March 19, 2012
A few weeks ago, a little known hotel room in Marseille, France took the Internet by storm with an installation called ‘Panic Room’ by street artist Tilt. With half of its space blanketed in layers of graffiti and the other half left untouched in alarmingly sterile white, ‘Panic Room’ dazzled with its spatially disorienting décor, condensing two antithetical places into one. Curbed Philadelphia recently posted a video of the artistic process, showing Tilt and his crew during their slow and partial takeover of the at one time spotless installation site.
The artists immediately look out of place walking into the stark white setting while dressed in paint-crusted jeans and fitted caps. But as shown in the video, they quickly make themselves at home. They whip out spray canisters and methodically tag the riotous half of the room, creating incredible ‘halved’ pieces of furniture and carefully framed images in the process. The process is both freeform and calculated, beautifully weaving together the utmost precision with patented street art improvisation. The true satisfaction comes when the painter’s tape peels off, the bed sheet falls into place, the graffitied cactus is set on the table, and the perfect division between chaos and order is revealed.