The International Guerrilla Video Festival (IGVFest) is a form of mobile exhibition that intends to integrate moving image and the urban/social enviornment. Initiated in 2006 as a means to combat the monopoly of the billboards and advertisements that have come to dominate the urban landscape. The project works with artists and communities to articulate a diversity of perspectives, share stories and provide a public platform intervening directly on the city through projections on monuments, buildings and temporary structures.
The exhibition moves through the city to different sites of contention involving the confluence of visible and unperceived boundaries, the effect of past and present migrations, and unique architectural configurations. The site itself ultimately becomes an integral part of the exhibition.
A self-contained, transportable GPU (Guerrilla Projector Unit) facilitates the incursions throughout the urban environment. Transforming public space into a fertile ground for experimentation toward new possibilities in the relationship between art and society.
“Reclaim the Walls,” by curator Jason Waite, on the International Guerrilla Video Festival is included in the new book Critcal Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists Vol. 2, 2010, edited by Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield.