23 January 2010

Lecture - Street Photography

Photography expert Lisa Kurzner leads a discussion on Through the Spyglass: Politics and Play in Street Photography, 1960 to the Present. The conversation covers the history of street photography and its place in the political landscape of the Vietnam era. Kurzner discusses Garry Winogrand, Susan Meiselas and Danny Lyon, as well as ideas of surveillance and voyeurism in photography. 47 mins 29 secs


Lecture - Second Life

Note that Second Life has changed considerably since this 2007 lecture.

Eric Gordon moderates a panel discussion about art practice in Second Life, an 3-D online world where real business is conducted using virtual dollars that can then be traded in the real world.

Called "the biggest digital art installation in the world" by Warren Ellis, Second Life is a highly imaginative, online, 3-D rendered environment populated with avatars (graphic representations of people). In Second Life you can teleport, fly, do not age, live in a house, go to clubs, take classes, make and view art, or just "hang out." Spanning more than 42,000 acres in real-world scale, Second Life is second home to over 2 million "residents," many of whom collaboratively create its content.

This lecture is a part of the 2007 Boston Cyberarts Festival and produced in partnership with Emerson College and Turbulence.org's "OurFloatingPoints 4: Participatory Media" series.1 hour 53mins


A Second Life update

"It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it’s raking in more cash than ever before"

full article: Jan 2010

more discussion of second life on iDC January 2010

22 January 2010

Hip Hop - Lectures

Selwyn Seyfu-Hinds discusses his book, Gunshots in My Cook-Up: Bits and Bites from a Hip-Hop Caribbean Life,. In it, Hinds shares an insider's view on the world of hip-hop music and the dramatic lives of its celebrities. Part memoir, part cultural critique, he traces the heights and depths of his hip-hop love affair and hip-hop's indelible impact on American culture. 29mins 02 secs


Professors and artists discuss how hip-hop is now being used to encourage political engagement.

Rap music continues to draw an economically and racially diverse constituency of young people who grow more and more serious about such hot-button issues as police brutality, healthcare, and joblessness. Turning away from the misogyny, materialism, and violence that are sometimes associated with their music, members of the hip-hop generation are making serious inroads toward harnessing the power of a unique movement to foster social responsibility. 1hour 13 mins



Moderated by Isaiah Jackson, various panelists come together to discuss the politics, identities and cultures that have been emerging from the hip-hop movement.

In its varied aspects, hip-hop embraces music, art, and dance. Emerging in the early 1970s from the African American and Latino communities of the Bronx, hip-hop culture has evolved into a creative force drawing an economically and culturally diverse international audience. Defying controversies and negative labels associated with hip-hop, artists and activists are increasingly collaborating to move hip-hop in the direction of greater political engagement and social responsibility. Today, hip-hop has the potential to serve as a positive agent for change at the community and national levels. 1 hour 24mins


20 January 2010

Zevs in Hong Kong


In the aftermath of street artist Zevs' "liquidation" of Giorgio Armani's store in Central this week, the Frenchman has had to deal with his arrest and subsequent court case in which he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage.

Representatives of Giorgio Armani demanded nearly HK$6.7 million in damages. They say because they could not remove the paint from the store's facade because of its sandstone nature. Zevs said he deliberately used a water-based paint that ought to have been easily removable. But professional cleaners hired by Armani claim otherwise.

The case has been adjourned till 14th August pending both sides' assessment of the damage. Without prior knowledge to his planned stunt, the Post interviewed Zevs days before the incident and introduced us to some of his previous art work.


the exhibition was at

Art Statements Gallery
G/F, 5 Mee Lun Street
Central, Hong Kong

Zevs' artist page at the gallery

"ZEVS was arrested by the police in Hong Kong during the night of July 13th after having affixed a giant Chanel sticker on the Armani building wall and liquidated it with black water paint. Armani claimed first that the cost of damage was HK$6.8mio. The artist was forced to hand over his passport and stay in Hong Kong until August 14th, judgement day. In the meantime ZEVS is trying to clean the wall with the expertise of a company in Denmark with a Karcher and some special chemicals. "

Zevs' website

Graffiti Analysis

Graffiti Analysis is an extensive ongoing study in the motion of graffiti. Custom software designed for graffiti writers creates visualizations of the often unseen motion involved in the creation of a tag. Motion data is recorded, analyzed and archived in a free and open database, 000000book.com, where writers can share analytical representations of their hand styles. Influential graffitis artist such as SEEN, TWIST, AMAZE, KETONE, JON ONE and KATSU have had their tags motion captured using the Graffiti Analysis software. All tags created in Graffiti Analysis are saved as Graffiti Markup Language (GML) files, a new digital standard used by other popular graffiti applications such as Laser Tag and EyeWriter. Graffiti Analysis 2.0 is an open source project that is available online for free in OSX, Windows and Linux. Graffiti writers are invited to capture and share their own tags, and computer programmers are invited to create new applications and visualizations of the resulting data. What Martha Cooper did for archiving graffiti on film, and Chalfant/Silver did for archiving graffiti in video, Graffiti Analysis intends to do for archiving graffiti in code. The project aims to build the world's largest archive of graffiti motion and bring together two seemingly disparate communities that share an interest hacking systems, whether found in code or in the city.

For more information, please see the about page.

watch the video here

07 January 2010

Graff Granpa - USA

There have been a number of posts on here about Graff Grannies now we have graff granpa. I wonder if the tagging granma in Amsterdam featured here is actually older. Just not from the USA publicity machine. He's obviously following the "Andre the giant has a Posse" technique.


graf gran on blakkbyrd

graf gran gets up
graf gran gets buffed
graf gran's garden gets up

(thanx to GraffLondon blog for this)

04 January 2010

30Works - Cologne

30works brings street art to Germany. As one of the first German art galleries we introduce to you "Pop-Art of the 21st century".

Is this an exaggeration? No, as there is nearly no other work of art as fascinating as the one by Banksy, D*Face & Co.

30works offers a top-class collection of pop art and street art masterpieces. You will find a small selection on our website and much more by visiting our Gallery.



view the "making of" video
20mins in German