tagging film and stencil exhibition

melbourne is world famous for its graffiti. or at least it was prior to the current citywide cleanup for the commonwealth games. in last few months street artist, photographer and filmmaker xero (yours truly) has photographed thousands of tags, and spoken to the key players in the public debate over graffiti. urban scrawl, a 13 minute documentary on dvd is the end result of this process.

the premiere of urban scrawl takes place tomorrow night, to coincide with the launch of the book stencil graffiti capital: melbourne and its accompanying photographic exhibition at citylights hosier lane and until never gallery, as mentioned (in scandalised tones) in this story in yesterday’s herald sun and on the channel 10 news.

the film features interviews with australia’s most outspoken anti-grafitti activist steve beardon, resident’s rights spokesman geoff barbour and one of melbourne’s most prolific taggers k2* (not his real tag), and documents tags by the infamous stan and bones of the notorious 70k crew (which if the herald sun are to be believed are the subjects of international manhunts), haha, phibs, tekno, zork, aeon, teror and many more.

the opening goes from 6 to 9 tomorrow night, at 3-5 hosier lane, melbourne, and should be a cracker. copies of the film are available on the night or from your humble narrator.

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