Artist presentations by Adrian Burnham (UK), Julien de Casabianca (FR) and Nipper (UK/NO)
Stencils, paste up’s, ad takeovers, performances, street poetry, tiles, flyers, stickers, murals and more: there are many forms of unsanctioned public art and creativity on our city streets. What drives artists to create them and why are these forms of expression blooming? How can Street Art help to create the spaces and places where dreams and visions of a fairer society can take root?
There are many challenges facing contemporary culture and society today: art can be a tool not only for exploring them but also for offering solutions. Here, artists discuss the strategies and tools they use to participate in public space, why it’s important, and how you too can get involved in shaping your physical and mental environment.
Adrian Burnham has a long held empirical interest in both the variety and efficacy of interventions on urban space and a particular fascination with paper-based art and visual activism. His career spans both a mundane engagement with the metropolis – as a commercial flyposter in the 1980s and 90s – to more academic study of the city and the social production of space at Goldsmiths University. After 10 years leading courses and lecturing on art and design at Hackney Community College, in June 2016 he founded and continues to curate www.flyingleaps.co.uk: a street display and online platform for socio-politically engaged artists.
Julien de Casabianca is a visual artist, filmmaker and founder of the Outings Project – a global participatory art project that embellishes the streets with portraits taken from classical paintings.
Nipper is a Bergen-based artist whose Mission Directives project focuses on social ideals of sharing, creativity and citizen-led communication in public space through the installation of temporary and interactive artworks to create alternative zones of communication. By questioning who has the power and authority to communicate messages and create meaning in our shared spaces – and the public’s relationship to their urban environment – Mission Directives becomes part of a broader conversation of social significance.
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