With French contemporary street artist Invader's exhibition "Hello My Game is..." on view at Parisian museum Musée en Herbe, art and culture publication Juxtapoz Magazine takes the opportunity to interview the artist. Inspired by 80's video games, Invader has completed over 3000 mosaics in nearly 69 cities to date. Juxtapoz speaks to invader about his past works, process, and current exhibition. Below are excerpts from the piece, read the interview in its entirety over at Juxtapoz Magazine.
How do you like the way kids are embracing the show? Did you go and see them in action yourself?
Yes, I saw them, because nearly every morning, there are classroom visits. It is just amazing. The rooms are full of children sitting on the floor and carefully listening to the guides, who know how to speak to them and make things interesting so they want to participate. I have tried to make this show full of references from the children’s world and culture. Like the big “Rubikcubist” Peter Pan piece and several installations where the children can participate. Everything is hung lower than in a classic museum, so I suggest the adults visit the show on their knees!
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.
Do you remember what triggered you to start using the 8-bit video games aesthetic as a base for your work? Did you start with tiles straight away, or did that come later?
Back in the 1990s, the first computers were coming to market. One of my friends was a real geek and he made me buy a computer, a Macintosh IIfx. I started to spend all my nights on this machine exploring that new world. I used it as a tool to work on Photoshop 2.0. Little by little, this digital aesthetic became familiar to me, and I wanted to use it in my art. I made a series of prints and paintings representing pixels, and then began to use tiles.
When they decide to try and take it home with them? How do you feel about your work getting ripped off the streets?
That is another story. I'm always surprised and sad to see a piece of mine half ripped off by someone who tried to take it home. My street art is not only the mosaic itself—it works thanks to the spot. If you take it away from its location, it becomes regular tiles that you can find anywhere.