Blu is Back: The Story of Evolution, Told in Graffiti
Lo-fi Darwinism, or why art and algorithm don’t hold hands on Buenos Aires sidewalks.
By Maria Popova
Nearly two years ago, Italian street artist Blu made waves with MUTO — arguably the most creative graffiti-driven animation of all time. Today, Blu is back with BIG BAG BIG BOOM, the latest gem in his treasure chest of stop-motion urban storytelling — an abstract exploration of the beginning and evolution of life.
What makes this so remarkable is that all of the animation effects were achieved in-camera, “animated” simply by filming the progression of painting on buildings, sidewalks and objects, with no post-production composting whatsoever. This analog, organic, lo-fi visual storytelling offers a complete paradigm shift, challenging us to think differently about a medium that is, at least today, inherently digital and software-assisted.
At least for today — Art: 1, Algorithm: 0.
Published July 6, 2010