also will serve as a copula between the exhibition and the workshops and will be accompanied by movie screenings and theatre plays.


symposium livestream (german)
Livestream: http://www.ustream.com/channel/raumd


27 September 2009

Dont Ban the Can - Photos


The Croft Alley Project - on facebook

The Photos on Flickr

see earlier post

Yes guys, in Australia the chicks paint topless...

I can see you all scrabbling for plane tickets.. grin

Until Never

On September 30 Until Never will host a special live performance by Ikko Taniuchi, from 6 to 9pm.
Featuring live accompanying performance by PIG & MACHINE (Osaka/Melbourne).


(Enter from Rutledge Lane)
+61 3 9663 0442

more info


on facebook

24 September 2009

Urban Art Agenda #3 - Melbourne

Urban Art Agenda #3
This unique showcase brings together artists from around the globe including:

A1one (Tehran), David Soukup (Chicago), ELK (Canberra), El Moocho (Melbourne), HaHa (Melbourne), Izolag (Salvador), Jana and JS (Salzburg), Jef Aerosol (Lille), Kenji Nakayama (Boston), Mandarina Brausewetter (Vienna), M-City (Gdynia), Orticanoodles (Milan), Ozi (São Paulo), Penny (London), Skran (Lisboa), XOOOOX (Berlin)


FamousWhenDead Gallery
24 September - 11 October, 2009
207 Victoria St, West Melbourne, VIC


Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 6:00pm

Sketch the Rhyme - Sketch City


Sketch the Rhyme : Freestyle rap meets Speed Drawing. This video is from a performance at Underbelly Festival, Carriage Works, Sydney, 2008. All freestyles and drawing is improvised.

MC's - Rapaport, P Smurf, Peach, Jeswon, Gabi, Bravo. Artists - Creon, Edgarr, Tony G, Clare N, Pauly G, Jason H, Band - The phonies.



Who: Rumpunch presesent Sketch the Rhyme, The Phonies, MonkFly & Super Info

What: Sketchy, Hip Hop live show

When: Saturday 26 September 2009

Where: Dazzeland (Home of Sketch City) 25 Eastment St, Northcote 3070

more info

23 September 2009

ANAT - Filter magazine online

First published as the ANAT Bulletin in July 1988, Filter has been informing and inspiring a global network of artists, designers, curators, researchers, writers, educators and creative and research organisations for over two decades.

Now in its 11th year, Filter is becoming even more interactive, with the launch of the online Filter site. Produced as a partner to our print version, it is designed to allow for more open communication from and with you, our audience.

We hope this space will become an active and sharing online community where the dialogue initiated by the articles will live on….

Each issue is guest edited and thematically investigates an area of emerging practice or an art form of the future, exploring the new creativities which are occurring across community, culture and industry. Filter also keeps you up to date with the latest news from each of ANAT’s Core program areas.


Artefact - New Media Festival

on covering and uncovering media

An exhibition, performances and concerts by artists with different backgrounds meet at the Artefact festival for media art.

Behind the Image | The Image behind (on covering and uncovering media) presents work that investigates what’s hidden or invisible behind images. . The technological and ideological/political dimensions are often strongly connected. A medium or technology can both cover and reveal by using the very same mechanisms, but images inevitably show and hide at the same time.

ARTEFACT is initiated by provincie Vlaams-Brabant
and STUK arts centre


Artists 2009

Artists 2008

Artists 2007

Julius Popp

The brilliant bit.fall by Julius Popp at the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008--bit.fall artistically reveals internet-based information generated by a statistics algorithm via controlled drips of water that create a waterfall of words and images.

bit.fall features a horizontal module with computer-controlled valves hung from the ceiling. Water droplets are released at precise times to form predetermined shapes. The result is a word or message that seems to magically rain down from the ceiling and then disappear upon impact with the floor.


Julius Popp’s work has received numerous international distinctions. His interdisciplinary projects are not only recognized in the art world but also in the field of scientific research. Presently, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as well as the Fraunhofer Institut in Bonn are studying Julius Popp’s realizations in the laboratory: he developed, as a part of his artistic work, robots that introduced new forms of artificial intelligence.




A short documentary about German artist Julius Popp while setting up his work Bit.Fall in St Louis.




Julius Popp's news ticker device in action at the Dogenhaus Galerie booth at the Volta art fair in Basel. 2008

more on bit flow

Melbourne's Laneways

A controversy has been brewing in Melbourne over the City Council's plans to override heritage overlays and hand over sections of some of the city's laneways to developers. Opponents are particularly concerned that this sets a precedent and that the City Council is at risk of damaging Melbourne's unique laneway culture.

Over the past 25 years, Melbourne has transformed its urban image by privileging an entirely separate world of cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, away from the wide, noisy chaos of the wider boulevards. But another aspect of these laneways has taken these lanes to the world stage. Melbourne is now considered one of the finest venues for street art - the sort of grafitti and stencil art that tests the tolerance of a city's establishment.

Michael Shirrefs has been speaking to two laneway specialists - Andy Mac, who runs Melbourne's City Lights street art project; and Historian Weston Bate, former president of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and author of a history of the lanes, called Essential, But Unplanned.

listen now | download audio


18 September 2009

Obey - Canberra

Obey: Shepard Fairey Posters will be on show at the National Portrait Gallery until January 17.

American artist Shepard Fairey may not be a household name but his work is well-known around the world.

Twenty-five posters of subjects Fairey believes have had a major impact on popular culture are on show at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in Canberra.

Obey: Shepard Fairey Posters features images of Barack Obama, Prince, Andy Warhol, Aung San Suu Kyi, Billy Idol, Debbie Harry and Guns and Roses.



13 September 2009

Cartrain & Hirst - part 2, pencils

The story...
16 year old graffiti artist Cartrain walked into the Tate Britain (London) and removed a packet of pencils from one of Damien Hirst exhibits. Damien Hirst and Cartrain have a long-standing rocky history. Earlier this year Hirst targeted the young graffiti artist Cartrain using Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) for breach of copyright infringement on his latest series of artworks being sold via 100artworks.com.

The box of very rare "FABER CASTELL dated 1990 Mongol 482 series" pencils were removed from Damien Hirst's "PHARMACY installation" by Cartrain on Thursday the 2nd of July around 4pm. Not long after the pencils were removed from the installation a fake police 'appeal for assistance' posters appeared all around London.

Cartrain's Demands...
For the safe return of Damien Hirst's pencils I would like my artworks back that DACS and Hirst took off me in November. It’s not a large demand. He can have his pencils back when I get my artworks back. DACS are now not taking any notice of my emails and I have asked nicely more than five times to try and resolve this matter. Hirst has until the end of this month to resolve this or on 31st of July the pencils will be sharpened. He has been warned.

Image of police poster...

Cartrain was arrested on Friday the 17th July 2009. The same day the story was printed in the Independent newspaper. He was arrested and put on on bail until September the 11th 2009.

-10,000,000 pounds worth of damages (yes that's 10 million).
-500,000 pounds worth of theft.

Bail conditions...
-Cartrain is not allowed to post anything on the Internet.
-Cartrain is not allowed in any public building that displays art.
-Cartrain is not allowed in any public or private building displaying Damien Hirst's artworks.

If Cartrain is convicted we think this will be the highest value modern art theft on UK soil. The pencils have to be placed back in to the installation by Hirst in person.

Image of the police bail form...

Sources of information...

Pencil Images...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/100artworks/3707603610/ (Print pulled form sale)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/100artworks/3707602796/ (the pencils)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/100artworks/3696754195/ (fake Cartrain police poster)

Cartrain Images about Hirst...
100artworks online urban art gallery

Its interesting how Hirst gets his pencil valuation of 500,000 pounds. According to Australian accounting, you value assets at the LOWER of cost price or market price. So the question is, how much did Hirst pay for the pencils? He can make up any large figure he likes for market price, but the accounting valuation will still be the cost price if it was lower. Perhaps the UK rules are different, but I doubt it.

10 September 2009

Urban Art/Graffiti Subject Index 2009

Urban Art/Graffiti Subject Index 2009
From January to September


On being a Byrd
Laser's book - Vice review

Stencil Art Exhibition
On at China Heights
On at Urban Uprising
Ghostpatrol And Miso
Reface Street Art - Perth
Nice - melbourne
Everfresh Studio
Street Art - Adelaide
st.peters 2.0 - Sydney
St Peters Sydney
Sydney Graffiti article
lcbeats & Mays
SmARTarts 2009
Ruban Rat - Sydney
match box projects - sydney
MAY’S Lane Street Art Project
Australian Stencil Art Prize
ABC on Graffiti
567 King
dmote - stupid krap
Melbourne Ink - Launch

Swifty - Melbourne
Urban Art Agenda #3
Urban Art Agenda #3
- more
Dont Ban the Can

Lil' Shy - WolfandPack Amsterdam
Bron (source) - Amsterdam
Studio Apart - Amsterdam
Mikosa - Amsterdam

Laser 3.14 - Book Launch

Free Art Frenzy - Amsterdam
The London Police - Interview


Space Invader Video
Strange Street Signs
Graffiti Auction France
GRAFFITI - Auction Paris
Né dans la rue – Graffiti Paris

Space Invader Interview
Greek Graffiti
Nuart 09
FAME Festival - Italy

Urban Art Auction - UK
Galleries - London

The Cans Festival 2008 - UK

Recoat - Glasgow
D*Face - Interview
Lego Festo
Word to Mother Interviews

Cartrain and Hirst
Lekay, Hirst and Cartrain - copyright dispute
Cartrain & Hirst - part 2, pencils
Myspace Street Art Arrest
40 streetartists

Powderbomb Articles
Graffiti, Art & Fear - ABC
Remix - talk at the NYPL
Graffiti History @149st
Graffiti Tools and Techniques

Royce Bannon on GETV
UBUWEB - Street Posters
Joshua Allen Harris
Open Air - Graffiti Documentary

Street Photo Copyright - NZ
thisisrabbit - NZ

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU
StreetArt In The Studio
Sheep Dog Art
Warhol & Basquiet
Real Street Life of Graffiti
Graffiti Films - part 1
Shepard Fairey - Animation


Urban Prankster

The London Police - Interview


The London Police talk about their upcoming exhibit at Carmichael Gallery in Los Angeles and life as international men of mystery.

09 September 2009

Space Invader Interview

Video Description:

Incognito French artist, Invader traces the birth of his signature pixelated mosaic style, his invasion of 40 cities worldwide and the concept behind his TOP 10 Rubikscubism exhibit at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery.

About Invader:

Invader’s work illustrates the overwhelming effect technology has had on contemporary culture while also critiquing it, using the ancient and traditional technique of mosaics to simulate digital pixels. Referencing the 1978 Atari video game, the artist began placing mosaics featuring Space Invaders on the streets of Paris in the late 1990s. Joined by Pac Man ghosts and other popular 8-bit characters, the works soon became a familiar sight to encounter in any urban environment. Invader’s usage of tile to create street art, rather than paint or stencil, is not only a unique choice of medium—it also emphasizes his commentary of how digital information networks have affected and transformed our society. Sightings of the work have spread over the last ten years on a global scale as the artist continues invading public spaces across five continents. Currently, Invader’s work can be found on the streets of over forty cities, worldwide. – Via Jonathan LeVine Gallery

About Top 10 Exhibit at Jonathan LeVine Gallery:

Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Top 10, a solo exhibition of new works by the Parisian street artist known as Invader. Returning to the gallery for his first solo show in New York, Top 10 marks a highly anticipated event for this internationally celebrated artist. Known for using mosaic tiles to re-create popular characters from vintage 8-bit video games (such as Space InvadersPac-Man) on the streets of cities around the world, the artist’s individual mosaics are carefully cataloged after placement in context to their surrounding environment. Yet, since the project has grown on a global-scale, each piece also carries considerable significance from a larger perspective—populating what is now a worldwide installation that stretches across the planet. Invader’s mosaics can be found on the streets of over 40 cities, on all five (inhabitable) continents. Like the game, his mission is literally an invasion of (public) space. and

Top 10 introduces a new series of original two and three-dimensional works featuring the artist’s signature pixel-based aesthetic, created in mediums such as mosaic tile and rubik’s cubes, which clearly translate the concept of pixilation (the division of visual information in digital format). Invader is the first artist to bring pixels to life, both in the physical world and in the art world. Echoing the neo-Impressionist painting technique of pointillism, with a contemporary voice, his evolved methods bring the composite image concept into the digital age. The show title Top 10 references popular music, as the artist has selected what he believes are the top ten album covers of his generation as subjects for re-interpretation using his own innovative technique of Rubikcubism. The term Rubikcubism is used to describe an art movement of which Invader is believed to be the originator, using Rubik’s Cubes (a 3-D mechanical puzzle game popular in the 1980’s). This exhibition also includes large-scale mixed-media sculptures in bright primary colors and a video installation of projected time-lapse footage, which reveals the geometric complexity of the artist’s incredible process in creating pieces in this show. – Via Jonathan LeVine Gallery



Jonathan LeVine Gallery


The Invasion News Letter 33 is out:


More on Invader from Blakkbyrd






08 September 2009

Dont Ban the Can


Don’t Ban the Can (DBTC) is a non-profit arts and culture movement with an underground urban philosophy, formed as a result of harsh, unjust anti graffiti laws within Victoria, Australia. Jeremy Gaschk together with the We Make Stuff Good collective felt the need for a voice from the streets. Created and run by artists for artists, the movement began with a stand against the new anti graffiti laws introduced into Victoria in June 2008. With a successful initial event in September 2008, the project received support from tens of thousand’s of people from around the globe. DBTC has felt the need to expand into a world wide pro graffiti and street art movement. This has involved tackling issues that inhibit the art form’s culture, ethos and creativity to successfully prosper, evolve and expand.

The Croft Alley Project will bring together an all-star line up of artists from around Australia to create a world-class, large-scale, urban masterpiece. Using graffiti, street, stencil, sticker and paste up artists the project will transform the Croft laneway from a dirty back alley into a creative, colourful and socially innovative thoroughfare visited by tens of thousands of tourists each year.

Here’s a link straight to the event on Facebook :

03 September 2009



I first encountered and photographed DOLK's work in Berlin when I was there for the graffiti film festival in 2006, and later in Amsterdam.

see earlier blakkbyrd posts

Nuart 09

Sept 10-Oct 11. Opening night : 1900-2100
Skur 2 Gallery and the city streets.

Fri/Sat/Sun 11-13 Sept : 1200-1800
Fridays : 1500-1900
Sat & Sundays : 1200-1600

Nuart is an annual international street art festival based in Stavanger on the West Coast of Norway. From the first week of September an international team of street artists start to leave their mark on the city's walls and contribute to a one month long Nuart static show.

This page is a constantly updated source of information on the event, the artists and the works featured on Nuart. In addition the Nuart crew brings you the latest news from the world of streetart, grafitti and urban culture.


FAME Festival - Italy

Studiocromie is pleased to announce FAME festival for what it is: the meeting of a dozen international artists in a small italian centre, Grottaglie.

The idea is to host the artists for variable length of time (from 1 to 4 weeks) and to offer them the cooperation of the local artisans for the production of pottery works and limited edition prints.

Furthermore the artists will have at their disposal several walls to paint around the city, in order to upgrade a few areas which are aesthetically depressed.

At the end of their stay, everything created, including new original artworks, screenprints and ceramic pieces made with the collaboration of local artisians will be showcased in a final group show.
it will take place in one of the most ancient ceramics workshop of the area,
the opening is set to be on the 19th of september




Word to Mother Interviews


another interview