Jisoe (Siren)


Jisoe is the guy you walk past on the street and hope he doesn’ ask you if you can spare some change. The slightly dodgy looking guy who you think is on the make, looking for some kind of scam. He’ definitely scruffy looking, does engage in the odd spot of shoplifting and is not above knocking back a couple of bongs which he repeatedly refers to as broages, though the reality is that he probably wants to be left alone. You see he’ got a young girlfriend who’ pregnant with his baby, but more importantly an unrelenting love of grafitti and even more importantly of bombing the train system. And he’ good too. I’ve seen some of his pieces on the Broadmeadows line; because that’s the other thing he’ local. I’ve actually been to the block of flats that he lived in in St Albans and this film sees him traveling around Melbourne looking for trains to bomb. It’s shot on video, sometimes quite rough, particularly when he’ spraying the trains. Though this only further sucks you into his world, the viewer right there feeling the tension and exhilaration. Though ultimately it’s a film about Jisoe the person, the personal sacrifices for his art and how he deals with the pressures that this passion brings. The series of interviews not only illuminate the local graffiti scene, but also his code and personal philosophies which underpin his character. This is a much less polished and far more enjoyable version of Kenny, as we are drawn into Jisoe’ world and feel compassion and respect with for someone who’ apparently anti social behaviour places himself at odds with mainstream society. He comes out with some interesting points, that graffiti isn’ prosecuted because it’s ugly or damaging, it’s because the artists unlike large corporations haven’ paid to use the space. They’ve just taken it, and this can’ be tolerated.

Just like Kenny we get Jisoe’ thoughts on junkies, police, and whatever else springs to mind, there’ also some pictures, the police interview and footage.

Bob Baker Fish


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Bob is the features editor of Cyclic Defrost. He is also evil. You should not trust the opinions of evil people.

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