I recently wrapped up a three-city 18-day trip through Russia, during which I learned that most Russians are completely unaware of the In Mother Russia meme. I also conducted workshops and artist presentations surrounding Graffiti Analysis and Urban Hacking. The video below was made using Graffiti Analysis to capture the tags of graffiti writers from Ekaterinburg, Perm, Moscow and St. Petersburg into .gml format (Graffiti Markup Language). All of .gml data I collected in Russia can be viewed (and downloaded) here and here on 000000book.com.
In Ekaterinburg, I ran a two day master class called Urban Hacking, which focused on the idea of exploiting physical systems in the city in the same way that hackers exploit digital systems. Below are some of the projects that were produced at the end of the two days:
The Mute, by Evgeny Nefedov with Evan Roth:
By workshop participants Goruleva Jenia, Vasiliev Denis, Stepa Aifo, Cage and Djambo:
Tear-off Advertisement Design Services, by Evan Roth with Evgeny Nefedov:
The Crime Scene, by workshop participants Alexandr Tokarev, Natasha Pastuhova, Sasha Slepchuk, Sveta Salmina, Vsevolod Kobzev and Stekolshchuk Timofey:
Big thanks to all of the workshop participants and graffiti writers I met, as well as CEC ArtsLink, Art Politika and the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art for making this possible.
Tobi and I will be presenting our work and that of our F.A.T. fffffriends at La Cantine tomorrow night (Fri. Sept. 24). Also presenting will be Stephane Buellet & Patrick Paleta, Lab212 Collective and Olivier Auber. Come join us for a night of free beer, free culture and art that isn’t boring.
More information on the event can be found on the La Cantine website here.
Friday, Sept. 24th at 19:00
151 rue Montmartre, Passage des Panoramas
12 Galerie Montmartre, 75002 Paris
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Graffiti Analysis: POV Can is a low tech DIY spray can modification in which the LED light source doubles as video illumination and motion tracking input. The GML (.gml) data of the graffiti tags featured in the video can be downloaded here, and the Graffiti Analysis software and source code can be downloaded here. GA:POV Can was created in Vienna last week as part of the BLK River Festival.
Spray paint can + Flip Cam + magnetic wide angle lens + LED pen light + masking tape = Graffiti Analysis: POV Can
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