3,437 mosaics, 69 cities and 20 years later, street artist, Invader is still spreading his 8-bit signature style around the world. His latest project was a bit of a change of pace, converting a gallery space into a personal playground. Over 100 original artworks were showcased for parents and children to revel in, including arcade games, interactive maps, rubrik’s cubes and a wall of magnets. To talk about the show, his style and future works, Invader sat down with Juxtapoz magazine which you can see in the partial excerpt below, or read in full here.
How important is the play aspect for you after all these years?
I created this project inspired by a 8-bit videogames, and I have kept that game aspect in my work and vocabulary. I’m doing “invasions,” and giving each piece an amount of points for a score in each city, etc.
How would you compare the challenges of invading a new city versus preparing a major museum show?
I probably shouldn’t reveal this, but invading a new city is always more exciting for me than working on a new show. But the comparison is good anyway because, at the end of the day, it is more or less the same amount of work. That is why I don’t do so many shows. I want to continue invading the streets of the world.
Which part of invading a city makes it so interesting, so special for you? Is it the rush of doing something illegal, adding a new city to the list, or something else?
As corny as it sounds, it is the freedom to keep on writing my own story, to do what I want to, where I want to. I want to discover new cities and landscapes and leave them with my artworks for everybody to see and enjoy.
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