Bringing some different content to the graffiti community. Showcasing 5 notorious graffiti rivalries across more than 5 decades of spray art. I’m obviously not a graff historian, so while I’ve tried to research this info to get it as accurate as possible take it with a grain of salt. Let it intrigue you but provoke you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions, this word ain’t gospel!
With his debut film, Me At The Zoo (Sundance 2012), Chris Moukarbel established a new directorial style that involved accessing a significant amount of user-generated footage from various social media outlets. He used this style to tell the story of Internet celebrity Chris Crocker and the birth of YouTube.
Moukarbel was approached by HBO to chronicle Banksy self imposed NYC residency. Banksy Does New York premiered in Nov 2014. He is also creator of the new HBO series Sex Now which explores sex and relationships in the Information Age. His work often explores ideas around technology and identity.
Viral Art: How the internet has shaped street art and graffiti, a new ebook by Vandalog editor-in-chief and college senior RJ Rushmore launched today. The entirety of Viral Art is now available to read for free at ViralArt.net and downloadable for free in PDF and EPUB formats here.
Viral Art traces how the histories of street art and graffiti have been shaped by communication technologies, from trading photos by hand to publishing books to sharing photos online. It’s the most comprehensive look to date at what the internet has done for street art and graffiti. Conceptualizing the internet as a public space, RJ concludes by arguing that the future of street art and graffiti may lie in digital interventions.
In researching for this project, RJ interviewed over 50 members of the street art and graffiti communities. In Viral Art, you’ll find brand new interviews, quotes and anecdotes from Banksy, Shepard Fairey, KATSU, Poster Boy, Ron English, Martha Cooper and many more. The cover of Viral Art is an animated GIF by General Howe, featuring artwork by Diego Bergia and Jay Edlin as well as photographs by RJ Rushmore and Martha Cooper.
On October 13, the infamous street artist Banksy attempted to sell $60 canvases (worth tens-of-thousands of dollars each) to unsuspecting New Yorkers. In seven hours, he had just three customers. A week later “Fake Banksy” appeared in the same spot, selling “fake” canvases for the same price. Check out the video to see what happened.