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Episode 8 of the Philly Painting videoblog by Jon Kaufman and Seven Halsema. This episode crew leader Felix ‘Flex’ St.Fort introduces the team of Philly Painters.

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Haas&Hahn: How Painting Can Transform Communities

If someone were to ask me one of my favorite creative projects, I would most likely say The Favela Painting by Haas&Hahn is one of my favorite creative projects. I believe that the greatest art is the art that is a part of the community, creates a positive vibe, and represents its inhabitants. 

The story behind a creation is even more intriguing. Through it, we learn the process, the risks, the mistakes and the influence.

Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn spoke about their project for TED Talks. They discussed the funding, the community’s hesitation and how they gained artistic flexibility. By involving the community in their decisions, they developed a team along the way to make it all possible. That is art.

Arte transforma comunidades

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Este ano, o Rio de Janeiro teve o privilégio de sediar em outubro o TEDTalk Global 2014.  Diversas palestras sobre os mais variados assuntos ocorreram no evento. Palestrantes nacionais e internacionais participaram como o neurocientista Miguel Nicolelis – um dos mais importantes cientistas da atualidade – e o jornalista Glenn Greenwald. Uma das palestras que se destacou – pela temática em si e por sua profunda vinculação com o momento atual do país – foi a “How painting can transform communities”.

O projeto apresentado visa a revitalização de áreas carentes, como as de comunidades do Rio, através da arte urbana. Os artistas Jeroen Koolhaas e Dre Urhahn, de uma forma criativa e respeitosa, transformam locais sem maiores atrativos – tanto vielas cariocas, como as da Vila Cruzeiro, quanto ruas da Filadélfia – em lugares mais coloridos, vibrantes e, consequentemente, alegres.

Ao colocar em prática o que podemos chamar de “arte da comunidade”, eles pintam as fachadas dos prédios, envolvendo os próprios moradores nesse processo. Cada casa pintada faz parte de uma única obra de arte – todas dialogam entre si e, juntas, constroem uma nova identidade para esses locais.

Vale a pena conferir o TED TALK, abaixo, para ouvir os dois artistas explicando, de forma divertida, como o projeto surgiu e qual a importância do churrasco em sua arte!

- D

Arte transforma comunidades was originally published on Geração Alpha - Blog

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Cornbread “The Father of Modern Graffiti” talks about his history, his legacy, and his connection to Germantown Avenue.

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Funny and inspiring stories from artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn

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Dedication ceremony, 12/1, for an innovative community painting project by Mural Arts of Philadelphia titled Philly Painting, which consists of a stretch of several blocks of a North Philly neighborhood that was colorfully decorated over a half year span. The project is a mix of art, architecture, and community engagement, and has captured the curiosity of locals as well as people around the world… See Designer in Exile’s interview on-site at work with mural co-creator, Dutch artist Dre Urhahn.

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In episode four, we meet Keenan Jones, the official Philly Painting Tourguide!

Haas & Hahn

After my disgusted diatribe yesterday, I thought we could all use something uplifting, exuberant and pretty.  I turned to my files and came up with just the thing - the Favela Painting Project by Haas & Hahn.  This Dutch design duo (whose actual names are Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn) started working together in 2005 when they made a documentary for MTV on the burgeoning hip hop scene in the favelas (slums) of Rio and Sao Paolo.  They were inspired by these communities and decided to transform one favela in Rio into a massive artwork.  They trained local people to paint and working side by side, they transformed a downtrodden slum into this:

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Haas & Hahn’s next project (which promises to be even more brash and ebullient) is entitled O Morro and their goal this time is to paint an entire hillside in Rio.  I have said it before and I’ll say it again - it’s incredible what a coat of paint can do, in this case not just for the aesthetics of the community but for their morale.

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And lest ye think this dynamic duo is only focusing its positive, creative energy on Brazil, check out their proposed neon “intervention” for the housing projects of lower Manhattan: 

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Yeah baby!  These guys are truly inspiring to me.  They see no borders between art and architecture, between design and community.  Just looking at these projects has really lifted my spirits - imagine what it must feel like to live there!  Enjoy!

Photos courtesy of Apartment Therapy, Dutch Art Events, Graffart.eu, Favela Painting

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INSPIRATION: Haas and Hahn - Favela Painting Initiative

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Dutch artists Haas and Hahn aka Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn rose to prominence in 2007 when they launched their Favela Painting initiative – a community driven project that focused on painting the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to bring residents closer together and introduce art to impoverished neighbourhoods. 

I actually first heard of Haas and Hahn through fellow TSG member Naomi Gray.

Even though this was a while ago, I distinctively remember the excitement on her face as she told me about her brief encounter with Jeroen and Dre; and about how they both inspired her. I then read an article on the two amazing men, and the initiative that they had found; and I too was instantly blown away by their selfless courage and drive.

What started out as a social experiment, had quickly turned into an extraordinary tale.

Watch below.

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Favela Painting

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Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, the boys from Favela Painting are working in
Philadelphia now and are running into some different problems while working on an even bigger project this time.