Pharrell Williams’ “i am OTHER” hat sich zu einem richtig interessanten Projekt gemausert. Neben Filmemachern, DJ´s und Designern wirft die Plattform einen umfangreichen Blick auf Teile der US-amerikanischen Street Art und Graffitiszene. In der Videoserie “VOICE OF ART” (5 Teile/35 Minuten) bekommen wir einen sehr guten Querschnitt über die aktuelle Situation in Oakland und teilweise auch Los Angeles. Jump
VOICE OF ART Teil 1
Graffiti is a thriving life force in Oakland. Meet GATS (Graffiti Against The System), an artist for whom the city is one endless canvas to connect with the people. Times are rough in “The O,” as GATS plans to write a poem throughout the city.
VOICE OF ART Teil 2
Oakland police have the community on edge over killings of unarmed youth and repression of free speech. Graffiti Against The System (GATS) and the people of Oakland riot for the murder of Oscar Grant and the closing of Occupy Oakland. Boots Riley gives his first hand account of oppressive police actions while G.A.T.S. and Roberto Miguel prepare their epic city-wide graffiti poem.
VOICE OF ART Teil 3
Follow graffiti artist GATS as he risks his safety and anonymity to paint a poem across the East Bay. The final line proclaiming “The City Is Ours” is completed at a community block party, an apt setting to celebrate how street art can be used to make political statements and enrich the culture of a city.
VOICE OF ART Teil 4
Daniel Lahoda, founder of the LA Freewalls Project, takes us on a tour walls he has helped curate in downtown Los Angeles including murals by Swoon, Risk, How and Nosm.
VOICE OF ART Teil 5
Ride along with Enik One in East LA as he takes over a dilapidated billboard and an ad wall as part of the “Is This Illegal” billboard campaign.