If These Walls Could Talk, funded under NZ On Air’s DMF Ignite strand, warms up for release with a trailer for the web-series.
The series will arrive in October, accompanying an exhibition in Auckland.
Created and presented by Ross Liew (from the much vaunted Cut Collective) and with the help from NZ On Air Ignite funding scheme, If These Walls Could Talk focuses on five street artists looking at what compels them to paint outside, what drives them artistically, and how they navigate identity, community, ownership and the creative process.
An incredible trans-media experience, the works of Askew One, Benjamin Work, Mica Still, Elliot Francis Stewart and BMD are documented on video and online, with the series also providing a direct link between the walls painted and the stories captured – both from the online world to the artwork (in learning about the concept and the history of the artist, including their artistic statement with the work), and vice versa, with a link at each mural site available to transport patrons to the ITWCT online hub.
The result is an informative collection of narratives regarding not only the concept of street art, but contextualizing the positive benefits the artists can have on communities, engaging in these works in an innovative and encouraging manner; cultivating public experiences as they contribute to our public spaces.
“These are stories about a group of people all driven by a compulsion to paint big walls – what’s revealing is the variety of characters, philosophies and approaches. What’s reassuring is their shared sense of care, dedication and honesty” says ITWCT producer, Ross Liew.
The mini-documentaries keep the contemporary feeling alive by using an abundance of musical talent developing within New Zealand also – featuring the music of six producers and beat-makers throughout the series including Samuel Truth, Miso Shiru and Jay Knight.
If These Walls Could Talk was born from discussions regarding a higher level of critical engagement with street art in New Zealand (perhaps even the world), developing both a professional legitimacy and credibility within the field and educating an increasingly interested and literate audience. By acknowledging the influence of this art form and its role within public place making (just like design and architecture is), the series provides a distinct point of view of contemporary NZ culture in an effective and arresting manner.
The If These Walls Could Talk exhibition opens Saturday 11 October at the Imperial Lane Basement, 7 Fort Lane, Auckland City. The exhibition runs to 14 October, closing with a Live Painting event, with one of the artists from the series painting live on the lane way.