Invasion Kit Invader
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Why are Invasion Kits so important?
Small and portable in size, Invader’s Invasion Kits afford the avid Street Art collector the possibility of owning one of the iconic Space Invader mosaics, which have taken over the globe ever since their first release in 1998. Owing their names to Invader’s literal worldwide Invasion project, operated through the glueing of pixel-like mosaic tiles over public settings, these Invasions Kits are a rare find cable of amusing both avid Invader enthusiasts, video game lovers and children alike.
Invasion Kits are but another one of Invader’s attempts to make his art available and accessible to the public, similarly to the various prints he released in the same vein like Aladdin Sane or Hello My Game is… Whilst much of Invader’s art is already available to the greater public in the form of his Space Invader project, through which the artist incessantly ‘invades’ different cities by tagging them with his distinctive mosaic signature, the Invasion Kits have been personally designed by the artist with a twofold purpose. On the one hand, the Invasion Kits allow Invader’s collectors to lay their hands on a real-life signature piece of the artist. The purchase was originally done through SpaceShop, an online platform where the artist disseminates his projects and, at rare but fortunate times, allows viewers to shop limited and signed editions of his pieces. This allows him to further finance his world invasions, therefore contributing to the dissemination of what has now become a global real-life gaming and artistic phenomenon.
On the other hand, the sale of Invasion Kits is linked to a more urgent necessity, that of dissuading people from stealing Invader’s artworks from the public settings they are placed in.
In a recent interview, Invader confessed that as his commercial and institutional fame increases, so do the number of thefts of people trying to resell them on the secondary market. As he reports, a large number of his mosaic tiles, which he glues to public walls by using cement, have therefore been damaged or removed, leaving his public street artworks in a deteriorated state. This type of activity ruins the integrity of the artwork, which is assembled through a very specific glue that prevents the work from being shattered apart, and entails that it cannot be removed without being seriously damaged. In turn, this forces burglars to buy additional ceramics to repair or recreate the work, only to then sell these partially-damaged replicas.
Additionally, the theft of public Space Invaders de-natures the art historical and even political value of Invader’s project, envisioned as a site-specific installation that demands vast public consumption and contemplation. In response to these burglaries, Invader decided to place a very limited amount of his Invasion Kits on sale himself, stating that in doing so he hoped that “soon enough nobody will be tempted to buy or steal pieces in the streets and therefore that this nonsense and painful destruction will stop.”
In this sense, the Invasion Kits can be envisioned as Invader’s generous gift to his most interested collectors, but also a means to preserve the integrity of his public projects and, equally and importantly, finance them.
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