«De cero» by ROGER SEMAT

ROGER SEMAT Interview about his project «De Cero» – 3-05-2021

Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Umbral

Location: Riudoms (Tarragona, Spain)

Year : 2021

1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?

I would choose this work that I did in Riudoms. It is a space that is hidden and you have to enter through a very narrow street. And it is the meeting place for young teenagers. Being a little away from the center of town this space was neglected and dirty. This wall was in very bad condition and with thousands of signatures and amateur doodles. Analyzing the site I used a chromatic range as similar as possible, so that it is integrated into the visual.

Roger Semat – «De Cero» – @rogersemat – https://www.instagram.com/rogersemat/

2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?

Well, it was because of the municipal confinement, due to the restrictions I wanted to paint in the street, and I had to search for spaces in the town. And this space was quiet and beautiful. This space as I said before is in neglect and there is no surveillance, then I used this vertex to work comfortably. But in principle it is illegal.

3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?

It was a somewhat uncomfortable time because of the restrictions, not being able to meet with family and friends. I wanted to represent a look of optimism in the face of that situation, representing a person who looks up, looking for the light.

4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?

Well, it has been very well received by the neighbors of the town. So much so that people have come from other towns to see the work live. The day of the execution of the work, I had as companions 3 children who were curious about this technique, and once I finished I taught them a little spray painting.

5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?

If I make a personal work, I prefer not to have anyone involved, and sometimes I like to be alone. But I also love from time to time to collaborate with neighbors or artists in a joint work, and have a great day.

Roger Semat – «De Cero» – @rogersemat – https://www.instagram.com/rogersemat/

6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?

I consider street art any stain that alters a flat color support. I can’t say if my work is aesthetically correct or not. Although I always find things to improve, I am happy with the result of the works I do.

7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?

Any work I do in the street is ephemeral. I love the romanticism that a decaying work provokes. I don’t want my works to be in museums since my work has been thought and executed to be in the street.

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

On a personal level it means something profound, as I am connecting with space and nature. This site for example is very intimate, and that is a factor that the viewer likes.

9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?

Luckily I did not find any.

10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

It is important because besides bringing a fresh and modern air to the city, it is a reading of a message that provokes the artist, which can change the mood of the viewer. I have several projects related to graffiti and street art, also tattoo and textile. I don’t usually stagnate in one technique, I like to combine projects.

Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.


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