“It is inside so it must come out” - Os Gemeos
For some reason, Inside Outside has managed to stay off my radar until now, but now I know the standard by which other documentaries of the same genre have to measure up to. I’ve never seen a documentary about street art that poses the question of why we need art on the streets, perhaps more so than anywhere else, yet uses the rhetoric to give answers pretty much like the one Zevs gives - or doesnt give - in that splendid opening minute you see here in the trailer. And beyond that, Inside Outside really does explore the outside art medium in all its forms, and even stops to allow those in the counter-art culture their opinion. Its a pretty democratic viewing and really gives a thorough look at the philosophies and ideologies which drive street artists to do what they do.
So, in a role call of our street art superheroes we have…
Zevs from Paris - the visual attack alchemist
KR from NYC - the KRINK creator
Swoon from NYC - the cut-out artist
Ron English from Jersey City - the culture jammer
Os Gemeos from Sao Paulo - the graffiti innovators
Adams and ITSO from Copenhagen & Stockholm respectively - the spacial innovators
Pigmeu from Sao Paulo - the pixacao writer
Plus Steve Mona from NYC’s anti-vandalism squad, Butch the poster dude and Adrian Nabi, event co-ordinator who suffers every promotors nightmare when protestors storm his Backjumps Live Issue exhibition in Berlin, smash the place up, at which he has to then run off to appease the sponsors. Hmm, such irony!
Oh, and for the record, its beautifully shot and edited (naturally) so well done to R&R productions for a quality film!
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