Artists worldwide are paying tribute to the late, great rapper MF DOOM with countless murals. Animator Dustin “Dus T’” Garcia already honored the villain more than four years ago, but residents of Rotterdam get to see it in their city streets as of now. The animated film he made for the song Gas Drawls will be shown on huge screens and walls as part of HIJS Lights.
Over the past two years, HIJS has put the Afrikaanderwijk neighborhood on the map as a hotspot for street art through the organization of POW! WOW! Rotterdam. Many mural artists were offered the opportunity to paint a mural or space there. And with many technological developments becoming available, we’ve decided to dive into digital arts as well. From December 18 to February 15, the dark winter days set the stage for a bright selection of digital artists.
On five locations surrounding the Afrikaanderplein and on the Santos-building on Katendrecht, a variety of graphic art and animation will be projected. And the great news is; as of right now we’ve opened our open call for artists who want to contribute. So in addition to the artists already selected, there’s a chance your artwork will also be visible ‘on South’!
Spraakuhloos has offered a (traveling) platform for artists to work in a multitude of art forms for many years. Self expression, connection and inspiration are key to what they do. For their latest project the organization, which has its roots in Rotterdam, collaborated with POW! WOW! Rotterdam, and we’re pretty proud of that.
Spoken word artists MCJR, Chery Salinas, Geoffrey, Amara van der Elst, Tomáš de Paauw, Daniëlle Zawadi, Patrick Ribeiro & Tyler Koudijzer (Barguijs), Azula and Ivan Words all wrote poetry inspired by nine of the murals created during POW! WOW! Rotterdam in September. The beautiful video series featuring all their performances is available for your viewing as of right now.
From the booming liftoff to the call to keep building, and all inspring messages in between; they can all be streamed right here, or on Vimeo and Instagram te bekijken. Most poetry is in Dutch, but we think the cadence, feeling and imagery has the power to transcend many borders.