Bomb It

Bomb It

DVD - 2008
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This film tells the story of graffiti from its cave-painting ancestors through its notorious explosion in New York City during the 70's and 80's as living museums appeared on trains rolling between the Bronx and Brooklyn. This film explores the many manifestations of "bombing," the global graffiti culture where the love of art and ego clashes explosively with law and order. From New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Barcelona, Cape Town, and Sao Paulo, each city boasts its own unique style and form of graffiti, and artists. Through grainy night vision footage and interviews, graffiti writers explain why they risk arrest and injury to express themselves, to reflect their society, and engage in a battle for control over the urban visual landscape. A study of the power of art to disturb, protest, and enlighten.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Docurama Films, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781422910016
1422910016
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.47 BOM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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Bomb it is the history and story of graffiti as street art and explores the idea that graffiti has strong ties to the local culture and urban landscape of its creators. Is street art self-expression where the cityscape is a canvas ready and waiting, or is it just an eyesore?

Bomb it is the history and story of graffiti as street art and explores the idea that graffiti has strong ties to the local culture and urban landscape of its creators. Is street art self-expression where the cityscape is a canvas ready and waiting, or is it just an eyesore?


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Nov 27, 2011

An eye-opener. After watching this documentary, I will no longer see graffiti simply as visual clutter, as a defacing of public spaces. The film made me aware of the many stories behind "street art," of the countless motivations of the creators. Each of the world's major cities has a unique style of graffiti, which is strongly tied in with its local culture, architecture, history, its urban landscapes. Many of Ottawa's bland, grey, concrete walls could certainly benefit from the rebellious expressions of underground artists...

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