FIGHT THE POWER
400 x 300 cm
Since 1980s, stickers became popular through many aspects of popular culture. One of the aspects was skateboarding culture and Do It Yourself principal of decorating your own board. Even though Orbot entered urban culture through graffiti, visual aspect of skateboarding influenced him much more. For years he has been playing with the little pill character but he finally gave it an ‘independent thought’ in 2016. Pill is a metaphor for contemporary human being that is increasingly becoming dependant on technology and medicaments. In order to be able to produce more artworks with different messages he realized that small format of a sticker and an easy application can make it more visible to the general audience. He is mostly dealing with the negative aspects of technology, awareness, human rights and so on. These topics are in his opinion important and quite necessary because the majority of our graffiti and street art scene is not interested in social activism. Each series of stickers looks different and it is inspired by modernist architecture and logo design but is moving away from the simplicity with its messages: Activate! Power to the people; Loading life. Please wait.; Warning!Warming!; Message not delivered!; Street art against hate!To live and let live. And even though tiny in comparison to graffiti and street art interventions, these stickers apparently attract a lot of attention.
Exhibitions with this piece
Loving Street Art Belgrade
While there is no substitute for looking at graffiti and street art in real life, it has become evident in recent years that new technologies can add an extra dimension to these art forms. At the end of 1990s, graffiti culture had already recognized the potential of the world wide web as a platform for this global movement to intertwine and cement its reign in urban settlements. One of the pioneering web sites, ArtCrimes.com, served as a gallery where one could see the artworks from all over the world. So, in the beginning, it was the culture itself that recognized the potential of what the digital revolution could bring. Since the mid-2000s and following the rise of street art, it has become obvious that not only graffiti culture and, consequently, street art, have had the need to document and share art on the streets, but that this has also become a favourite activity of those frequenting social networks. Next to cute cats, food porn and selfies, sharing photos of graffiti and street art has become extremely popular. However sociologists or psychologists interpret this phenomenon, it shows one thing clearly – people do notice and enjoy graffiti and street art. In this exhibition, let us explore the world of the digital content and a selection of the most popular artworks among social network users. One could ask why would this selection be relevant to the art world and what can this curatorial approach bring to the viewers? Well, the answer is simple – we wish to see if the audience picks just random ‘pretty’ things or whether there are more significant processes going on. Therefore, we are going to take the photos with the biggest number of views and likes on our organisations social media and organise them in groups so that they can be put in context and analysed. The outcome will be clear at the end of this virtual presentation. So, take one Level at a time, take the ‘wisdom potions’ on each Level and at the end of the exhibition you will have gained the ‘ultimate knowledge’. Enjoy! Ljiljana Radošević, curator.