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Transcript of Banksy

Banksy's Life "Despite what they say, graffiti is not the lowest form of art. Although you might have to creep about at night and lie to your mum, it's actually one of the more honest art forms available. There is no elitism or hype, it exhibits on the best walls a town has to offer and nobody is put off by the price of admission." - Banksy - unknown (Robert Banks or Robin Gunningham)
- born in Bristol, England
- 1974 or 1975
- began vandalizing at 14
- took long time to finish: began using stencils
- "prank" exhibits
- travels all over the world (including New Orleans)
- many pieces have disappeared (whitewashed, etc.)
- most recent during London Games Stencils "As soon as I cut my first stencil, I could feel the power there. I also like the political edge. All graffiti is low-level dissent, but stencils have an extra history. They've been used to start revolutions and to stop wars." - Banksy "Prank" Exhibits "Banksy brought his own brand of prankster performance art to major museums, including the Louvre and Metropolitan Museum of Art."
- "The Story Behind Banksy" Art Around the World New Orleans - Graffiti
- Street Art
- Spray Paint (with cardboard stencils)
- anti-war/anti-establishment
- shows problems the world faces today Los Angeles, California London, England Africa Palestine “I looked out the window of the taxi on the drive into New Orleans and remarked – “There’s still so much devastation – I can’t believe they haven’t cleaned this mess up.” To which the driver stared at me and said “This part wasn’t affected by the hurricane – it’s always looked like this.” - Banksy "Keep your coins, I want change." "People either love me or they hate me,
or they don't really care.” - Banksy "To be clear, Banksy's work is not wholly unenjoyable – and Big Macs don't taste terrible either – but if he is starting to inspire people then their sights are being set about a mile too low. The whole point of graffiti is to be transitory and disposable, so let's hear it for the planet's cleaners, builders and vandals who, recognizing instantly the uninterestingness of Banksy's art, dispose of it."
- Leo Benedictus "Exit Through the Gift Shop"
Directed By Banksy “The greatest crimes in the world are not
committed by people breaking the rules
but by people following the rules.
It's people who follow orders that drop
bombs and massacre villages.” - Banksy “A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves.” - Banksy Banksy's Art "Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it's a tool; "I'll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw". I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that?”
- Banksy - spreads a message
- statements that make you think
- want for power and money leads to fighting...
there needs to be a change "There is nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place." - Banksy "Banksy is the closest thing we have to a real life Batman. He hides in the shadows with nobody knowing his true identity. And he brings good by spreading a great message and inadvertently making a few lucky people very wealthy."
- Nosaj Adams The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work. (IMDB) - nominated for Academy Award "Best Documentary"
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