Posts tagged: Brazil
Digitalorganico in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Great story about long-time Brazilian street artist Bel Borba and his month-long public art residency in NYC, where he’s finding lots of raw material for inspiration.
Now I’m interested in the documentary about Borba that’s scheduled to open next month. Should be very interesting when it spreads to the rest of the country from New York later this year.
Love this art project sponsored by a Brazilian phone company in Sao Paulo, matching 100 artists with 100 groovily shaped booths. It’d be cool to have something like it in Los Angeles, except we don’t, ahem, seem to have phone booths anymore. Flavorpill has a slide show of ten of the best resulting projects.
Nice introductory piece about the particular, even peculiar variant of street art that has emerged in troubled and vast Sao Paulo, Brazil. Very interesting stuff, though I suspect there will be significant pushback in the violent pichacao subculture over attempts by the broader art scene to co-opt or at least engage practitioners. These guys are still valuing their political anger and outsider status too much to come in from the storm.
Interesting piece on Sao Paulo’s outright ban of ANY outdoor commercial signage and the aftermath five years on. I can see why, especially in a “vertical” city such as Sao Paulo that had no standards for what was allowed, that going cold turkey might have some strong appeal. On the other hand, if you thought having a smartphone with Google Maps or Yelp on it was handy before, it would be absolutely essential navigating that vast city now for any visitor. Interesting, interesting.
In 2006, citing the burden of “visual pollution,” São Paulo, Brazil, outlawed all exterior advertising in the city. Businesses said it would destroy them. Turns out they were wrong:
Five years later, have all the businesses in São Paulo gone under? Hardly. In fact, most citizens and some advertising entities report being quite pleased with the now billboard-less city. A survey this year found that a 70 percent of residents say the Clean City Law has been “beneficial.” “São Paulo’s a very vertical city,” Vinicius Galvao, a journalist, said in an interview with NPR. “That makes it very frenetic. You couldn’t even realize the architecture of the old buildings, because they were just covered with billboards and logos and propaganda. And there was no criteria.”
How about Times Square next?