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Urban Nation Present: Cheryl Dunn’s Everybody Street

URBAN NATION, Mobile Kino and Urban Spree present the documentary ‘Everybody Street’ by Cheryl Dunn. Parallel to the film on street art photography, they are showing a selection of works by Martha Cooper, who also plays a prominent role in the documentary.

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About 1300 of her works, curated by URBAN NATION, will be shown in screen installations. Both the artist and the film director will be present. Stay tuned for the After Show Party too!

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Urban Nation – Project M/3

Urban Nation – PROJECT M/3 Berlin

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Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally acclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.

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POW! WOW! Hawaii Block Party

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Here’s a few shots from the POW! WOW! Hawaii Block party that kicked off in downtown Honolulu last night. Lots of fun had by all and big ups to the sponsors and organisers for making such a great event come together! For the latest instagram updates, follow @rolyvna and @vnamagazine

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City As Canvas – Martin Wong Collection

The Museum of the City of New York announces City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection. This is the first exhibition of 1970s and 80s graffiti art amassed by artist and pioneering collector Martin Wong, who donated the entire collection to the City Museum in 1994, before his untimely death in 1999.

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RJ Rushmore – Viral Art

“What is more famous? Is it the Banksy stencil on the wall, or is it the photo of the Banksy stencil on the wall? The answer nowadays is the photo, obviously.” – Ian Strange, aka Kid Zoom.

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In the truly digital age we live in, the internet seems to hold the answer to all things, including publishing. Vandalog’s RJ Rushmore has released his first e-book, ‘Viral Art’, designed as an evolving, interactive publication that can be commented on and updated as it progresses, much in the same way as artwork in the streets evolves and conversations develop between writers and taggers on the walls.

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More than just a simple history of street art, this book tackles the subject of how communication and technology have developed in sync. The release covers a broad range of topics, including the increasing reliance we have on the internet, the ways in which technology has diminished the distance between artists and ideas, the adaptations and developments of the art-form and an exploration of what lies ahead for graffiti and street art.

Complete with a moving .GIF cover, you can read and download it here:

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Olek – There Is No Such Thing As Part Freedom – NYC

VNA caught up with NY-based Polish yarn-bomber, Olek as she braved the coldest day of the century (it was literally minus 15ºC) in Manhattan to put up this piece as part of the continuing Little Italy Street Art (L.I.S.A.) Project.

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Carbon – Sunday Round Up

Sunday was kinda struggle street, hanging out with Days, Steve Cross, Dboe and the Phable jeans guys on Saturday night took it’s toll after we blazed through the Adidas party. There were a bunch of internationals in the house, including the 1xRun guys from the States and the UK’s very own Insa, who seemed pretty happy to scribble in Martha Cooper’s black book…

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Andrew Montell kicked off the days proceedings with an account of his student-style living during the formative years of Acclaim and the subsequent trials and errors in the production process. It was interesting to see how he refined the product and led on well to Jeff Hamada’s speech about appealing to markets. Hamada was funny, inspiring and brilliant, giving a great insight into his creative ideas and personality, which is probably one of the main reasons for www.booooooom.com’s huge success.

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Eddie Huang’s presentation was lively, informed and political. He came through with a few resonating messages about people power and disarming corporations through the removal of support – i.e. voting with your feet. His intelligent voice cut through a lot of the fluff that surrounded some of the other speakers, even if it did get a little Black Panthers at times.

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The final forum of the weekend included two of the most hotly anticipated guests of the weekend, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. The seminal duo were joined by Crack & Shine’s Will Robson-Scott. The photographic trio were a great finale for the event and Robson-Scott really held his own against Martha and Henry.

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His talk was lively, amusing and socially critical – touching on themes of unfair jail time for graffiti writers and an interesting take on film vs. digital photography: “It’s like the vinyl versus cd debate…” he quipped, when Martha tried to put him in his place with her obvious experience and current preference for digital (most notably her recent instagram addiction).

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All in, Andrew and the rest of the Carbon crew did an amazing job pulling in such a great line-up and putting on an awesome event. Massive respect and big ups to Bella, Edwina and the guys for all their hard work. Definitely one for the diary next year.

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Carbon – Saturday Round Up

Barry McGee was possibly the highlight of the day; after bailing on everyone (including Acclaim) for his press appointments in order to get his daily dose of surf, the reclusive artist came through with a somewhat unorthodox presentation. Predictably focusing on graffiti, he skittered through a slide show that was basically the equivalent of a graff-heads porn collection, interspersed with wavy anecdotes and comments from an alternate reality.

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The Q&A for Forum B raised some interesting notions on social media and new technology from Geoffrey Lillernon, which made his actual seminar presentation seem washy and self-indulgent in its focus, which was primarily aimed at his own personal, whimsically rebellious art-house projects.

Mark Drew’s passion for hip hop and little insights into his own personal life made for an entertaining show, focusing on his recent ‘Deez Nuts’ project and zine and the subsequent ongoing legal fallout – offering to give us some creative input further down the line, ‘from jail’.

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Shawn Stussy was the star of the show in Forum A, with pretty much the entire room bowing in deference to one of the self-acknowledged O.G.’s of the streetwear. His verbose concerns of anyone wanting to be involved with his new S-Double label seemed to ring a little hollow. Like, I’m pretty sure it’s a safe bet NO-ONE will be interested in any new projects from one of the forefathers of the scene. After a 15 year break. It’s not like that’s a fashionista’s wet dream or anything…

We caught up with Booooooom.com founder, Jeff Hamada for a little sociological take on his own particular platform (more to come on this one)

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Ronnie Fieg provided an amusingly anecdotal floor with his stories about growing up as a young, jewish kid from Queens, who now champions Asics after his mother failed to buy him the trendiest kicks of which he dreamed. The 30 year-old has sacrificed marriage and kids to follow his dream (but probably not skimped on fun and girls along the way, one suspects…)

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Sneaker Freaker founder, Simon ‘Woody’ Wood, was probably the most legit talker of the day. No doubt this guy has one of the most prodigiously in-depth knowledges of trainers in the world – both Ronnie Fieg and PM Tenore asked for his confirmation during their speeches – and his chat was definitely on point today; the main message being do what you love, the rest will follow…

Dabs Myla, the sole incarnation of two souls bound in love and creativity, were the epitome of a duo so profoundly intertwined, they made Batman and Robin look like enemies. The cute couple spent their time finishing each others sentences and providing an insight into what really makes a partnership tick – trust, honesty, hard work and knowledge. Keep it locked for a more in-depth update from these guys.

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Carbon – Friday

Tonight marks the start of Carbon Festival in Melbourne. Kicking things into play for the weekend comes a special 30th Anniversary screening of seminal hip hop documentary, Style Wars – a movie that switched a world full of rebellious teenagers on to the expressive artform of graffiti.

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Original documenters of the scene, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant will be in attendance (if they’ve recovered from jetlag in time) to host a Q&A session on the movie. The screening, which itself is presented by Aussie paint brand, Ironlak, is exclusive to Carbon ticket holders.

The rest of the weekend encompasses a series of talks from the top independent creative minds from around the globe. Forums focus on four main areas of discussion:

Building a Brand, Contemporary Art & Design, New Media, Film & Photography

Other highlights include the Adidas’ Colliderscope on the Saturday – a chance for creatives to collide under the influence of music from Swick (Mad Decent) and visuals from Eness – and New Era are hosting a Sneaker Freaker swap meet on the Sunday.

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