In forty years, graffiti has grown from a local New York subculture into a worldwide phenomenon with its own heroes and business models. Embraced as urban decoration or buffed by all means, graffiti has escaped a slow death, mainly thanks to the internet. Actions in the real world are increasingly carried out and documented with their digital distribution in mind, leading to refreshing self-reflection and an emphasis on the performative nature of writing.
Don’t tell the taggers, but graffiti has evolved into a mature, varied artform that doesn’t shy away from difficult themes and that combines resistance against repression with a contagious hacker mentality. Meanwhile, the kick of illegality continues to be an important motivation, inextricably linked to kudos and street credibility.??
With #ViralVandals MU presents an exhibition about the second life of graffiti. Going virtually viral will replace the street in the quest for even greater visibility. New forms of expression emerge and the DNA of the scene changes irreversibly. A monument to the international, online graffiti community—young creators and global icons—in Eindhoven.
4608 & Fabian Sigurd, Boyscout, Brad Downey, Eewan, Good Guy Boris, Loiq, Mobstr, MOSES&TAPS™, MVIN, Nawas, Nug & Pike, Rage, Sauli Sirviö, TOY Crew, Utah & Ether, Veli & Amos, Zelle Asphaltkultur
Co-curators: Jasper van Es & Good Guy Boris
“No comment.” tells one story using two very different narratives . In spring of 2016, Utah & Ether set out on a 5 week holiday to Australia, but before the end of the second week their travels took an unexpected turn. Utilizing the tête-bêche format, “No comment.” gives intimate accounts of their Australian trip gone awry. Half of the zine is from the perspective of Ether and tells of his experiences within the Victoria Prison System. The other half of the zine gives details of Utah’s exploits, traveling and painting in Australia without her partner and while on the run from the police. The zine features personal stories from both the artists, as well as photos and evidence from the Magistrates Courts of Melbourne.
Nice trailer just dropped for the up-coming video Ontrack, watch it!