Shredding the Girl and Balloon - The Director’s half cut

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Luca Discacciati : Very good marketing idea. I am sorry banksy, but you are part of the game.

The Dark Power : At 00:16 the guy is holding the hot bit of the soldering iron....!

thecultguy : This crowd, these people seem so alien, it's unreal.

John Ta : God level trolling. Brilliant

Jacob Cacho : Director’s *_Cut_*

daniel nogueira : 0:45 “yeah so the artist put the frame on as well. We get that quite often with Banksy, you know. He quite likes the romanticism of, you know, having a very ornate, national gallery-esque frame” 0:55 HAHAHAHAHA

Grant's Gear : 1:05 "That's the fun of auctions, everyone's got a chance" Followed by a cut to the estimated price of £200,000 - £300,000.

James Blunt : 0:17 holding the hot end of a soldering iron? 🙄

Small Bore & Two Wheels : "The director's cut". What a perfect name

noisyturtle : 00:58 did anyone else see that alien creature extend its appendage and quickly snap up that bit of meat from the platter going by?

Matt Paruszkiewicz : i think its even cooler that its still halfway in the frame, i hope the new owner hangs it exactly how it is

P.O.S. : *your finger ok though? after burning it on the soldering iron*

Ysocrate : Pranksy 🤭

J. Romero : So this is whole thing was obviously a set up with Sotheby's knowledge: (i) when you pick the frame up, there must be a big slit in the bottom for the painting to come through, through which the cutting blades and shredding mechanism would be visible. No way you miss that when inspecting the frame. (ii) the painting was made in 2006 and given away and we are supposed to believe that after TWELVE YEARS it has a battery that has enough power to receive a radio signal AND actually shred the painting - no chance, unless someone (i.e Sotheyby's...) let him replace the battery from time to time. (iii) if the shredder was triggered by a standard radio remote control, surely in 12 years it would have picked up a stray radio signal that would have set it off? Unless he made a bespoke encrypted transmitter or something (which seems unlikely).So no way it would have lasted 12 years. (iv) the painting was hung on the wall at the auction - normally Sotheby's put paintings like this on a stand. Why treat this "ordinary" painting any differently? (v) the painting was sold at the end of the auction. Coincidence? Maybe...but slightly suspicious. Also the "making of" video is also fake, given that: (a) at 17 seconds in he is holding a soldering iron BY THE HOT END (b) this video was allegedly made in 2006 and filmed in 720p resolution....again not impossible, but cause for suspicion.

leokimvideo : The anti art industry leader has surrendered his position in one push of a button

Odiseo : That fake scene with the controller tho 2:04

EggOfReason : nice. Face reveal at 10 billion subscribers?

Joop : I just painted a boy with a kite, looks almost the same.. Anyone interested? I can cut it for you as well..

Randyy1 : Well this just confirms that Banksy is a collective, rather than just a single person.

The Defpom's Repair Channel : So fake, at 0:17 obviously never used a soldering iron in his life... love the artistic concept of the picture though... but don’t fake how you made it, if you are going to do behind the scenes, at least do ACTUAL footage.

jamielondres : This is a recent video. That is a JMT Lithium Motorcycle Battery, which was only released in 2014. The picture is supposed to have been created in 2006. Either this video has been created for 'demonstration purposes', or the original picture was swapped out with the one in this video. Discuss.

lukeschillin : Does highlight how ugly the character of the "art world" is. Smug, greasy, rich trash.

Bad Goy : Could've been a bomb.

momagraf : The "same audience" that appears in the video where Sid Vicious plays My Way

Shaun Hughes Hand Engraving : You persuaded me. I thought it was a bit fake at first.

RobbyJHope : There is no way that the auction house wasn't suspicious of the weight and thickness of the frame. Shredders of that size are VERY heavy, especially if you have to add a battery. Use to be my teenage year idol, now he's taking us all for a spin.

Harrysound : I also have a shredder that refuses to shred a complete piece of paper....bloody thing.

Ciccio Pasticcio : Cool, really impressive! Just a thing, that's not the correct way to use a Soldering Iron :p

Dan Bailey : Even though Banksy likes to make it look like he's trolling these people he's the one fuelling it. He's no different to Kanye West selling trainers for insane amounts of money but, as much as I dislike West, at least he's not pretending to hate greed. Banksy got the best part of a million pounds for a picture that can't have taken more than a few minutes to knock up, then he accuses companies that advertise on billboards of being intrusive. Doesn't he deface public and private property with images that nobody asked to see? The hypocrisy is strong here, Robert. Enjoy counting your millions...

Harm Hoeks : Reliable Engineering is hard! Be proud of your local engineer/craftsmen!

Nick Bernstein : Couldn’t think of a better way to troll the bourgeois. Well done.

Martin Andersen : Not sure what to make of this whole stunt, but I like it! In the end, it doesn't matter if Sotheby's was involved or if parts of the video was faked, or if it was meant to stop half way; as a stunt and a prank and as performance art, it worked remarkably well. People who call him a street artist miss the point that while he's used street art, and started out that way, he moved well beyond that years ago, even if he employs art on the street still and use the medium of stencil prints and spray paint at times. "Pure" graffiti artists may hate him for selling out, or just for being successful, but then he was never a graffiti artist. The whole Robbo thing was hilarious to watch. His mockumentary "exit through the gift shop" raises more questions than it answers, and is fascinating on multiple levels, seeming to prank the viewer, as it gets increasingly bizarre. These two clips are mere pieces to a puzzle he chooses to show us with what appears to be deliberate red herrings, perhaps to see who pays attention, such as the knife blades laid flat on the back as seen in the first video and briefly in this one which appear to have no function, and in this video holding the soldering iron wrong. He never claims to have built it himself, though clearly somebody did, so he could easily have filmed whoever did, as clearly a degree of engineering and workmanship has gone into building it. The new owner could easily open it up to see how it is put together, but that would devalue a now extremely expensive work of art, which is both a visual and performance piece now. To that end, stopping halfway worked in it's favour, and seems designed that way, even if this video claims it wasn't. It's become part of art history now, whatever it's intention. Of course, while it is said it was bought from Banksy in 2006, who is to say that itself is not a red herring and is a recent piece, the filming is professional and digital. As others have pointed out, it is unlikely a batterypack that size hooked into a wireless receiver could last 12 year on standby. Then again, the video claims it wasn't meant to stop halfway. It doesn't really matter, it all adds to the mystery, and people love mysteries and following clues and spotting red herrings. Great art makes you think and question, and this piece certainly did that, whatever the truth of it's creation is. I wouldn't be at all surprised if years from now a group of people came forth admitting that Banksy is not one person, but a composite character used by all of them as one giant performance piece, hence outwitting anyone trying to figure out who he is.

Alév Debord : Banksy is the only one that gives me hope into something, with his ideas, his art, his actions! Thanks for showing me that art is just another way to produce change, a change that we really need in this society; just thanks Banksy.

ᴴᵃᶰˢ ᴮˡᵃᵃᵘʷ : For some reason all i want to know is why the shredder stopped half way

Amazon62 : Yeah, and Sotheby's didn't know. Uhu..

rockguitar2012 : Ha, so that's what was meant to happen! I bet you were gutted it didn't work on the day. It still caused quite the reaction anyway though. Such a cool idea!

Dominic Rawle : He must have asbestos hands to hold a soldering iron like that. @0:16

Paco's Tacos : plot twist: banksy bought his own painting back at 860k thru someone else, shredded it immediately to prove a point about auctions, 4x his investment and gets a good laugh while increasing his fame... genius.

Adlin Ling : When something is rare, people will pay a lot of money for it. Unless it is a medical condition.

Agnello Figueiredo : Laughing all the way to the bank, see?

Serai3 : Brilliant. Instead of destroying the piece, it turned into a completely different work of art. I LOVE THIS.

Peter Anselmo : weeks later and i'm still laughing...

panccio : dont they run all this art through x-ray or something? seems unlikely that they dont take those precautions

Luca : Is this supposed to prove the auction house were not in on it? I don't think it does... I find it cool though.

Jam Entert : Trolling the art industry and now even the people watching this ;) At 00:09 it is clearly shown that belt driving the mechanism is not properly in place, the video even stops intentionally on that moment. At 00:17 the person holds the soldering bolt with his hands that would instantly burn you. Sotheby's scans and X-Rays every item before an auction to verify certain things. From 00:45to 00:59 it is explained with a big laugh what is going on ;). Props to Banksy for trolling. The cut to the button press on 02:02 is laughable. That was recorded while someone was relaxing on the couch at home and not during the auction. The reaction of the crowd, auction master was probably real... but really 2 persons are there to get the "art work" of the wall almost immediately? Please watch Exit through the Giftshop... a documentary from Banksy where he mocks the current art world and what certain people would pay when they paint it in the streets.

nmlss : This backfired pretty hard, huh? Not only the painting wasn't fully shredded, but it even doubled its price and now all the bourgeoisie want it and will pay and speculate even more. Good job, man. Good job.

voodoohumb : the sound in the workshop are fake. The soldering iron also 0:16 . and for what are this skapell knife??? i don't understand this construction. 0:18 and for what is this window in the back panal

EternallySecureInChrist : Modern art world is so pretentious. God's nature is the greatest art, there was a time when man realised this truth , and matched trying to paint as close to reality as possible doing realism because it's so hard, because there is no greater artist than God, and now, men just aim for simplicity, throw colours on a canvas or shred stencils and it's considered "great art" because it was an "experience" or "event". If that's how simple it is to pass for art, anything crap can be art. I wouldn't have to say anything if the levels of what's considered quality and great wasn't so poor, and what's considered mediocre and worthless often looks amazing and far better. It's an insult to all those who have real skill in being able to provide amazing realism oil paintings for example, which are considered worthless. I own quite a few oil paintings that hold little value, but they look better than nearly all the modern art garbage I see these days going for hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions at auction houses. It's an embarrasment to reality when you look at what's selling in these auction houses and considered art half the time. Modern art is the equivalent to an orchestra, where every person plays the instruments out of tune and off beat and tries to convince you they are expressing themselves individually to create a "unique piece of art" and "fusion of sound", no structure, just a mish mash of sound.

Sébastien Kauffmann : yeah right that Sotheby's wasn't aware of the prank. The frame is about a foot deep. And the frame must have weighed a ton compared to a frame holding a sheet of paper .. And at the amount of art they carry per day, they for sure knew something was fishy with this frame ...Nice Prank Sotheby's

killercaos123 : How did the battery last that long just waiting there?