DVD: Street Art- The Ephemeral Rebellion
Director: Anne Bürger, Benjamin Cantu
Media Format: PAL, Anamorphic
Run time: 55 minutes
Release date: 3 Dec. 2010
Subtitles: French, English, German
Studio: Rise and Shine Edition
Stencils, graffiti, posters, stickers, installations: street art is shown on walls, doors, sidewalks or street furniture. It is now part of the landscape of metropolises around the world. This provocative art forces us to take a closer look at an environment under commercial domination, from which it derives the codes. But the works are becoming increasingly volatile, exposed to destruction by public authority and the greed of amateurs or speculators. Because as rebellious as it is, street art does not entirely escape commercialization and starization. The Parisian stencil artist Blek le Rat, one of the oldest and most influential figures in street art, proves this here by taking us to New York, where he is preparing his next exhibition. New Yorker Swoon has moved to Berlin, where Brad Downey of Kentucky also works. Unlike the German capital, an absolute paradise for street performers, Moscow has a particularly repressive policy: the lifespan of many works does not exceed one or two hours, explains the artist Igor P., who presents the limited but very active street art scene of the Russian metropolis. The production of art on the street by independent artists has never been as high as it is today. “Reclaim the Streets!” is one of Street Art’s strongest motifs: recapturing the streets to mix up his uniformed ordered face. This art form is a happening of our time and allows us to take a closer look at the expressions of different artists. As an antipode on the commercially dominated cityscape, Street Art usually tries to build a bridge to the viewer, the passers-by. The motivation of the artists is based on the need to change the public space and to express the individual point of view. Usually it is seen as illegal and a tension arises between piece, topos and the intended society. “Street Art – the Ephemeral Rebellion” is a character-driven documentary with a factual yet open focus on spontaneous events. The aim of the film is to create an eclectic image of the phenomenon of contemporary Street Art through the eyes of its creators and those who discover, collect and love it. Within the film, we visit cities around the world to highlight the global impact of this truly political art form. French, English, German subtitles.
Steam 156 is a (former) graffiti writer, author, photographer and collector from the UK. He let go his private collection of graffiti media and memorabilia. All products are shipped from the Netherlands.