Artistic Interference

bel borba aqui promo / for time square, and FIAF from burt sun on Vimeo.

Bel Borba Aqui New York (BBANY) is a multi-facetted visual art project by Bel Borba, Burt Sun and André Costantini.  It came to life with the support of the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) Crossing the Line Art Festival, Times Square Art Alliance and the Hemispheric Institute.  The project was conceived after André and Burt completed the feature length documentary entitled “Bel Borba Aqui” on the Brazilian artist Bel Borba. BBANY overlaps the theatrical release of the film which has a preview at the Crossing the Line festival on September 19th at 7pm and officially premiers at the Film Forum for a two week run starting October 3rd.

Where “Bel Borba Aqui” was filmed entirely in his hometown, Salvador, Bahia, BBANY seeks to experience the results of Bel’s artistic interventions in New York City.  It can be broken down into the following components.  “Diario Baiano” is a challenge to create art for 30 days on the streets of the 5 boroughs of NYC from September 14th to October 13th.  While Bel creates installations and ephemeral art using mostly recycled materials, Burt and André document his actions, and then daily, André edits a short film which is uploaded and viewable here on this website along with supporting photographs and behind the scenes material.  On Sunday October 14 many of these artworks will then be moved to Times Square for a public showing at Father Duffy Square for a 24 hour period. 
Also in Times Square, for the entire month of October, as part of the “Times Square Moment: A Digital Gallery” will be the first film ever created specifically for the Times Square Art Alliance by Bel, Burt and André and is entitled “Universal Pulse.”  The collaboration depicts visual transformations on the NYC landscape evoking at once a sense of present and nostalgia.    It will occupy many of the large Jumbotron screens around the square and can be viewed once a day from 11:57pm to midnight.



Bel Borba é um artista plástico baiano que cobriu sua sua cidade natal com gloriosas obras de arte ao ar livre, criando pequenos e grandes mosaicos copostas de fragmentos de telhas, aço, Madeira, toda sorte de materiais reciclados e até mesmo areia. O seu trabalho é eclético e ao longo dos anos vem alterando o panorama da cidade, interferindo socialmente em sua comunidade, abrindo mais uma janela para a rica e complexa história da cultura de Salvador.


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