Sunday, 30 January 2011

Identity of Banksy on EBay $US999,999

There's no denying that E-Bay features many interesting items to purchase some of which received worldwide attention. A user under the guise of 'Jaybuysthings' in the states recently offered the true identity of Banksy for sale on the network. What he offered was a piece of paper with the lads true name written or typed onto it.  Although we didn't get to see the bid it apparently reached  $US999,999 with Free Shipping Offered. The American informer said he'd tried selling the idenity before on EBay which was qucikly shutdown 'because I was selling something that was not tangible' he said 'It is now tangible,'

We found some quotes online from 'Jaybuysthings' original Item Desciptions;

"The Identity of 'Banksy'"

'If you win this auction I will mail you a piece of paper revealing the true identity of 'Banksy','

'I have uncovered his identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records. I will reveal no more details.'

'The winner of this auction is the only person I will ever share this information with. The piece of paper will say his name, nothing more.'

'I give you 100% assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as 'Banksy'.'


Friday, 21 January 2011

PHILISTINES - Saturday 5th February @ The Junction Rooms

PHILISTINES - Saturday 5th February @ The Junction Rooms, 578 Kingsland Road, Dalston  9pm - 2am, free entry.

Philistines exhibition launched back in September 2010 on a Thursday at The Junction Rooms in Dalston. Word of mouth resulted in its popularity of being 'not just an art exhibition' but also a place to meet like minded characters and listen to groundbreaking music.

This art and music event has since had much support from the local community and it's popularity has seen endless interest and numbers through the door. Many art pieces have been purchased and others commissioned, there's always a handful of artists floating around so come down and say hello personally. Philistines is a hot ticket and one of the coolest places to visit.

Please note if you cannot make the actual event, this is an ongoing exhibition and can be viewed at other times and by appointment only with the man himself, Philip Ignatious Salacious Stein (see for hours of trade.) The exhibition resides at The Junction Rooms, 578 Kingsland Road, Dalston.

Philip Ignatious Salacious Stein will be celebrating his 50th birthday so expect lots of surprises and special guests at the party which will be held on two floors across the cool venue in Dalston. Pen the diary, it's a free masquerade ball with guest DJs, surprises and features affordable and exclusive art to purchase.

We move from a Thursday to a Saturday. This successful art/music event has gone from strength to strength... A project and exhibition which brings together street artists, collectors and lovers of art and music.

This is what happeneds at Philistines in December:
Aloosh EP Launch, Guest DJs, interactive artist Lubix Slumbarave....

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Karma on Prowl in Streets of Amsterdam

This work is so fresh that the artist hasn't even woke up from painting it last night (friday) Irish street art sensation Karma is currently on the prowl in Holland's Amsterdam. We're not sure how long he's there but we're gonna try to hook him up with another artist interviewed in LSD Magazine and that's the stencil supremo FAKE... we'll see how that goes... Meanwhile back on the ranch, keep out of trouble Karma.... Dont do anything that Team LSD wouldn't do....

Read Karma's Interview in latest edition of LSD Magazine - Stand and Deliver

LSD Magazine presents Revolve by Hedflux (Music Video)

Riding the twisting, turning, subversively yearning synthesized sorcery of the fresh cut release by the author of LSD’s Soulflux column, Hedflux, rolls the explosion of visual lucidity penetrating public consciousness spray by searing spray and reclaiming the streets for the rays of individuality. Chewing through the restraints of cavernous conformity and the liquid bonds of group-think, the mischief, the bursting forms, the awe inspiring colour and the wry, winking subliminal resistance bursts out of the frames and rides the currents of direct action deep into the reshaping of our sensory identity…..

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Irish Street Artist Karma - Crimbo in Ireland

Currently featured in the latest issue (6) is an interview with Irish street artist Karma. The lad is well known throughout Ireland and a friend of LSD Magazine. We'll be blogging the stuff he does between issues so keep coming back for more...

 Hirst Meets the Streets
Irish White Christmas with Karma

Friday, 7 January 2011

Otto Schade - London Solo Show - ON NOW


Otto has been creating some great pieces in London recently particularly in the east end. We've interviewed him in a past issue of the magazine and encourage everyone to go see the man's high end works...

Lava Gallery. LAVA Gallery 1.11 Kingly Court, 
Carnaby Street W1B 5PW, United Kingdom  
Opening  Party: 
Thursday 6th January 2010 | 6PM-9PM  
Exhibition from: 
7th January -19th January 2010 Otto Schade Website 

Kollektiv Artists - Volume 4 - Download MP3

Another Free Album from our friends in the Kollektiv based in Russia...

To all the friends of the Kollektiv Artists We wish you much luck and love in 2011, and as promised today we give you our latest album;

Out Now!  New Year's Day 2011 :)

Title: Kollektiv Artists. Volume 4.
 Release Date:01/01/11
 Quality: MP3 320 kbits

 featuring all tracks from:

 1. Cesare vs Disorder - hijack this (queen atom 2008 holy mountain edit) (Italy)
 2. Yoma - Winter Impression (Serbia)
 3. Rudolf - were's mom (Argentina)
 4. Neroh Wassa - Night falls on Chicago (Spain)
 5. Sloxxx - Kafa's narandzom (Serbia)
 6. Lump - Kind of Strange (Finland)
 7. Dimitry Liss - Murena (Russia)
 8. Ungar - La espuela de la calle (Spain)
 9. SeQ - Pandemonium (Spain)
 10. Alec Troniq - And I (Germany)
 11. Revy – stairkase (USA)
 12. Bakthot - Straight (Russia)
 13. Jay Phonic - The Trees of the Alps (Switzerland)
 14. Eros Marez - Hot in siberia (Spain)
 15. Colourblind & Zaid Edghaim - Bittursweet (Canada)
 16. Floating Mind - Marina Dolce (Switzerland)
 17. Samwell - Na Scene (Russia)
 18. Bela Emerson - Seeander (Bobo Lo industry in mind mix) (UK)

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

LSD Magazine Interviews US Street Artist RSH (Issue 6)

Polymath of the creative arts, lucid surfer of the mists of mysticism, all round politically illuminated mischief maker and creator of a bizarrely psychedelic, sinuous menagerie of monstrous glee, Raymond Salvatore Harmon dances through the barricades of medium with an irrepressible energy. Laced with a sublimial whisper, his film, music and abstraction alike glow with the rich hue of the esoteric, the internal, the eternal and the subconscious while his visual activism cuts straight through the layers of buried meaning to deliver a straight up punch to the solar. A lecturer and a formidable knowledge bank, a painter and a stencil artist, he also delves deep into the geometry and texture of electronic music, the nature of light and its channels and the fiery symbolism of conceptual film. unifying the often lonesome strands of sensory expression into a barrage of seductively arresting output. We spoke to him...

How did growing up in industrial Detroit shape your perceptions of society? 

Although I did spend a ton of time in downtown Detroit proper in my teens I actually grew up in a town about 45 minutes outside of Detroit. It was a desolate postindustrial scar on an otherwise green farmland. It plays host to what was once the world's largest walled prison and claims to be the place where the Republican Party was founded. In my teens we would break into the former Goodyear Tire plant complex (1.2 square kilometer factory) and skateboard on the steel floors. The plant closed in the early 80s due to a huge explosion that ruined one of the buildings. When it closed 30,000 people lost their jobs and the town was gutted financially. Still, the town has one of the best comic book stores in Michigan. Michigan in general is weird. I hated it as a kid and when I would go back in my early 20's I felt like I was suffocating, even if I was just visiting. But something about that place breeds intensely interesting, massively creative people. Motown, the Stooges, Juan Atkins, MC5, Wolf Eyes, Andrew WK. I came up seeing amazing shows in Detroit and was around during the birth of the noise scene there in the early 90's. I remember being at a rave in about 1991 with Graham Massey of 808 State and a friend of mine who was performing. This back when raves had bands like the Shamen or Meat Beat Manifesto, before the rise of DJ's. Orion pictures was there to film some movie about dance music that never came out. In hindsight I was in an amazing place and time seeing incredible things and doing ridiculous stuff. But it never seemed enough when I was young. Everyone I knew wanted to escape, to go out and see the world and get away from what we thought of as a boring existence.

What were your first forays into expressed creativity? 

I come from a family that promotes creativity. I have aunts and uncles who are artists in one way or another. So I started drawing young (like all kids) and just never stopped. I first started doing graff work in my teens, mostly as tags on buses and terminals in the 80s and early 90s. Then when I moved to NYC in 95 I started working with a crew of kids from the School for Visual Arts. I was the odd man out as I was older and didn't go to art school. All we did was paint the pieces designed by one guy, which got boring fast, so I moved on. It wasn't until 2003 or so that I started painting the sea / space monster things I do now. They grew out of drawings I had been doing for years. Kind of automatic drawing style psyche stuff.

When did you first begin to take an interest in the esoteric? 

When I was young, like 11 or so, I was fascinated with mythology and fantasy stories. I started reading up on the witch trials and slowly gravitated to more mystical work. By 13 I had figured out how to get books from other libraries sent to mine and was reading books on 14th century demonology and kabbalah. Crowley came along by my mid-teens, as did yoga, meditation and other mind expansion techniques; although I was totally straight edge (though not vegetarian) all through high school.

In the final analysis, what is your take on Crowley? 

Crowley is funny, especially in the UK where he still gets press. On the one hand he was an amazingly intelligent guy who spoke a half dozen languages and wrote an enormous amount of brilliantly insightful material into mystical traditions, esoteric thinking, and the nature of religion. On the other hand he was a man raised with money, used to being given what he wanted and overly indulgent of his desires/passions. The thing I find funny is how they still call Crowley a "Satanist!" in the UK press. It's been 100 years and as many books have been written about him and yet no research gets done or basic fact checking when an article about him comes out in the mainstream media. Yet when he does get mentioned its always "DRUG USER! "SATANIST!" etc. In today's world someone like George Michael it doing more in the way of "bad things" than Crowley ever did. How controversial is a guy who is bisexual, practices yoga and does drugs today?




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LSD Magazine Interviews William Parry on Palestine Wall Art (Issue 6)

We are privileged to welcome journalist, author and photographer William Parry to LSD Magazine. William has just published Against the Wall, a book crammed full of original photography and captivating, deeply emotive insight that documents both the art of the separation wall that pillages the land, the resources, the freedom and the dignity of Palestine as well as the struggle that it so starkly symbolises. Oscillating between the art itself, it’s evolution, the balance between local paint and visiting solidarity and the human cost and searing scars that the wider conflict has torn into the Palestinian psyche, the book examines the throbbing concrete heart of this terrifying symbol of injustice and grinds it’s visual story into grim focus...

What drove your commitment to documenting the art of the separation wall? 

First and foremost, the injustice of the wall and the millions ways that the graffiti communicates this and the steadfastness of the Palestinians in their struggle. I was doing an article about the legacy of Banksy and co.’s Santa’s Ghetto project in Bethlehem. I’d been many times and as I was leaving Bethlehem on this occasion I was amazed to see how much new artwork had gone up on the wall since my last visit. I texted my partner, joking that someone should document it for subsequent generations because all walls fall, and it’d be a shame to lose all this stunning work on this hated wall. I quickly thought: hey, it’s not a bad idea and I proposed it to Pluto Press, who quickly backed it. The advocacy movement for Palestine urgently needs fresh and creative ways of communicating with Western audiences so that it can get new support and raise awareness, like with the anti-apartheid movement – only then will real pressure on Israel build to respect international law. The Santa’s Ghetto project, pulled off with astonishing skill, creativity, originality and humour by Banksy et al and Pictures on Walls (POW), was such an act, making headlines around the world and showed Christmas shoppers in the West that Bethlehem/Palestine is being destroyed by Israel’s occupation and the wall. The book is a continuation of their fortnight there and their thinking – with the human stories of Palestinian hardship and resistance between the artwork.

Can you give us some insight into how you went about researching the book? 

There are thousands of wonderful, committed people who form a web of solidarity for justice, involved with various groups and from all walks of life. It’s a growing, international community of people who are doing their little bit to raise awareness about Israel’s decades of injustice in Palestine. I depended hugely on their contacts, their energy, their assistance, their lifts to areas on the ground in some cases, to meet people with tragic and inspiring stories to tell. In the UK I had original assistance from Tristan Manco at POW, who put me in touch with many of the artists. Then it was down to basic journalism – gathering the stories, the statistics from the many organisations who produce regular reports on such things (the UN and humanitarian/human rights groups), and taking a few thousand photos! And of course there’s my wife, who accompanied me through most of the journey and whose language skills and ‘nativeness’ granted us access into the lives of many people I could never have experienced otherwise.

How much did the process change you as a person? 

My admiration, respect and understanding of the Palestinian people grew exponentially. I was profoundly moved by their generosity, patience, humour and their steadfastness/ resolve. They taught me a lot about all of these qualities. It also turned me on to street art and taught me a lot about this medium that was previously foreign to me, I’m ashamed to admit.

What is your personal take on whether art diminishes or accentuates the monstrous impact of the wall

I’d like to think the graffiti highlights it and exposes, stroke by stroke, the nature of Israel’s on-going colonial project, now 62 years old. It’s a small way for ordinary people to express their outrage, their disgust, their solidarity – but it’s the growing number of small but creative ways that civil society is taking to voice its opposition and combat the oppression, given how pathetically our politicians have failed to uphold international law and morality. Instead of writing to your MP, go over, support the local economy, witness Israel’s occupation and leave your mark on the wall. That will lead to other actions and growing awareness, and that will help change the situation for the better.

How much of the art is directed towards a forgetful media and how much do you think is actually for the day to day lives of the communities themselves? 

Virtually none is there for the media – the Santa’s Ghetto work was partly to get the media’s attention. But most is for the people caught behind the wall, a small way of saying ‘you are not alone’. That knowledge – whether through the graffiti or by campaigning for their rights in other ways there and here – means a huge amount to them, they say. 

Is the spray can mightier than the sword? 

It’s a means of communicating about injustice. It’s one means of getting a message across. The more people who learn about Israel’s crimes, the more who challenge the West’s blind backing of Israel – the quicker Israel’s incredibly sophisticated military machine will be undermined. The spray can is part of the spectrum of other creative, non-violent ways being undertaken by civil society to raise awareness, challenge historical narratives and overcome injustice.


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