Filed under: COOL SHT, Feature | Tags: anti-gravity ball, Bill Cunningham, Brooklyn, Donna Summer, e-commerce, Facebook, Fashion, Graffiti, IPO, Kent, LA, Los Angeles, MIT, MOCA, NY Times, NYC, Pinterest, Retna, Robin Gibb, South Bronx, Street Styles, Wild Style, Williamsburg, Zuckerberg
THIS WEEK: GRAFFITI NYC & LONG LIVE THE IPO
LA Artist Retna at the corner of Bowery/Houston
NY artist Wane along Kent Ave in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Kent Ave under the Williamsburg Bridge/ Brooklyn, NYC
Photo Credits: Daily Marauder
This past week, I spent some time in NYC. During my walking trips around the city, I took a few snaps of some incredible street art from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Street art holds quite a bit more worth to me than anything hanging in a gallery because of the circumstances surrounding its viewing. Much in the way Bill Cunningham chronicles street style in the NY Times to show what real (or somewhat real) New Yorkers are doing with the latest runway pieces, street art is built for everyone. Cunningham remarked that “The best fashion show is on the street” and I would add that the best art show is in the same place. No admission fee. No thoughtful head nodding or crowds of people. Just art. Unexpected and there whenever you want it.
It still strikes me as incredibly odd that LA brought the first street art exhibit to creation at the MOCA Los Angeles, while NYC snubbed its nose in Brooklyn. Between the two cities, street art certainly has its place where it is fostered. In NYC, that’s usually the outer boroughs and in LA that’s Hollywood or downtown LA.
I tried to track down the artist behind the bottom piece in Brooklyn but wasn’t successful. If anyone has the information, please leave a comment or email me.
This past weekend, I also watched the 1980’s film Wild Style all about graffiti art culture in the South Bronx, the birthplace of hip hop. It’s not a well-acted film by any means but it’s got a realness to it that’s fascinating.
In other news, Facebook’s IPO finally goes live and experiences some growing pains, the Zuck gets married, the queen and king of disco, Donna Summer & Robin Gibb, passed away, and Pinterest continues to show strength in pushing e-commerce.
Some more Cool Sh-t:
Filed under: Feature, TECHNOLOGY | Tags: Austin, Evan Roth, Graffiti, Graffiti Research Lab, GRL, James Powderly, Keynote, Laser Tag, LED Throwie, MC Yan, Open source, South by Southwest, Subcultures, SXSW, Theo Watson
SXSW KEYNOTE: JAMES POWDERLY GETS DOWN WITH LED’S
LED Throwie: a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together.
Today James Powderly spoke to the geek-fabulous crowd at SXSW in Austin. Powderly is an artist and technology maven who co-founded the Graffiti Research Lab in coordination with Evan Roth. The mission of the Graffiti Research Lab is to empower artists with open source technology to allow them to communicate in urban settings to the degree that advertisers are enabled.
Powderly’s first request of the crowd at SXSW: he wanted the crowd to flick him off and took a picture from on-stage. Talk about crowd sourcing… This one act set the stage for the interview to follow and the Graffiti Research Lab’s body of work.
The LED Throwie above represents one of the Graffiti Research Lab’s earliest works. The packaged lights can be thrown on surfaces creating an illuminated night-time vision. Click here or on the image above to see video of the LED throwies in action. For another example, click the LED Bombing image below.
The GRL’s latest technology L.A.S.E.R tag utilizes digital projection to enable graffiti artists’ a much larger canvas to create on. The image below was created on a recent trip to Tokyo.
Here’s how it works. A projector hooked to a computer with custom built software by Theo Watson reads the green light of the laser point via an attached camera. Wherever that camera detects the green laser pointer, it updates the projector with a white pixel stylizing the final effect to look like dripping paint. The software is open source allowing for other artists to build on these effects adding their own signature features.
Most amazing to me is the project they pulled off in Hong Kong. I used to think that New York City rocked the most amazing night-time city view worldwide… until I visited Hong Kong a few years ago.
Photo Credit: remz-zero
This shot above was taken from Kowloon overlooking Hong Kong Island. The building at the far left consisting of ascending lit triangles is the Bank of China designed by I.M. Pei.
For this remarkable project pulled off by the GRL in coordination with MC Yan, laser tag technology was used from 1,200 meters away on Hong Kong Island. MC Yan projected an image onto the Hong Kong Cultural Museum in Kowloon. This is the farthest distance the technology has ever successfully been used. Click here or on the image below to check out video of the project.
Powderly describes himself as a magician teaching other artists his tricks. Back in the day, graffiti artists would tag NYC subway trains as a way of spreading their message from the Bronx to Brooklyn. Now, the Graffiti Research Lab allows a whole new level of trickery to engage artists ways previously unimaginable.
As a laser tag parting gift, I leave you with the GRL’s latest collaboration: the music video The Hardest from AZ (featuring Styles P & Large Professor).
Filed under: Feature | Tags: Floor and Decorative Finishes, Germany, Graffiti, Hamburg, Hip-Hop, Image Galleries, Materials and Supplies, nextwall, Subcultures, Wall
SO two dimensional. How about a little 3D in your graffiti?
The picture and video are part of a project called Tagged in Motion, created by Jung von Matt/next, a German interactive communication agency. Here’s how this works. A graffiti artist is outfitted with virtual reality glasses and begins to draw. Three motion capture camera capture his movements as he draws using a virtual spray can. The glasses allow the artist to see the artwork in 3D as it is being drawn. A Bluetooth controller helps the artist choose color, strength of brushstroke and texture of his/her work.
But this is only a tiny bit of the project called Nextwall.
Combine street art with digital media.
April ’07 until the end of ‘08
Quick Response Codes are 2D images of the barcodes you see on pretty much any retail product. As “read” by a mobile phone, these images can translate to pictures, links, or text allowing for a translation much like looking at those pictures that make your eyes go weird. In essence, the phone acts as a decoder ring.
A small transmitter located near the Nextwall permanently transmits a Bluetooth signal allowing information to be sent to users. If Bluetooth is activated on the mobile phone, an information guide will be instantly offered. How’s that for saving some trees?
Finally, the wall offers mobile vouchers. A viewer takes a photo of one of the colored images on the wall. Then he/she sends a text message to a mobile number supplied. Through object recognition technology, a link to a surrounding retailer will be matched and sent back to the mobile phone user offering a discount to a restaurant or store in the area.
Yup. . .that’s pretty hot.
Filed under: Feature | Tags: 5 Points, Arts, Graffiti, Long Island City, Manhattan, MoMa, New York, New York City, PS1, Queens, United States, Visual Arts
JUMP!!: PS1 & 5 POINTS NYC
Go on second edition of Jump!! You may remember from our first edition, the genesis of this project but if not, here’s a brief recap. My friend Nita sent me a brilliant web site from Allison Reimus devoted to jumping in art museums. After giggling at my desk, I hatched a jumping plan of my own. Hence, Jump!! Part 1: The MoMa edition.
The idea behind these pictures is to layer art on top of art: the background masterpieces overlaid with animated expressions of joy. Jump time.
PS 1, our first location, is located on Long Island City, a sneeze away from Manhattan. We set out to take pictures in front of Wack!: Art and the Feminist Revolution but ended up taking many pictures in the courtyard in front of different pieces of art including Concrete Waves by Ryan McGuiness. The picture below enveloped in darkness is from Olafur Eliasson’s just opened Take Your Time exhibit.
5 Points, our second location, is across the street from PS1 and covered in the most beautiful graffiti this jumper has ever seen.
Jump!!: PS1 & 5 Points NYC Video
Being a part of this new ADD generation, I liked this idea for its accessibility to me and as an extension my larger target demo. These pictures and the process helped us to interact with the art and experience it in ways previously unimaginable.
Enough of the writing. . . More jumping.
Making Of Video
For more jump fun, click here or on any of the images above to view the entire photo stream.
Jumpers & Photo Credits:
Security Guard (Anonymous)
Martha Rivera & Leon
Live it loud.
In preparation for this Saturday’s second edition of Jump!!, I headed out for some test shots and discovered the most beautiful graffiti I have ever seen.
Video from Jump!! Part 1