Liliwenn, a female artist coming from Brest, Brittany (France) is President of the SUGAR RUSH association. She tells us about the project called "Crimes of Minds".
Liliwenn by Ti Adam - Off -wall in Palaren, a spot in Brest
Liliwenn, can you introduce yourself?
As an artist I have been involved in street art for a few years now. I’m really turned on by urbex (URBan EXploration, NDLR) and derelict places because of their special "soul" - those places inspire me as emotion drivers and I like to bring on them my personal touch; I also practiced my art in the streets of London, Bristol, Paris, Vitry-sur-Seine, Rennes and Brest. My goal is to expand this perimeter and be present in the streets of Berlin, Rome or Sao Paulo in the future. When you listen to the streets’ call, it is difficult to turn away.
In the meantime, I exhibited my work in various cities among those cited above, mainly in France, Britain and Spain and in the beginning of September in Milano (Italy) for Inner Walls & Urban Painting along with other female artists (Ananda Nahu, Faith47, B-Toy, Alice Pasquini, Alita (Orticanoodles), etc).
I am a loose cannon, meaning I work on my own but regularly collaborate with musicians or other artists, rarely on one project at a time.
Guy Denning by Maorix (Episode #1)
Sugar Rush, what is it all about?
Sugar Rush was born through Crimes of Minds. We wondered what status was to be granted to the project. I did not intend to do it under my name, so the association was created.
Ben Slow by Awouell (#1)
What about the « Crimes of Minds » project ? Where does this idea come from, what are the steps and moves and why this title?
I had been thinking about organizing a street art event in my city for quite a while. I wanted to hit, to show something different. After having walked across a few roads and taken part to street art events that really were a great experience to me (as the Mutate Britain in London or the Vitryjam in Vitry-sur-Seine, France), when the city of Brest started to implement artistic projects in the streets with a strong dynamic, I was therefore encouraged to write my project and go on (…).
Ben Slow by Mathieu Le Gall (#1)
You can’t imagine what implies such a project in terms of organization and steps to make. We have learnt a lot during these last 10 months. We had to attend numerous meetings with each part of the administration services for each wall, had to talk with a lot of representatives, make official requests with pictures of simulated walls and insist on the fact that the paintings were not commissioned. The artists had to feel totally free in their creation.
Sly2 by Ti Adam (Episode #2)
We obtained authorizations sometimes on entire areas, gables, houses, stations…but after months and months of discussions. We still are searching for walls as once a spot is identified we still have to ask for the city’s authorization, but also from the owners’ walls. The operation is quite simple for an individual but when it invloves a co-ownership the delay is obviously longer. We are working hard to find walls adapted to the artists’ needs at every step of the project and also have to take this schedule into account.
Stencil painting by Finbarr DAC (Episode #2)
As for the project’s viability, the heart of our concerns is money. We have planned a budget of EUR 80,000€ for a year and having nothing more than our good will, we had to find precious supports that brought technical help and goods, like Océania (a hotel brand), Montana Cans (for sprays), Carrefour City (food) and so on. Media help us to relay information (Graffiti Art Magazine, Radio Nova, Crack For Your Eyes, Urban Artcore, Radio Nova…) and work with us. Thanks to that we have wonderfully managed to organize the 6 last sessions of the project with now 15 frescoes painted in the streets of Brest.
We take in charge sprays, travel and stay costs, even cradles if necessary and are now fully occupied in searching sponsorship and financing to continue this huge living canvas. It would be a pity to stop now!
Best Ever by My Te (Episode #2)
Crimes of Minds involve around 60 persons (stakeholders, sponsors, street artists, musicians, movie-makers...Official photographers in the book to come, guest photographers (Hervé Photograff, Romany WG,...) but most of all a talented team who offer us a wonderful portfolio of each episode. It is therefore important to mention Awouell, Ti Adam, My Te, Mathieu Le Gall, Maorix, pAdmA-K and Paulo Rodrigues for his video teasers, and our friends Flavie and Patrick who work backstage.
Best Ever by Mathieu Le Gall
The name was inspired by my great friend and colleague Mattic. Mattic is an immensely talented artist. Composer and singer, he once said the words « partners in crime of mind », talking about the process of creation. It became obvious. This artistic play on words that was perfeclty in line with the clichés regarding the act of painting on a wall with a spray can, acting on the environment. Art can sometimes be considered as a crime depending on the way it’s being performed.
Morten Andersen (#2)
You have gathered a great bunch of artists to organize this event, how did they consider your proposal to be a part of it?
When I contacted the artists to invite them and introduce the project, all of them were up and enthusiastic. All they had to do was to be there and do the best, we were managing the rest. But at first if the project sounded good to them I think it’s mainly because they are generous, passionate artists, and are already familiar with street art.
Some of them could not join us in the end because of their jobs so we had to change the line up a little (Herakut and Solo One could not come, but new artists came such as the Da Mental Vaporz, Wen2 and Alice Pasquini who took up the torch).
C215 (Episode #3)
Street art can be a shout, an expression, a commitment, but in the first place deep inside us it’s something that we offer everyone without distinction. To create an high quality open-sky gallery, with no elitism and be a part of the mutation of a city was probably the motive.
Reading the program on the official website, it rather looks like a TV series, with episodes, « guests » and a tight timing…
Yes, it was more interesting to perform actions on a long time basis than to be limited to a big jam. This is part of the concept. Frescoes grow at each episode with a retrospective of the sessions via mini-movies displayed every month on the website, together with photo-coverings, podcasts, radio interviews and a map spotting the frescoes.
C215 & Alice Pasquini (Episode #3)
The goal was also to ensure cultural diversity, with artists and stakeholders coming from different countries with a variety of skills. This is why we also invited movie-makers like Six Oranges who make documentaries about London, Pierre Jampy who realized the first videoclip in June with an exclusive soundtrack by Mattic & the Artists of the Beautiful (to be broadcasted in October) and the French team OAOFB .
Liliwenn (Episode #4)
Movie-makers, photographers but also musicians (ASM, Mattic, Berry Weight, Astrid Engberg, etc.), each create a track for « Crimes of Minds » in order to make the final soundtrack of the movie that will be made at the end of the project. All this is shown on the website.
What do you aim at by setting such artistic interventions in your city?
A beautiful book showing this cosmopolitan ride in the city with exclusive unreleased pictures, texts, interviews, the whole in French and English language for its international connotation and in the end of the 200-page book, a map and a DVD as a testimony of this great adventure.
Check the movie realized by Frederic Louot / OAOFB team (sountrack by Sinuous)! For this Episode # 4, Liliwenn painted a 2-faced wall in mid-August with a little help of her friend Pakone . Now on FatCap TV!
Jef Aerosol is at the cutting edge of news since Miossec has just relased his new album on Sept. 12, during the painting session! People can now read the lyrics of his song "Tonnerre de Brest".
Pix : Maorix
Jef Aerosol portrait by Ti Adam.
Liliwenn concludes : The whole will be officially released in the course of the Summer 2012 during a big collective exhibition gathering all the artists having been implied in the project who will sign the book, while David Walker and Jef Aérosol will be doing live-paintings, the sneak preview of the movie in an room next to the exhibition. This will be the conclusion of Crimes of Minds but not a final point because we hope that other frescoes will follow!
In the meantime, you'll find a portfolio of the best pics dedicated to the past episodes of Crimes of Minds, a project gathering a great bunch of artists already present on Fatcap.
As you see, this project is a clever, ambitious one, implying a lot of energy and constant financial support. A word to the wise...
Coming soon: Wen2 & Antoine Twan Stevens (6), Bom.K and Da Mental Vaporz (7), with the British photographer and movie-maker RomanyWG as a guest, David Walker, Indigo...
Liliwenn (FR) - Jef Aérosol (FR) - C215 (FR) - Alice Pasquini (IT) - Wen2 (FR) - Sly2 (FR) - Antoine Twan Stevens (FR), Bom.K & Da Mental Vaporz (FR) - Pakone (FR) - Finbarr DAC (UK) - Best Ever (UK) - Guy Denning (UK) - Ben Slow (UK) - David Walker (UK) - Kool Koor (US) - Morten Andersen (DK) - Indigo (CA)…
Title-pic: Ti Adam. Covering, interview, translation and pics Chrixcel unless mentioned otherwise.