Le Mur de L’Art 2012 – Day 4 + conclusion

To close my series of articles about Le Mur de L’Art 2012, I want to talk about feelings and abstract things relating to street-art and graffiti.

After interviewing 35 graffiti and street artists during the last 4 days of the event, plus some interviews with other artists during the year of  2012, I  try to transcribe a general feeling of all them: Street-art and graffiti are about freedom,  generosity, democracy, exchange, adrenaline and self-expression.

Freedom to go to street without asking if they can, to show their art without depending on the support of galleries. Leave their message and transform the urban scenario.  The challenge of not limiting their creations by the size of a regular canvas.
Generosity in giving their creations without expecting nothing back. Purity of intentions to share their work and bring happiness in people’s life. Simple and sublime.
Democracy to not select the public in advance as the traditional elitist way of showing art in galleries and museums. Art on the street is for everyone, rich and poor, it doesn’t matter the social position.  A great revolution in my opinion!
Exchange to interact with people in a very spontaneous way when they are putting work on the streets.  This happens every time and generates the most beautiful stories between artists and public.
Adrenaline to make something forbidden and feel alive in a world with so many squared rules.
Self-expression to have their name tagged and leave their own energy to the city, sometimes in really hard and dangerous places, what takes more adrenaline and courage.
Le Mur de L’art was a moment where street-artists had the opportunity to show and sell their work, most of them in canvas and inside a place for traditional exhibition, also to raise funds for Le M.U.R, an important organization that have been promoting urban art since 2003.

Some of those aspects can be very contradictory with the feelings that I just describe above, making street art and graffiti loose their truly roots.

Alternative Paris is producing a documentary with the intention to discuss all those issues and trying to understand this new artistic movement that someone described as: Urban Contemporary Art.

For now,  I can summarize my own perception during this event in a very positive way. Even if some natural roots of street-art are lost in events like that, it’s impossible to deny that Le Mur de L’Art was a great friend and created a constructive environment where artists, public, gallerists, collectors, photographers, journalists and filmmakers all exchanged their knowledge and energy with joy.

I hope all people involved in some way with Le Mur de L’Art during these last days, could have the same feeling that I had: It’s all about learning!

Well, nothing could fill my soul more than learning in every day life surrounded by street art universe that I’m super passionate about.

I will finish this article using the same words that Demian Smith used for the last article about Le Mur de L’Art  for Alternative Paris:

Love, peace and prosperity!

Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Alternative Paris crew at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

Paella at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

No Rules Cop at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

Cyklop at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Ricahard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Ricahard Beban  & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kouka with a fun at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban &  Paris Play copyright 2012

Thom Thom and Fernanda Hinke for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

FKDL for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

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Le Mur de L’Art 2012 – Day 3

Hot Saturday for Le Mur de L’Art show! The exhibition is happening on the trendy quartier of Le Marais in Paris where fashion meets art and falafels. Home of orthodox jews and the biggest gay community in the French capital. Also stage for the infamous graffitier Kidult to write sharp sentences on the walls. The favorite place of  the street-artist Fred le Chevalier and his sweet paste-ups. Contrast, is all about it!  The contrast about being inside while street-art is expected to be outside. An issue for street-art universe, that we have been discussing with the artists during the event on our studio at Rue de Rosiers in Le Marais, for Alternative Paris documentary.

As expected, the event was crowded during the whole Saturday! That is to prove how street-art have been rising interest in a larger scale.  During the event we could often see children delighting while watching artists sliding their hands with a spray can. A generation that will grow up without any judgment or prejudice of this way of making art.

Today, Sunday the last day of the French salon for street-art. If you are in Paris don’t miss it!!!

Check below on the videos and photos, the best moments of this Saturday at Le Mur de L’Art 2012: Live performances, artists working and signing for fans in their ateliers, music and the backstage of the interviews for Alternative Paris documentary.

 

 

Le Mur de L’Art  2012, Paris – Saturday evening
Photo: Richard Beban

Le Mur de L’Art 2012, Paris – Saturday evening
Photo: Richard Beban


Zosen, Kenor, Gola Hundun and H101 at Le mur de L’Art 2012
Photo: Richard Beban

Backstage of the interviews for Alternative Paris documentary  at Rue des Rosiers, Le Marais – Paris.

Dominique Larrivaz during the interview for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Module de Zeer with Fernanda Hinke for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Fancy for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Tomorrow check my last article about the last day of the event and more information about what Alternative Paris has been recording during the Le Mur de L’Art 2012!

Le Mur de L’Art 2012 – Day 2

My Life on My Bike and Alternative Paris are daily covering  the exhibition of Le Mur de L’Art in Paris.  Every day a new post with fresh pictures and a video-teaser are presented in our website.The event happens until this Sunday (11thNovember) at l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux on Le Marais Cartier in Paris.The Paris Salon of street-art is gathering over 50 artists from France, Switzerland, Spain, Holland and other.Every day 3 live performances in a 6,2x4m panel show the work in progress of different artists. The stands of some artists are also used as ateliers and the public can enjoy  them while working in their canvas and installations in different techniques as stencil, paste-up, spray paint…

Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Jonathan Edwards

Zosen and Gola Hundum for Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Missy for Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Cecile Nei filming Renson and Missy for Alternative Paris at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Jerome Mesnager for Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Paella stand at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Smole stand at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Richard Beban

Alternative Paris crew, which I am contributor editor is recording a documentary  during the Le Mur de L’Art show, exploring some issues of the street art world. In my Studio at Rue des Rosiers on Le Marais, just a few meters from the event, the artists are coming to share their thoughts about this important artistic movement. Beside the cinematographer Charles Devoyer, so far we already interviewed 20 artists that are participating on Le Mur de L’Art show.  Check out the pictures below.

SIXO drawing for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Sam, Louic and Turk with Fernanda Hinke during the interview for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Fernanda Hinke interviewing Chanoir for Alternative Paris
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Jane & Js preparing to be filmed by Charles Devoyer
Photo: Jonathan Edwards

Jane & JS stencil for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Le Mur de L’Art 2012 – Day 1

 Le Mur de L’Art  check list for Alternative Paris and My Life on My Bike:

Day 01:

– 1 video/teaser with 2 performances of the day –  DONE.

– 9 interviews for Alternative Paris documentary –  DONE.

– A sensible selection of pictures for our posts – DONE.

Result of the day: Learning, running, learning, running, learning, running, learning, running, STOP! I need to go sleep…it’s 3:30 am.

Enjoy the video and pictures below produced by Alternative Paris crew: Demian SmithFernanda HinkeCecile Nei,  Charles DevoyerRichard Beban, Jonathan Edwards.

“I was enthralled (as a Berkeley feminist from the 60’s) to see how many women artists this show has, and, even more, was delighted with the interaction between them and the female school kids.  These are girls who will grow up with an image of women as artists, and as something THEY can choose to become. What a great world they’re growing up into.” Words by Richard Beban

Gola Hundum and Zosen during interview for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Fernanda Hinke interviewing Mosko for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Fernanda Hinke interviewing Alber for Alternative Paris documentary
Photo: Charles Devoyer

Macay for Alternative Paris documentary

Le Mur de L’Art – Opening documented by Alternative Paris

Alternative Paris  is shooting a documentary during the second edition of Le Mur de L’Art exhibition in Paris.  Right now, I’m tired, very tired.  Is already 2 a.m and our crew worked hard. I’m posting here some thoughts and pictures from this amazing first day!

Scenario – lights – cameras –  frames – distortions – thoughts.

Work in progress by artists  – installations – shootings – photography – smell of sprays – introductions –  booking interviews – thoughts.

Time –  last details – cardboard – food – team – first interview – first shooting on the street while artists were acting – thoughts.

Vernissage – people + people –  party – music – drink for free – 27 interviews booked, artists performances – friendship – network – business – thoughts.

Relax – movie inspiration – revision – walk – thoughts.

Relax – write –  photos to choose – this article – dreams and good night!

Chanoir at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Astro at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Speedy Graphito at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Shaka at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo by Fernanda HInke

Kouka at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Bustart at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Kashink and Speedy Graphito at Le Mur de L’Art
Phto: Fernanda Hinke

Thom Thom at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Beton and Valentim at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Teurk at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Jean Moderne and RCF1 at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Le Cyklop at Le Mur de L’Art
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Ella et Pitr interviewed by Fernanda Hinke for Alternative Paris documentary 
Photo: Jonathan Edwards

Ella et Pitr pasting -up on the streets and been filming and shooting by Alternative Paris crew: Jonathan Edwards, Charles Devoyer and Richard Beban. Photo: Fernanda Hinke

Elle et Pitr
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat performance and Le M.U.R de L’ Art exhibition

Saturday, third day of November, a frozen autumn in Paris.  A few days before the expected event that Le M.U.R association is promoting starting on November 8th,  involving more than 50 street artists for an exhibition plus live performances,  I joined the spray paint performance of the French street artist M. Chat promoted by the Le M.U.R XVIII.

In front of the Seine, on the end of the afternoon entering the night, cold one. One event where just lovers of street art who could bear the feeling of their feet freezing while M.Chat was drawing his lines in details before finishing his remarkable yellow cat with a big smile on the roofs of Paris surrounded by a hopeful and beautiful blue sky.

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat painting Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat for Le M.U.R XVIII
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat started to paint in Orléans, France in 1997, on chimneys, roofs, and train platforms. He kept his identity anonymous for 10 years, when in 2007 he was caught in the act of creating the cat.  He was documented by the film maker Chris Marker in 2004, named Chats Perchés (The Case of the Grinning Cat). In 2010 M.Chat had more than 60 cats on the streets of Paris during one time for an exhibition.

M. Chat on the roofs of Montmartre
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

M. Chat at Pont EPhémère in Paris
Photo: Fernanda Hinke

For the event Le M.U.R de L’Art that will happen during this week,  My Life on My Bike and Alternative Paris crew will be covering with creative and alternative journalism  the most important moments of this exciting exhibition updating information every day with videos, photos and articles. Be sure to check out our website every day during this week!

Beyond the 50 artists will be exposing their art work on canvas, with performances and installations. Every day there are three performances, workshops, music and the presentation of the “400 ML Project”. 400 spray cans customized by 400 international artists over the last  years.

Come enjoy with us Le M.U.R de L’Art at l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux, located at rue 48 Vieille du Temple, Paris, between the 8th and 11th of November.  For more information click here.