Written and directed by Captain Demsky and Sozyone Gonzalez.
Produced by Vltramotions Independent Cinema and Montana Colors Pictures.
Executive producers: VltraBoys International.
An VLTRA/MTN Picture ©2010.
Duration: 13 minutes/ format: VideoBlkBook/ sound: Vltrastereo / camera: Vltralens®
In 1989, Graffiti Writers used black books to archive sketches of letters, photographs of
trains, bridges, walls and subways, but they slowly disappeared prior to the emergence of the
internet, because carrying a Black Book in a backpack was dangerous and not only because of the Anti-Graffiti Squad, but because losing it was like losing a testicle.
Times change, but the Black Book still haunts Writers’ minds.
In 2008, Demsky and Sozyone started a new project called ‘Vltramotions’, with the intention of reanimating the authentic unuseful but miraculous and genius spirit of the 90′s Black Book. Making nonsense images, words with no explanation, travelling with no luggage, pictures
of Crews, international and Olympic tags between portraits of thugs, naughty girls and warriors
covered in black and silver enamel dust.
In 2010, we can finally see this first Video Black Book of Demsky and Sozyone: Vltraje Stealing Walls, it’s about ten thousand kilometres compressed into thirteen minutes, seven chapters and two thousand photographs. It’s like a Van Cleef & Arpels’ window for an expert thief – beautiful to watch, hard to get.
Arturo Tortura. University of Santa Magnetica, Sp.
PREMIERE COMING SOON!!
Thanks to the graphic eye of our regular collaborator Rodrigo Mirando, we can frequently bring you some photos of the events which happen in our beloved city of Barcelona. On this occasion, we don’t want you to miss some of the happenings from the DMV event which we told you about a few days ago. The incredible boys DRAN, BOM-K, and SOWAT came from France to offer up the best of themselves. You can see this with your own eyes in our expo…
… And in the super-production which they did on the walls of our offices. Two and a half days of incessant work were needed to complete one of these works which, as Os Gemeos did a few years back in our factory…
…leave a mark on the wall and in the hearts of all of the Montana Colors staff. This is the representation of love which makes up our brand, spreading and receiving dreams and excitement all over the world:
Remember that the exposition will stay open to the public until the 2nd of October.
* Production by Frame TV.
MTN-WORLD brings you yet another exclusive video. This time it´s a interesting hint of what the next DVD from the BURNERS TEAM will have in store for us… and by the looks of it, they´ve kept the same intensity that we saw in their film debut last year. The QMS and VDF (MADRID/ SPAIN) crews have come back hard with this compilation of adventures. It was mostly filmed in the guts of subway stations such as Paris, Berlin, Rome, London, Milan, and Marseille. The result after good post-production is the BURNERS TEAM VIDEO ll; totally crafty, pure, authentic underground mischievousness. DVD available in October.
BURNERS TEAM INTRO (December 2009)
Interview with SAN, one of the most internationally well-known (graphic) artists from Spain. This time like the organizer of INSITU FESTIVAL in Miajadas (Caceres/ Spain) from June 28th to July 4th, with the collaboration of friends and colleagues like Escif, Herbert Baglione, Honet, Nano4814, Sam3, Spok and the XLF crew.
In his artits´s side he told us: “I´m currently working seriously on what will be the only individual exposition of this year in The Don Gallery (Milan) in November. An exposition of just drawings, no paintings. I’m doing large format drawings with quill and ink, and India tint. It’s all a pseudo-masochistic adventure…”. Knowing perfectly how it is his creative process we can imagine… We´ll keep you posted.
San, INSITU is your first personal project as a promoter/organizer?
It is, in fact; although the first thing I organized was an exhibition in the summer of 1996, with 20,000 pesetas (like 120 euros/ 150 dollars) in Morales (my hometown), all to buy paint and to pay for one trip or another. There’s still a piece from Sunsak up (though it’s very worn-out), who was the guest of honor.
Though you’ve also participated as an artist, what feelings do you have about being behind the scenes?
Well, the truth is that even though it was a small event, problems and unexpected things always arise which make it impossible to paint with concentration. I’ve learned a lot about the diversity of the attitudes and aptitudes of people, of the artists as much as the organizers. All of them were exceptional, and they really helped me carry the load; I’m a very committed person, which can sometimes play tricks with you.
I’ve spent years participating in events, and I could definitely fathom the responsibility behind them, but it’s without a doubt something which you have to live to really understand what it’s like being amongst it all. You always have to find an objective balance with your work, and without a doubt the result will be positive. They say that these types of responsibilities are addictive…
It really seems to have been a very personal project, not just because of the choice of collaborating artists, many of them long time friends, but also because of the location…
I think that this type of project should be taken as something personal for those that make it possible. Miajadas is a small town, I have friends there from way back. They put me in charge of doing something, and I decided to bring together people that I admire. Some are very good friends, others less so, but even so, I didn’t want to do a ‘friends’ event, without knowing the quality of the artists. It’s clear that none of these men need presenting, the quality of their work speaks for themselves.
Were there conversations with each of the participants before the event, or was it more freestyle in both the execution of the pieces as well as the choice of the walls?
At first there was clear planning of the project. The selection was in accordance with my initial idea; to bring together artists that worked with NARRATION, unlike the overall trend which is often found in aesthetics, which offers nothing more than that. There are lots of people doing very interesting things, who don’t become celebrities that do nothing more than chew gum and repeat the same old joke.
In this first edition, I wanted to spin the project around people who narrate things in their works, through imagination, with very different language, but with a common background and experience. Some previously planned their project, and others decided not to. Either way, everyone did a great job, and I’m really happy with the result. There were some premeditated things, and some non premeditated things. For example, I knew we’d have the building that Honet painted from the start. It’s an abandoned club from the mid-90s, from the ‘bakalaera’ (techno) era. I told him about it cos I knew it’d interest him, and actually he didn’t doubt it for one second.
How did things go with the locals during the creation process? And when did they see the final result?
Really well; the entire town bent over backwards to make all the artists feel welcome, there was just a really good vibe in general. It was mainly the young people who offered to help out in any way they could, they were totally involved. Ask Herbert what he thought of everyone passing by his wall, offering him drinks, food, and other substances… he was amazed.
Tell us a bit about how it was day to day.
Same as always: the early-risers vs. the sleepers. Painting had to start early in the morning, and stop in the afternoon, because of the heavy heat. Miajadas is in one of the driest parts of Extremadura, as opposed to my town with is totally green (haha). It took us a while to get going, but in the end people organized themselves to get working. We ate in an incredible place in front of a local swimming pool where you could chill out for a bit after the food. There were days that we went swimming in an irrigated canal which had a strong current which we had to deal with to be able to go swimming (laughs). It was in the afternoon that people finished off their work, and after painting, plenty of beer was drank, lots of it, at the pace of the locals, which is no small feat.
The fact that it was a festival, but one without public pressure, must have helped each of you be able to concentrate better while working. You can almost feel the silence in the photos which you sent us… apart from maybe just a dog barking…
That was the idea, that everyone would be relaxed, and just enjoy painting without any pressure, with no more of the public around than the amount normally on the street. Really, massive graffiti exhibitions more and more have less and less meaning for me.
My main objective was to leave great pieces in the town, the rest doesn’t matter so much to me. In fact, we didn’t even want to tell anybody, not even the institutions from Extremadura or the press or anything.
The approach we had was to unite a group of artists in a nice setting for working, and nothing more. And I’m proud to have been able to do it without needing any financial help outside of the town, apart from sponsored materials. We didn’t ask for any money from anybody. That way it was true to what we wanted; an event with tranquility and quality, above all else.
And what about the project participants; what taste was left in their mouths after participating in INSITU?
Everyone had a great time and were happy with their works. I think that the treatment they received from the organization was polite and respectful, so I don’t think they suffered, apart from with their war with the Caceres sun.
Did the fact that the pieces were done on the walls of a town, and not in a city, change the message of some of the participants?
It’s relative; maybe some of the pieces make reference to the place, such as one of the pieces by Sam3: “a couple with a pair of storks in their mental nest”. Throughout the whole town you could hear the sound of the calls of the storks, its full of them. Honet also referenced the building which he painted in his landscape; the entrance door. Herbert used the benches in a special way, he spoke to a man who sat there all day, and explained his ideas to him; and then he finally painted the bench gold. Spok did a New York subway car; the fact that he did it in a small Caceres town made it all the better.
My pieces also give a wink to Extremadura folklore…but as for everyone else, I think that each person did what they wanted in that moment.
We’re very convinced that there’ll be a round two. Fingers crossed… Thanks
* Photographies by Andres Valares.
With routes in the graffiti area, Escif develops a personal discourse, reflecting from the margins of this discipline. His language navigates between the critical and the poetic, and takes form within the paintings and drawings that appear on the walls of Valencia city, where he currently resides. His unmistakable work and style bought him appearances in various international publications, such as the recently released ”Beyond the Street. 100 leading figures on Urbanart“.
After traveling the world with urban interventions and expositions in galleries such as Luis Adelantado (Valencia and Miami), Carmichael Gallery (Los Angeles), and POW (London), Escif now presents an exposition in Montana Gallery Barcelona which draws from a visceral position on the walls, as well as his usage as a tool the power with which he designs, controls, and manipulates the space in the cities.
Contra la Pared (Against the Wall) insists on the necessity to open doors, construct paths, create freely accessible spaces, and invent bridges and relations, both formal and conceptual; and pull down the walls of the city, but above all those that limit the interiors of our own minds, our dreams, and our illusions. Let’s lead with intuition and improvisation, escape logic and lineal reasoning, break established order so as to create new order, question the absolutes and surprise ourselves with the magic of error. Let’s face up to contradictions like transit spaces, validate the process with the result, and banish the arrogance of conclusions and coordinates.
Inauguration Thursday the 29th of July 2010, from 7.30 pm
Exposition from the 30th of July until the 12th of September
* Previous stuff…
“Around the Wall”. First solo show at POW (Pictures on Walls, London, April-May 2010).
“Out of STH” collective project (Breaking the Wall, Wroclaw/ Poland, 2010).
Various walls 2009…
ROID, the incombustible outer-space surfer, representative of the MSK crew from the UK and member of Heavy Artillery, has just sent us a new video. This time he´s done it over a dirty dub-step beat along with Town RT and audiovisual production from Hot One Ten, all the while armed with Alien and MTN 94.
You can also read (do it if you already haven´t) a test in Getnloose as well as see him during last month´s trip to Paris, Montpellier and Milan with the rest of the crew. He also hooked up with the Heavy Artillery crew in Brighton in order to support the expo ¨Haters¨, and some of his prints from last winter in London were on display to promote the launch of the ¨super-clean¨ book, Crack n´Shine in an event organized by the on-line gallery TopSafe.
This dude is on a non-stop roll! We´ll see what he surprises us with next… Thanks big ¨R¨!!!