….wild is the wind…creative free speech is the seed….
‘To every age its art, to art its freedom’—the motto used in 1905 by the Vienna Secession arts movement around Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffman and others—is relevant again amid the ongoing joint activities by the iProtest Arts Charity and Team Robbo. Klimt wasn’t the first European artist to be inspired by Oriental graphics and art, nor the last.
Cecilia W. Yu of iProtest, which she co-founded in 2011 with Frankie Stein, to encourage worldwide Creative Free speech, and Team Robbo have collaborated on guerilla art tactics in special events and exhibitions, including at Liverpool’s restored St. Luke’s (Bombed Out) Church and London’s Red Gallery.
Yu says she and Team Robbo “discovered there was a 6,000 year-old bridge between the Chinese Pictorial Language and Modern Day Graffiti Worldwide, so we decided to try a little bit of East-West Fusion to push the boundaries of both Graffiti and Fine Art, with spontaneity, humour, irony and just whatever we find entertaining.”
At the Bombed Out Church on 4 August, those in attendance at various times might happen on a multi-media performance of Yu’s living art, a projection by Team Robbo, a showing of the film classic “African Queen,” or, another East-West fusion, the Pagoda Classical Chinese Harp Ensemble with Zilan Liao, combining modern musical sound with the Classical Chinese Harp.
At London’s Red Gallery on 8 September, Wearable Art by Cecilia.W.Yu was presented alongside a Team Rex Exhibition at the invitation by Team Robbo. International and UK Graffiti and street artists included Mare139 and KEL 1st.
iProtest is a UK-based charity that is in the process of evolving into an Arts based Education Trust that seek to encourage Creative Free Speech. It began as a concept between a group of London Protestors during the season of the Jasmine Revolution in 2011. Since its inception in July 2011, iProtest has been included in the Dove Charitable Giving Lists and formed a strong arts-based collaboration with Yala-Youth Leaders in Isreal+Palestine, with a view to mentoring several of their programs centered around their FC Barcelona Youth for Peace Soccer camps and Photography competitions for promising young Middle Eastern artists.
iProtest celebrates Creative Free Speech across all cultural, social and political barriers and believes in a Peaceful Sustainable Cultural development for this planet. For more on the UK, European and global activities, visit: iprotestarts.tumblr.com
Bio: Mr Carter Moody wrote for Billboard magazine (USA) .He has worked with NGOs for over 20 years, ranging from protest-advocacy groups (immigrant rights, civil rights, anti-nuclear campaigns), to health, housing and refugee services. While he is originally an entertainment reporter at Billboard, he switched to grant-writing and organizing, and keeps his hand in the arts working with Nashville’s vibrant art and music scene, USA.
From Cecilia: Thank you so much Carter for being the unofficial iProtest Press Director! Nothing Left to Burn Liverpool is an annual event and it will be so much fun to see your brilliant and at times ascerbic review of emergent bands/musical talents. I always enjoy our private in-joke banter.