Sunday, June 18, 2006

The writing on the wall



"Art was once an active agent of change, as opposed to fulfilling the role of passive commentary it does now. It has been almost entirely stripped of these ancient powers, imprisoned behind bars of gold. When people go to a gallery to experience some art they leave perhaps thinking, "that was beautiful" or "gee, it really makes you think" but their psychosocial imprints are left generally unaltered. Graffiti, on the other hand, forces one to confront and evaluate these imprints in day-to-day life when one isn't prepared to experience art, which can be a disconcerting, though potentially cathartic, encounter for many".

Symbols are essentially interfaces, mediating between consciousness and the unconscious and by participating in both. Sam Renseiw recently caught this fine sentence at a street corner. Enjoy the semantics by clicking here or drive through to the high placed above. (patafilm 187, 00'58'', 4.3MB, quicktime/mov - Flash version here)

4 Comments:

Anonymous sam said...

the video was recorded on the 1st.of june 2006.
passing by the place today, i noticed that the grafitti had been removed.
the piece is thus a document of a lost grafitti, by an unkown artist.
(how it had been painted on the wall, in that height and place, still puzzles me, as well how to actually interpret the message..)

Sunday, June 18, 2006 4:02:00 pm  
Anonymous thorb said...

Hey Sam

probably the most interresting grafitti piece in dopenhagen. Most interresting thou, is that it is placed at the outskirts of a low income hood. and noty in the center. it is totaly misyfying that it is on norrrebro and not in the city....so strange....what does it mean?????

Sunday, June 18, 2006 9:54:00 pm  
Anonymous sam said...

well thorb, i am still speculating about that;
but it might well be, that the medium is the actual massage, and it's clever placement triggers the deeper semantics in the encounter.
sad thing is: it now is gone, altough still slightly visible, if one cares to look.

Sunday, June 18, 2006 10:58:00 pm  
Anonymous kristian n. said...

Your comment reminded me of an entry to last year's Memefest contest. It was a photo series from Moscow about "processed" grafitti. The grafitti had been processed by paint or other methods.

Unfortunately I can't find the photo as the Memefest web site seems to only consist of entries to the Memefest 2006 contest.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 12:58:00 am  

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