You may be wondering what street art has to do with electronica.
But in the same way a musician remixes one of their favorite tracks, graffiti artists are, in their own way, paying tribute to public spaces through artistic expression. Much to the chagrin of major labels and public officials alike, these two modern trends are part of the same remix culture.
It’s one thing to paint a picture on the side of a building in the middle of the night. But to risk death to express your message in the face of a totalitarian junta is true rebellion. It is no wonder then that the fastest growing medium in the ultra conservative middle east should be street art.
Professor Charles Tripp is an expert in Middle Eastern politics who argues that street art has been a fundamental part of the seeming wave of revolution against totalitarian dictators in the Middle East and Africa. He is not above employing graffiti as a form of political expression himself.
In Tunsia dictator Ben Ali fled the country in early 2011. Overnight a giant poster of his face appeared on the side of a building. As the sun rose a growing crowd surrounded the picture murmuring in discontent. Encouraged by the jeering crowd, a group of men pull down the poster to reveal another sign underneath. It reads in Arabic, “Beware, dictatorship can return. On October 23rd VOTE.” You can watch the event unfold above.
Read more about Tripp in the Guardian: How Arab revolutionary art helped break the spell of political oppression