A labor of love two and a half years in the making, Viral Art critically examines how street art and graffiti have been shaped by new communication technologies. Rushmore concludes that the future of the movements lies in the creation of “virtual interventions” over physical displays.
RJ was recently interviewed about the book by Graffuturism and received a shout out from acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey. Last month, Hyperallergic published an extended excerpt from the book which focuses on the history of Wild Style (1983), lauded as the first major film on graffiti and hip-hop culture.
In keeping with the ethos of his subject, Viral Art can be read, downloaded, and shared with others, all for free online at ViralArt.net.
The video above is a call to action to graffiti and street artists and supporters around the world to upload videos showing the freshest art in public spaces.
Each artist is invited to submit a 1-3 minute video of their art and/or an interview that has been executed in the last year. Submissions will be viewed and curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Martha Cooper, RJ Rushmore, Carlo McCormick and Ethel Seno – top selections will to be featured on MOCAtv’s YouTube channel which has over 80 thousand subscribers.
RJ’s list comprised of artists from over fifteen different countries including Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia and South Africa. The top five consisted of Os Gemeos of Brazil, JR of France, Banksy of the U.K., Jaz of Argentina and his number one choice Gaia of the U.S.A.
The list sparked strong reactions and spirited dialogue for RJ via twitter and Vandalog. When questioned by Robin Grearson about only including two women in the list of fifty RJ invited her to write a post for Vandalog as a companion piece to his original list. Grearson’s list “Artists who are also women” mentioned twenty-six women street artists creating today.
In response to the active dialogue, RJ was invited to participate in a panel discussing gender in street art and to host an evening of short films at the Living Walls Conference, a conference on street art and urbanism that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia annually.