STREET ART 3.0

By Evan Pricco, managing editor of Juxtapoz Magazine.

We are at an interesting crossroads in the genre of art dubbed "Street Art." It's popularity has far exceeded that of any other genre of art, probably in the history of classification of art. This isn't hyperbole; just look around. Street Art has gone through museum retrospectives, gallery shows, Academy-Award nominated films, helped elect Presidents, seen its fair share of praise, criticism, backlash, and created international art celebrities in just a few short years of existence. And the crossroads that most concerns me and most of us who truly care about Street Art's past and present, is who will try and control its Future. 

Inevitably, Street Art was going to become Marketing 101. That initial rush of street artists contributing to the urban landscape, whether for political or aesthetically reasons captured the attention of those who create ad campaigns and make brand awareness decisions. And why wouldn't it? Those who grew up loving and supporting Street Art grew up a little bit more and got jobs in the creative fields where they could take their inspirations and readily turn them into effective advertising campaigns. I don't fault them, nor do I think I criticize this ongoing Street Art Economy that continues to grow and expand. I mostly think, if art is good, if art makes people react and feel something, that regardless of its aesthetic, it comes with merit. Street Art has a connection with populism, with people who once felt intimidated by museums and galleries and the staunch conservatism of certain institutions. Street Art sort of let everyone in, and rallied against old school art politics and the way our urban landscape was being taken from us by corporate interests. Well, who didn't think the corporate interests were going to join the party? 

What I'm hoping to discuss at Nuart this year is all the different playing fields that Street Art is now entertaining. There have been fantastic public art projects that have popped up in the last 12 months, one in particular was my backyard of San Francisco. It saw independent organizers buy out advertising space throughout the city and give it to artists to takeover. I've also been participating in curating projects for companies that want Public Art experiences for their campaigns, and to be honest, I have found the end results to be quite well-done. And of course, we have venerable organizations and events like Nuart. There are now world-renowned festivals that pose questions and create spaces for Street Art and city politics to come together and make something significant and progressive in regards to Public Art. 

I'm not saying there is a right answer for how Street Art should evolve. But I love hearing all sides and all opinions about its current state. Is there a perfect symbiosis? I'm looking for it...

NUART PLUS 2014

This year’s Nuart Plus program will tackle the two ends of the street art-continuum, namely “safe murals” on the one hand and street art and activism on the other.

THE TORN OFF HEAD ...

By Carlo McCormick. The Torn-Off Head Stuck in the Hatch of a Sewer Drain, or the Occupation and Negation of Public Space

STREET ART 3.0

By Evan Pricco. Who will try and control it's future.

SITE OF EXPLORATION

By Peter Bengtsen. Street art, murals and public space as a site of exploration

MURALS, ACTIVISM and CENSORSHIP

By Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo. MURALS, ACTIVISM and CENSORSHIP

ART IGNITES CHANGE

By RJ Rushmore. Art Ignites Change: Infiltrating the system to promote social change

TILT INTERVIEWED

French Graffiti Writer Tilt discussing this years themes.

FRA BIANCOSHOCK INTERVIEW

Italian Urban Interventionist discussing his practice and this years themes

±MAISMENOS± INTERVIEW

Portuguese artist Miguel Januário under his ±MAISMENOS± guise

MATHIEU TREMBLIN INTERVIEW

French Urban Interventionist discussing his Situationist art practice, graffiti and more.

FIGHT CLUB

The legendary fight club returns with a lively Activism V's Muralism debate going on down the local pub.

THURS 04.09: FIGHT CLUB

Muralism or Activism: Academics meet pop cultural critics and the public in an environment of heated debate lubricated by alcohol.

FRI 05.09: BEAUTY IS IN THE STREETS. MURALISM

First day of our international Street Art symposium focuses on the rise and rise of Muralism.

FRI 05.09: CIDADE CINZA

Marcelo Mesquita and Guilherme Valiengo meet Os Gemeos and other Sao Paulo graffiti artists who are celebrated everywhere except in their home town.

FRI 05.09: BSA FILM FRIDAY LIVE

Brooklyn Street Art's Steve and Jaime introduce us to a "live" version of their renowned Film Friday series.

SAT 06.09: STREET ART AND ACTIVISM

Day 2 takes a more revolutionary twist and looks at protest and activism's place in Street Arts future.

SAT 06.09: WORKSHOP WITH ICY & SOT

Join Icy and Sot in this in-depth and practical look at creating Stencil Art.

SAT 06.09: CIDADE CINZA

Marcelo Mesquita and Guilherme Valiengo meet Os Gemeos and other Sao Paulo graffiti artists who are celebrated everywhere except in their home town.

SUN 07.09: STREETART TOUR

Join Nuart's first annual street art tour and be amongst the first to experience this years fresh street works.

PETER BENGTSEN (SE)

Author, Art Historian and Sociologist

RJ RUSHMORE (US)

Blogger, Author and Curator

EVAN PRICCO (US)

Managing editor of Juxtapoz Managazine

CARLO MCCORMICK (US)

World renowned pop cultural critic and author

JAIME AND STEVE FROM BSA (US)

Authors, Bloggers and Founders of Brooklyn Street Art

EIRIK SJÅHOLM KNUDSEN (NO)

Respected scholar and champion of Street Art

MARTYN REED

Martyn Reed, Nuart founder, curator and man about town.

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