Freitag, 9. März 2018

Murals Of The Future - lecture by Jens Besser in Kassel/DE

Friday 16th March Jens Besser holds a lecture in Kassel about his works of past, present and future. In the lecture he explains his development of murals from unauthorized works to official performances such as the Murals Of The Future-series together with Stefan Schwarzer.

What? "Murals Of The Future" - lecture
When? Friday, 16th March 2018 - 6.30 p.m.
Where? Weinbergkrug - Frankfurter Strasse 54, 34121 Kassel

Entrance is for free - a selection of books of Besser is available

Mittwoch, 1. März 2017

MONUMENTAL DISCUSSION - interviews with mural experts during a meeting in Kosice

In 2015 a "MEETING OF PUBLIC SPACE ART FESTIVAL ORGANISERS" took place in KOŠICE, SLOVAKIA. The reason for the meet up was to reflect about the contemporary situation of muralism in Europe, especially in the east. That's why the focos was on inviting organisers of Festivals from eastern european countries.
A lot of different points of view on muralism were discussed but the main topics were:

- Art as “make up” for buildings

- Ethics behind art in public space

- Is street art just adding to the problem we have with public space

The meeting was organized by Street Art Communication Team.

People hosted during the meeting :

Edgars Zvirgzdiņš – Blank Canvas – Riga, Latvia
Ula Ambrasaite – Vilnius Street Art Festival – Vilnius, Lithuania
Jens Besser – Time for Murals, Muralismo Morte - Dresden, Germany
Blazej Rusin – Black Circle - Ukraine
Mihail Melnichenko – Black Circle - Ukraine
Oksana Sinkevych – Black Circle - Ukraine
Michal Biezynski – Lodz, Poland
Viktor Feher – Street Art Communication – Kosice, Slovakia
Palko Matia - Street Art Communication – Kosice, Slovakia
Dominik Hintos - Street Art Communication – Kosice, Slovakia
Filip Kakara - Street Art Communication – Kosice, Slovakia
Clara Ros Roig – reporter – Barcelona, Spain
Lubos Bisto – chair - Street Art Communication – Kosice, Slovakia

Black Circle - Ukraine

Michal Biezynski – Lodz Murals, Poland

Edgars Zvirgzdiņš – Blank Canvas – Riga, Latvia

Jens Besser – Time for Murals, Muralismo Morte - Dresden, Germany

Ula Ambrasaite – Vilnius Street Art Festival – Vilnius, Lithuania

Street Art Communication – Kosice, Slovakia

Dienstag, 21. Februar 2017

Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF) - 2017

After 2016 the Brisbane Street Art Festival takes place for a second time. BSAF runs from 11th February till 3rd March at different locations.

"Building from strong response and support our second festival in February 2017 is set to be a massive program of arts, music and culture. The inaugural BSAF was held across 25 locations delivering a platform for both artists and the community to engage and contribute to a growing creative industry right in the heart of Brisbane City."

The whole program you can check out on their website.

Freitag, 10. Februar 2017

Trains, Travels & Murals - New Catalogue about Jens Besser

Trains, Travels and Murals - Catalogue Launch 17.2.2017 - Magic City Hot off the press Jens Besser presents his catalogue "Trains, Travels & Murals" on Friday 17th February at Magic City. His second catalogue gives an overview of murals, works done during travels and well in media recognized pieces. Works from nearly one decade are combined with texts of international art critics, curators and researchers. On 120 pages this catalogue shows the development and most important steps of Jens Bessers artistic path. The catalogue is published multilingual - English & German.

Friday - 17th February 2017

Start 7 p.m.

Magic City - Zeitenströmungen Areal
Königsbrücker Straße 96
Dresden / Germany

Dienstag, 7. Februar 2017

Publication "Time for Murals"

In 2014 the project Time for Murals took part in Dresden. Time for Murals was an international mural project meeting organized by Jens Besser and riesa efau in Dresden Friedrichstadt.
To document the process, discussions and painted murals of Time for Murals a publication has been published. A huge mix of pictures gives an overview of murals by participating projects and the process of Time for Murals. All texts are bilingual written in German and English.

The publication is published by international neighborhood. The prize is really fair - only 10€. You can order it here.

A PDF-preview is online available.

Videodocumentation of WALLCOME Festival in Schmalkalden

"In September 2014 the Thuringian small town of Schmalkalden was ruled by urban art and graffiti. During its main event week, the urban art festival WALLCOME offered films, presentations, exhibitions and live-painting, introducing the many facets of graffiti and urban art. Now, only a year later, WALLCOME's operators and organisers, including well-known urban artists like AKUT and CASE, look back on their work. A documentary film captures all of the murals that the involved artists created for the festival. Bibliophiles will be pleased about the printed documentation also available. The booklet's 60 pages entail not only pictures and articles on all of the participating artists and their works, but also many in-depth essays about graffiti. Anyone interested may order the booklet by e-mailing the festival's organisers ( The urban art festival WALLCOME has demonstrated vividly that street art is not limited to urban environments. If supported by the local authorities, administration and businesses, this unique art form can find its place in rural areas just as well. The WALLCOME-artists are: Hendrick 'ECB' Beikirch, CASE MA'CLAIM, M-City, Pixel Pancho, Know Hope, Herakut, Andrew Hem, ROA. WALLCOME was supported by: foundation Meininger Kliniken, Thüringer Energie, the town Schmalkalden, the county Schmalkalden-Meiningen, the Thuringian ministry for economy, work and technology, the culture-foundation of Thuringia, the LAG Soziokultur Thüringen, the embassy of the state Israel and the embassy of Flanders. ___________________________________________________________________________ Camera: Sascha Bühner, Mike Deichmann, Falk Lehmann Edit: Stefan Pohl Music: Andreas Möckel Video from Stefan Pohl on

Montag, 18. Januar 2016

collettivo FX

Text by Pietro Rivasi*

In spite of being often considered or looked at as site specific, graffiti writing and street art interventions on public walls most of the times are not. Pieces are actually just applied to surfaces with no further attempt to make them fit to the surrounding area, to its history, to the tastes, interests or dreams of the people living in the neighborhood.

That is even more true when we speak about modern muralism: many artists in spite of the time and the tools they have, just paint the picture prepared at home as they were dealing with a canvas in their studio, wherever in the world they are. That approach results for example in huge walls painted not even taking care of the narrow space the viewers can rely to to take a look at the painting so the shared pictures on the web are taken with wide angles or on top of other buildings or scaffolds etc, giving a totally fake perception of the piece itself.

Between the ones that operare with a different sensibility and will to create artworks that dialogue the more possible with the surroundings, there is a very active italian team.

This "case study" would like to introduce "Collettivo FX", a "street art crew" whose work could probably be referred to as really site specific wether they work "wild" in the streets, in an abandoned factory or for a commisioned mural.

Collettivo FX is based in the Reggio Emilia area, in the rich and left wing Emilia Romagna, located in the "mid north" of Italy. Their works range from huge murals to hand drown posters and is mostly "uncommisioned", wether it's done along the streets with markers or paint brushes, in abandoned factories or in dangerous and poor suburbian areas with the “permission” and help of the block people.

They usually paint characters with a style that can be defined as pretty rough, both for the very limited use of colours and for the stylized and synthetic way of rapresenting pictures; also, they do not use automatic scaffolds but just sticks so the sizes of the murals depend on the length of the stick and on the wall itself (eg. if it’s possible to paint upside down, they will).

About colours, one of the group trademarks are "buona la prima" pieces: pictures painted with just one colour that leave no room for corrections.

Street bombing in 2014 collettivo FX started a "campaign" painting municipality's gas/powerstation concrete boxes very common in italy's streets with portraits of the people giving names to the streets themselves. the series in the pictures is mamed “la storia sotto casa” (that can be translated as “the history downstairs”). That project brings to the often unaware citizen's attention, and expecially the block inhabitants, the existance of these people, often important for the history of the city itself.

Officine Meccaniche Reggiane ( one of the most important crew's “project” is the one involving a huge abandoned factory right next Reggio Emilia’s main train station and to the small city airport. The enormous area used to be a steelworks from the early '900 building train cars, planes, heavy duty machines and other different prodoucts. It has been one of the most important steel factories in the whole europe and gave jobs to thousands of men, that's to say, a quite big slice of the working class of the whole town; it was theater of the longest strike in Italy (one year, 1950-1951) during wich the workers self organized themselves, being able to project and produce an heavy duty tractor, making that place a symbol of self-management and leftwing politics. It was also used during WWII to produce planes for the fascist and nazi army, but the high presence of partisans working in the place, lead to a high rate of tampered vehicles and other kinds of rebellious acts. The area started being dismissed in the early nineties and got completely abandoned in 2012. Since then collettivo FX transformed it into a street art working space/atelier, being able to bring there dozens of artists from all over italy and europe, without any permission. The love and respect for the history of the place drove them to live the place so much, they ended up making friends with the homeless and drug addicts that literally lived inside. That again, drove to some very site specific artworks e.g one of the homeless living the place got a huge portrait of him on a wall.

Now the place is full of artworks and got various "reviews" on national newspapers that got interested in the phenomenon; the access to the place, even if still not legal, is "de facto" tolerated, probably due to the very good "social" value of the whole project.

Hot neighbourhoods collettivo FX habitually paints with no authorities' permissions in hot neighborhoods like Palermo's infamous “Zen”. The approach they have is to go in to the place and start dialoguing with kids living the streets, having suggestions about what they would like to see on their blocks' walls and asking them help to realize the painting, free styling the subject and with no control on the walls that the people decide to share with the artists. The same happens often when invited to festivals: instead of arriving with a sketch, they try to get ideas from passers by who often get also involved in painting with them.

* Pietro Rivasi is curator and critic from Italy. He co-curated projects such as "bookshow" at "The bridges of graffiti show" in 2015 or ICONE - Modena . Rivasi published in numerous publications and works with d406 gallery) in Modena.

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