Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) and the Jonathan Levine Gallery, who represents Invader in NYC, hosted the first public appearance of the anonymous Paris-based artist Invader, known for his street art of mosaic tiles inspired by characters from video gaming’s primitive 8-bit years of the late ’70s. On stage at the Colony Theatre, MIFF’s executive director Jaie Laplante introduced the world premiere of the artist’s documentary Art4Space to the invitation only audience. The film highlights Invader placing one of his tiled creations literally up in space earlier this year, using a high-tech weather balloon and a video camera.
Following the screening, the audience was treated to a Q&A with Invader, who was dressed in the same white jumpsuit he wears in the film to obscure his face and maintain his anonymity. He told the audience, since his first mosaic in Paris 15 years ago, his love for pasting up his invaders has never waned. “I could never stop. I’ve thought many, many times about stopping this project, but the world is so big, and I’m so addicted to my work now. I think I can never give it up.” He also said he has enteretained the idea of placing an invader on the moon, but it’s still a dream. Among those in attendance was filmmaker and street artist Mr. Brainwash. “The evening was flawless and working with Jonathan Levine Gallery and Invader himself was an absolute pleasure.” said MIFF’s brand manager Rachel Bleemer. She went on to say, “We (MIFF) wanted to connect with the community during Art Basel and this was the perfect opportunity,” view gallery