1 000 Space Invaders
It’s an invasion!
I have been wanting to talk about Space Invaders for a while, and with the arrival of his personal exhibition: 1 000, it’s now or never!
From the 7th of June to the 2nd of July 2011, Invader will be exhibiting at La Générale in Paris.
Why 1 000? Because the exhibition will be the moment when he presents his 1 000th Space Invader in Paris.
The exhibition will also be a great opportunity to take a deeper look into his work:
> Street art invasion:
« I’m often asked how many people are in my group, the response there is no group, I work alone and travel a lot »
After a few years of thinking and planning, the « invasion » of the world began…
It is with the pseudonyme Invader, that the artist applies the concept of the video game to a urban reality.
This is how the first Space Invader came to be, in 1996 in Paris…
For Invader, the world is a big playground: Paris, London, New-York, Tokyo, but also Mombasa or Kathmandou… over 70 cities have been invaded!
In keeping with the spirit of the video game, Invader gives each of his pieces a « score » between 10 and 50 points, depending on their size, where they are and their composition.
Every Space Invader is unique! Every one is created with a double, an Alias, a clone which is archieved in plexiglas and given an identity card (including the date it was born, the address where you can find it, a photo of the location, a map, the number of points it is worth…).
Some important dates:
- 1978 : The video game « Space Invaders » was released in Japan
- 1996 : Invader places his first piece in the streets of Paris
- 1998 : The launch of the operation « Space Invaders » in Paris
- 1999 : The invasion hits the rest of the world
- 2005 : The beginning of Rubikcubisme
Some important figures:
- Almost 1 000 Space Invaders in Paris
- 19 700 points accumulated in Paris
- 77 cities invaded
- 2 692 Space Invaders in the world
- 5 commissions
- 1 500 000 square tiles glued in the streets
- 6 world tours
- 22 nights in Police custody
- 15 personal exhibitions
- 42 group exhibitions
- 19 invasion maps published
- 6 invasion guide pubished
- 1 tonne of Rubik’s cubes used for the exhibition « 1 000″ in Paris, along with 6 000 rubber balls
Although most known his « Space Invaders », the artist also works with other techniques, including the iconic 80′s: Rubik’s cube !
Given the name « Rubikcubisme », this project uses the famous brain twisting icone to produce works of art.
« Give me a Rubik’s cube, and I will solve it, give me 300 and I will make a piece of art! »
Always working around the basic « pixel », the artist is developping his art in 3D.
With that technique, he developped 3 different series:
- Rubik masterpieces: classic art pieces reworked by Invader (Courbet, Ingres, Leonard de Vinci, Warhol, Manet…)
- Badmen: a collection of portraits of the « bad guys » from cinema, literature or political history of the 20th century (Clockwork Orange, Bonnie & Clyde, Charles Manson, Baader, Al Capone…)
- Low Fidelity: album covers from music from the artists collection (Velvet Underground, The Clash, Bob Marley, Gainsbourg, ACDC, Daft Punk…).
> Stickers :
« A sticker can be placed in a second and can stay for years »
The sticker is the faster way to communicate for any street artist.
For Invader, it starts with his personal objects: computer, agenda, mobile or scooter.
Invader is creatingbetween 5 and 10 designs of stickers per year, limited to 1 000 copies each. Once the stock is dry, that’s it! And the sticker become a Collector item.
NB: A new series of stickers will be released for the exhibition…
> Speed Ball Machine:
« I always thought that round was my worst ennemy, but no, we have reconciled »
The Speed Ball Machine is a crazy installation created for an event: Miami Art Basel 2010.
The piece is a sculpture in perpetual motion, and it’s made up of a plexiglas container with colored rubber balls launched at more than 200 km/h by an automatic system.
The viewer experiences the fear of being hit as the transparency of the glass gives the allusion of being touched.
Save the date, from the 7th of June to the 2nd of July, Invader will be :
@ La Générale
14 avenue Parmentier
Metro line 9 : Voltaire
@ Galerie Le Feuvre
Le Feuvre gallery
164 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Find on StreetLove a few photos of Space Invaders found in the streets, click here!
* All figures quoted here are likely to have evolved since the publishing of this article…