In post-Katrina New Orleans the artistCandy Chang used the power of public art to provide hope for overcoming emotional trauma: she painted a wall of an abandoned building and stenciled the sentence, “Before I die I want to _____.” Within a day the wall was covered with colorful messages of people. Since then, more than four hundred Before I Die walls have been created in over 60 countries and over 25 languages. The book collects the images, the tears, the stories, the secret thoughts, the smiles, the fears and the dreams behind the public walls.
Moved by Eugene Smith’s photos and a devotion for wheat pasting, doctor James “Chip” Thomas has a second identity as Jetsonorama and since 2009 he has been pasting large prints of his pictures taken in the Navajo reservation in Arizona (USA). The aim is to establish interactions with a traditional, indigenous community without knowledge of street art and even a word to define it, and interactions between travelers and the desert’s residents, challenging sterotypes and fostering local economy. In 2012 he started The Painted Desert Project, inviting street artists from all over the world to experiment their creativity and to dialogue with the social and natural environment.
Within the frame of Urban Lights Ruhr, osa - office for subversive architecture and Christoph Rodatz have created a temporary light work for a vacant tower block, which has been turned into a huge sculpture by means of black painting and will be demolished at the end of the year.
Inspired by the Futurist movement and its manifesto of cookery titled La Cucina Futurista, Marije Vogelzang has designed Pasta Sauna, both a food performance and a smart installation. People can enter the space and flavour&taste a bowl of freshly cooked pasta, while the boiling water steams creating sauna effects.
In September a train will travel from the New York island to California activating the cultural landscape with site-specific interventions and making connections among artists, musicians and creative pioneers. It’s an idea by Doug Aitken.
This is a public Love Letter to Brooklyn, whose canvas is an abandoned Macy’s parking garage and is a community-based art project as the words are those of Brooklynites met in the neighbourhood by the artist Steve Powers.
Within the frame of Archstoyanie 2013, SVESMI has presented Field Library: 8 (literally) romantic installations, 8 modalities of reading and 8 experiments on the Russian landscape establishing a poetic connection among nature, reader and a book.
Photos by Anastasia Sheveleva, Alexander Sverdlov and Julia Ardabyevskaya _ All rights reserved.