World’s first Street Art Disaster movie

Described variously as ‘The World’s first street art disaster movie’ and ‘a cautionary modern fairy tale . . . with bolt cutters’ Exit Through the Shop is debuting at the Sundance Flim Festival.  Supposedly it see’s banksy’s first silverscreen appearance, but he could just as easily be fucking with us. 

From his publicict comes this quote:

“Ladies and gentlemen, and publicists:

Trying to make a movie which truly conveys the raw thrill and expressive power of art is very difficult. So we haven’t bothered. Instead, this is simply an everyday tale of life, longing, and mindless vandalism. Everything you are about to see is true, especially the bit where we all lie.

Thanks for coming, please don’t give away the ending on Twitter. And please, don’t try copying any of this stuff at home, wait until you get to work.”


See the trailer on his website: BanksyFilm


American Graffiti

The Antonio family caught between taggers and the council. They can graffiti their own walls how they like it and at their own expense and face arrest or they can paint the wall of their shop a dirty beige and leave it for the taggers to nail.

Echoes of how councils have little idea on how to tackle graffiti can be found in Manchester where the local council has threatened local residents with tidying up tagging and graffiti on their back fences or face £1000 fines.

Cairns city council in Australia is having a go at trying something different:

“It has just adopted a revised Graffiti Management Policy in which “council recognises aerosol art as a legitimate form of art”.

It has also decided to “provide opportunities where possible for aerosol artists to express themselves safely and legally”.”

Recognising the art form and providing legal environments for them to work, may at least cause a split between the artists and the “vandals”.