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Graffiti Documentary

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by victorbiola

Graffiti seems to have become a topic that polarises the community throughout the world. It is interesting to see the various interest groups and lobbies here in Melbourne and the same trends can be seen world-wide (see some links below) . You might find it interesting to read up on opinions at this blog:

There is also a questionnaire about that topic that is fun to answer. They are a new group of independent filmmakers working on a documentary on graffiti in Melbourne.

Personally, I must say that I have very mixed opinions on the topic. I live in a diverse city, Melbourne (by the way). We have our Jewish suburbs in the South and our Muslim community mostly in the Northern suburbs. There are various European groups, many Iraqis, Indians, Chinese, Malaysians, and various other East Asian groups. Basically we are a melting pot of diversity. Mostly the blend works and there is not a lot of negative tension. The diversity is generally very appealing from the culinary aspects through to the dating side of things. The world is here!

Well, back to graffiti. You find a very interesting mix of street art. There is a large amount of stencils, paste-ups and conventional graffiti in the CBD. There is also a fair of tagging happening there, but the tagging itself seems to dominate more in the outer suburbs, where the stencils become more rare.

Again, personally, I do not like tagging much at all. Graffiti artists often commence by tagging. That might be the case, but it does not make it more appealing. Many artists start somewhere, but the public generally gets spared to look at their first attempts. I find tagging very selfish and ugly. It annoys me.

Many vandals who are obsessed by their own tags hide behind a diverse and talented street art scene. I am not trying to say that only the best artists should be able to do street art, but there are to many selfish taggers out there imposing their ugly stuff on everyone. It also has a tendency to devalue an area. If you want to sell your house, you will get less for it if someone has placed graffiti or tags on it.

In many cases graffiti adds colour to an area and it can therefore add artisitc value. In very few cases it will add property value and that is only if a majority of people feels attracted to that location due to the graffiti.
In many cases graffiti destroys the vibe of an area and I believe that it is a clichee that graffiti always adds artistic value. For a starter it is hardly ever done in respect to the architecture. I doubt that the majority of taggers ever consider imagery and colour after picking the location.

There should be and will be a space for art in the streets of our urban centres regardless of laws. This will not change in the future. It seems to be a natural need to our species to express ourselves as well as marking our territory. One might say that there is a primitive notion in that, but it does not change the nature of it.

Your views comments are as always welcome!


Victor Biola


Another few interesting blogs/sites that I found on this topic:

Site on Southern Californian graffiti and street art, set up in support of book ‘Graffiti L.A., Street Styles and Art –

Site of Chicago activists (pro-graffiti) –

Detailed website on global graffiti, intelligent write-ups, interesting vids and good imagery!!! –

See also:

YouTube site – send in your video opinion on graffiti –

Interesting post with good background knowledge –

Opinions –

Irish voice on the topic –


The World of Victor Biola Launches

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by victorbiola

A new blog by the name ‘The World of Victor Biola’ has just launched.

This blog is about Victor Biola’s world, which is everyone’s world. Victor Biola shares his insides. He writes about things that matter to us. Victor Biola points out the good sides in life, the amazing aspects of being human as well as the bad sides.

giraffeHe writes about his passions: movies, coffees, cultures. He likes the alternative, the underground and sometimes the more common side of our urban life. Beauty can be found in the stench of the back alleys of our urban centres.

He knows that between black and white there are many shades of gray and that most situations require you to look more than once.

Victor Biola is you. Victor Biola is me.

Finding The Answers Within Yourself

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by victorbiola

Why we hate what we do not understand

Are you one of those people who at times feel confused about the direction of your community and society as a total? Do you ever feel bewildered about a path chosen based on a majority decision, whilst you have no better alternative at hand? Do you ever feel like you are complaining too much, yet you do not see the sense in a certain behaviour or in following a path just for the sake of it?

Well, welcome to my world! This is nothing out of the ordinary and yes, you do not need to feel like you are a trouble maker if you choose to not agree with everything you encounter (how you deal with it will establish if you are a trouble maker or not).

Urban native american high rise

I often wonder in what way we have lost our ways, as in the ways of our ancestors. I strongly believe that we are a society of technology-hungry followers that have lost their sense of self and a sense of direction. We have come to learn many amazing things as a species and many complicated discoveries and inventions can be credited to us. That in itself is amazing and we could look at it as a blessing. Yet, I strongly feel that the majority of humans have given themselves up to specialists, experts, scientists and other (often) self-indulgent ‘leaders’.

The question that we have to ask ourselves is: Have we lost our individual capacity to make decisions and our spiritual capacity of understanding ourselves as part of our environment?

I often wonder who I could be or should I say: who I really am? I feel that we are so much less of our potential self and yet we gain so little in the trade for technological progress. What have we really gained from the days of early human settlements?

Sure, one could argue, that it is easy to forget all the grapes of our progress over the last ten thousands of years whilst we enjoy their luxuries. A flushing toilet is an amazing invention, true, but has the availability of computers in most households and the www brought us the anticipated spare time? Are we all more involved in discovering our inner beauty or spiritual enlightenment? Or do we rather find ourselves trapped in having less spare time and feeling more stressed?

Courtesy of National Geographic

Courtesy of National Geographic, Photographer: James L. Stanfield

On the one hand I feel terrified by the thought that we might have lost a lot of our wisdom that we have had in past centuries. Just look at the treatment and loss of status that the older generation is experiencing today as opposed to past generations. Sure one could argue that people would have said that even 500 or 2000 years ago, but it is indisputable that a senior in the year 1808 would have experienced a higher status within his/her family than today.

The older generation was responsible to pass on the knowledge of our ancestors as well as being a person of status simply because of their age. This has been lost and we now find a rather abandoned generation of grand parents that have aged and outlived their usefulness as a tax provider and major consumer.

Have we lost the connection to our roots?

Rediscovering-NatureWhy is it that we destroy all the plants that we refer to as weed and consider them unworthy? Yet these plants are strong and resilient to lack of water and excessive or lack of sun shine. These plants are born survivors, yet throughout my life 99.9% of people have been telling me that they were useless, a pest and needed to be ripped out.

At the same time we spent large amounts of time pampering plants that in many cases are not even edible. Why destroy a strong plant and pamper a weaker one? Is that not in itself against nature? Does that not contradict evolution in its core?

I recommend learning about the usefulness of weeds and becoming aware that these plants are easier to maintain and I assume in many cases very healthy as well. I assume that a plant that is more resilient and at the same time edible will pass some of these resilient properties on to the consumer (as in eater). The healthier and stronger the food that we eat the better should be the impact on our health! (A rule that would have to apply in most cases)

I recommend this web site on further reading on edible weeds and would appreciate your thoughts and feed back.


Victor Biola