….wild is the wind…creative free speech is the seed….
iProtest Arts Charity presents: Team Robbo and Yu
sponsoring “Kitten Defence League” at Flying Egg Space,
Mowlem Street London, off Vyner Street. E2
Press Release by (TRAP.ltd) on behalf of iProtest Arts Charity:
‘Kitten Defence League’ is the brainchild of Cecilia W Yu founder of iProtest’. Many clusters of colloborative art co-ops starting with those run by UK artists like Testspace in Leeds, will be inducted under the iprotest mentorship scheme in 2012.
The first KDL ‘mission’ will be announced at a series of high-profile August events in London & Liverpool by Team Robbo (TR) and Yu. TR and Yu will share their guerilla art tactics with aspiring street artists and commercial designers; bringing together an East-west fusion “old school rules”.
Various self-taught UK young artists will be posing in naff graffiti paper bags over their heads outside Flying Egg Space off Vyner to drive home an ironic parody. While 10+ small grassroot galleries at Vyner Street will be displaying their eccelectic collection of street art as part of Whitechapel Galleries London-wide exhibition Thursday 7th – 12th June.
The irony is the iphone ‘street tag’ app used to make the images originally promoted last year’s ‘Graffiti War’. Documenting what has now become an overpublicised feud betwen Team Robbo and Banksy! Team Robbo and Yu’s ironic paperbag parody is a playful poke at TR’s new found celebrity status. Team Robbo was Lauded on channel 4′s ‘Street Summer’ series as the most authentic graffiti crew to break into the Fine Art world but the iphone application remain as Yu, a professional visual artist said to TR at their recent weekend brainstorming, “Never mind their gimmick, gentlemen, can we please teach some “old school” techniques?”
IProtest, the global Art charity has always championed human rights violations cases like the blinded illegally detained activist Chen Guangcheng, Free Nobel peace laureate LIu Xiaobo and most up-to-date the suspicious death of Li Wang yang.
IProtest-Pepa partnership in the Congo using Dance as a source of empowerment for women who were victims of rape as a weapon of war. This was established after the founder of Iprotest and PEPA attended a global teleconference with the Nobel Women Initiative and was able to bounce ideas about the role of culture to “End Rape in Conflict” with Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. “My Body, My dance” fuses London Ska music with some 400 different traditional community Congolese dances.
In light of the possible humour association of the Kitten Defence League with other “defence leagues” whose Prank-style suited the maverick tastes of Team Robbo, Cecilia suggested to TR, “This is EXTRA FANTASTIC and IRONIC in 2012, together we use iProtest to reclaim a music by black power in the 60s, later popularised by white RACISTS in the skin-head movements in the 70s, back to Africa to empower the very people who had been victims of hatred and violence! That is the Transformative Universal Power of the Arts to get beyond barriers and negativity in a peaceful, non-violent & creative way! lol. And no iphone applications needed in Africa, its just people doing it!”
So as ever the light-heartedness of ‘Kitten Defence League’ belies the serious social commentary. Cecilia explained:
‘Iprotest knows what is going on and what people are using to try to learn art and we are saying, YOU NEED REAL ART Mentors! We can help! When people only take their leads from the mainstream media’s perception of Graffiti….it can “ruin their technical styles” which is an art form…so why don’t the marketers let the Real Artists get on with the art of mentoring? Help us by giving us Creative free speech. Many uk co-operatives of self-taught young artists spent alot of time trying to give real space to young hopefuls. They need the challenge of working with professionals…not another Channel 4 iphone application! ie. it takes more than a computer game/application to be an artist! Team Robbo and Yu wanted to demystify art. Specifically Team Robbo would like young hopefuls for the mentorship to email them their Funny Art ideas as part of their selection criteria. Be Wild, Be innovative!”
Cecilia supported UKshima’s postcards, painted by international atists with words of support, from UK and US towns to form an Art Instalation at Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art, sponsored by British Chambers of commerce & Japanese Embassy. Owing to it’s success in keeping the suffering of local Japanese residents alive in the minds of the west. A year after the region was struck by Tsunami and Earthquake.
Team Robbo wants British Graffiti art to spread Globally, showing their support for London’s grass-root counter-culture in all ways.
So KDL postcards will be onsale for a pound to fundraise and promote a similar installation in Liverpool. This charity Art and Music festival will conclude with a loving tribute to Bafta Lifetime award winner Eva Monley. Who died last November aged 88. The haulocaust survivor had an inate understanding of the suspicion and fears of those caught in war-zones to support international film shoots, often recruiting them as extras.
This no doubt added to the humanitarian element of the films she worked on. Residents can vote via the postcards for one of her films to be screened. From Lawrence of Arabia including rare interview footage, Highlander and Mississippi Masala at Liverpool’s iconic St Luke’s bombed out church.
It is therefore only fitting that this all day-er to feature multicultural street food along with Liverpuddlian fried favourites. Residents will be encouraged to register their ‘iProtest Against Violent Idiot-isms’. Asking the hard question on the postcards ‘Why Liverpool is often considered deprived by non-scousers?’.