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Green up the city!

Street art or graffiti has always been and always will be the guerilla kind of visual culture. One of my colleagues has recently posted about Banksy in her post ‘Banging your head against a brick wall’.

Today I would like to write about guerilla gardening, specifically about the technique Moss Graffiti.

I have seen posts and instructions how to make moss graffiti on several websites and blogs and was really impressed and inspired by this movement. Moss graffiti is basically the green version of regular graffiti – mixing moss with natural ingredients (here is a tutorial if you ever want to try this out) and painting this mixture on walls and other objects. The difference, apart from the obvious, is that this kind of graffiti needs to be watered – it is a living object!

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Most of the people are opposed to graffiti because in their opinion it is vandalism of public and private properties – but I believe that graffiti adds value to the character of a city and makes it unique in its own way. And moss graffiti is a great new approach to turn this much hated illegal guerilla art movement into something that is socially more accepted. Everybody is talking about eco-friendliness and sustainability – eco-friendly graffiti that green up cities? Nothing wrong with that!

Unfortunately I have not seen any moss graffiti in real life yet but I hope that these pieces of art will pop up everywhere soon.

Green up your cities!

GZM

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Glow 2012, Eindhoven

Yesterday I went to an event in Eindhoven called glow. For those who are not familiar with this event; it is an annual, weekly forum of light in art and architecture. This year it runs from November 10-17.

The theme of GLOW 2012 is Façades & Faces. Artists reveal the different faces and views on facades, squares and public spaces in Eindhoven through different creations of light. They use light to create art objects and at the same time let the public see the centre of Eindhoven in a different way. Artists challenge the public to not look at things in a ‘realistic‘ way, but try to let them envision architecture in a different way.

It was my first time to attend GLOW and I was surprised by the number of people that walked the route. Positively surprised. There were a great number of people that came to the city and it made it a cozy and social experience. (Last year the amount of visitors was estimated at 360.000!)

Eindhoven is a candidate for the European Capital of Culture 2018. This event also acts as a tool to create more awareness for the city and proves the city is a suitable candidate for the title. In the coming years the event aims to become an international and experimental meeting place where innovative developments of light will be presented.

I would recommend you to go visit the GLOW event in Eindhoven. It is a good way of spending your leisure time and get inspired. Glow is still on until Saturday 17 November From 11 pm – 1 am.

Enjoy your weekend!

Yvonne.

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Visual culture – putting thoughts into pictures

While I was thinking about a topic that would make this blog interesting for today, I followed my daily routine to check on blogs that I try to follow on a regular basis and came across fuckyouverymuch.

The blog is run by “Two friends trying to manage their relationship through this visual diary.” I have been following this blog for several years. The way that the two authors put their thoughts into one simple picture with a short caption amazes me. I like the visuals they choose and the context of the blog: it’s simple, entertaining and inspiring. You can find critical and political topics and everything else that could go on in a human head. If you have a minute and would like to gain some insight, you should check it out here. http://fuckyouverymuch.dk/

In the context of visual culture I would like to share another artist that I have been following through recent history. Walker Pachler was born in the US and raised in the Netherlands. Among his works you can find the diversity of visual culture with pictures, drawings and videos. His portfolio delivers an overview of his great talent. But see for yourself (click the picture for a link to his website)

I believe that choosing visual culture as a subsector for this project opened up many opportunities for us and I am looking forward to get deeper into the subject of creative industries, to discover local art and artists especially in North Brabant and then share our and my thoughts, ideas or discoveries with you.

SH

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