• Digital Calligraffiti strikes again as a networked live scenario between Beirut and Berlin! Public Art Lab and From Here To Fame Publishing are transforming the facade screen of Collegium Hungaricum Berlin into a digital canvas which is networked with a projection wall in Beirut.  The artists in both cities start a trans-local dialogue, sending calligraffiti messages back and forth via a networked live performance to celebrate the opening of the new Goethe Institute of Beirut,  In Beirut the artists present on a large scale projection supported by the Ministry of Tourism.Artists in Beirut: Schriftzug, Hayat Chabban, Niels Shoe MeulmanMOE calligraffitiHamza Abu Ayyash // Artists in Berlin: Kadir Amigo Memis  facilitated by the interactive light table Infl3ctor developed by media artists Michael Ang aka Mang & Hamza Abu Ayyash  in Beirut– run by VJ Zoey Vero in Berlin.

    In Beirut Digital Calligraffiti is part of the White Wall 2017 Festival curated by Don Karl (FHTF Publishing house) and Goethe Institute Beirut. Famous artists like el Seed and Case are invited to paint their calligraffitis on buildings in large-scale size.

    DATE: 28. September 2017 || 20:00 – 22:00
    Berlin Venue: Balassi Institut – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (Dorotheenstraße 12 | 10117 Berlin)

    Beirut Venue: Goethe Institute – Beirut (Nahr Ibrahim Street, Facing Sacré-Coeur School back entrance، Gemmayzeh، Beirut, Lebanon)

    A project initiated by: Susa Pop | Public Art Lab
    Curated by: Don Stone | From Here To Fame Publishing House and Susa Pop
    With the contributions of: Hamza Abu Ayyash
    In the framework of Future DiverCities European project.




    Bis 4. August 2018 ist ein riesiger Schriftzug: #FREIHEITBERLIN vor dem Eingang des Berliner Hauptbahnhofs auf dem Washingtonplatz zu sehen – entworfen von dem renommierten Graft Architekturbüro und gestaltet von internationalen sowie Berliner Kreativen.

    Gemeinsam mit den Machern von „The Haus“, dem Verein Berlin Art Bang haben wir Street Artists, Designer, Illustratoren und KünstlerInnen aus der ganzen Welt sowie kreative BerlinerInnen und Berliner aufgerufen, ihren freiheitlichen Designvorschlag zur Gestaltung eines Buchstabens einzureichen.

    Marcus HaasZofia Hanna BoguckaTürkhan Emrah Tümer, Ana Torralba Loyo und Ekaterina Koroleva sind Teil des internationalen Kunstprojekts #FREIHEITBERLIN neben renommierten Streetartists wie Die DIXONSKLEBEBANDEAKTE ONE & CREN, CASE MACLAIMEL BOCHONOTES OF BERLINGOGOPLATA, AMIGO und DANIELA UHLIG & STEREOHEAT.

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    TAG: name writing in public space
     A conference about tagging, in  history and today

    14 & 15 September 2017
    Freie Universität Berlin, GSNAS/JFKI
    Lansstrasse 7-9, Berlin

    Written signatures, or tags, are the central element of graffiti culture, and the most widely practiced form of public art. Yet tagging has rarely been the subject of serious examination. The Tag Conference is a first attempt to conceptually frame contemporary tagging, and to study it alongside its abundant but largely ignored historical antecedents.

    The Tag Conference provides space for the discussion of a wide range of underexplored topics, such as the study of tagging as a form of calligraphy, tagging’s role as a device for understanding the environment, the history and folklore of past and present tagging cultures, and the relation of tagging with other forms of art in public space




    MOVEMENT OF LETTERS by Kadir [ Amigo ] Memis





  • WE BROKE NIGHT Junw 9.2017

    Performance @Urban Nation Berlin





  • What happens when you lock over 160 artists in an old bank on Kurfürstendamm?  These 165 badass artists have turned the entire building into an gigantic and extraordinary experience, filled with art concepts stemming from an incredible amount of disciplines. Just leave life for what it is, put your phone into a bag, and immerse yourself in experiencing THE HAUS with all your senses. Feel the atmosphere and allow the images to be burnt on your memory.

    THE HAUS was created to be destroyed – so make sure to seize the moment while you still can. THE HAUS bangs. THE HAUS is absurd. THE HAUS will be legendary. We have created a temporary gallery in Berlin that will show you the transience of art by contrasting high-quality art concepts with irretrievable decay. Temporary literally means that it will go past and it will not come back.


    Fotos by : Nika Kramer





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    Carlos Mare | Physical Graffiti

    Carlos Mare, best known as the subway graffiti writer Mare139 (short for ‘Nightmare’), is not just a conventional graffiti artist. His roots lie deep in the foundations of the New York City graffiti scene. Appointed Cultural Ambassador by the US State Department, Mare knows how to flex all of his artistic muscles. An innovative sculptor, designer, media artist and NYU scholar in residence, he reinterprets his knowledge and skills to inspire, create and educate. After Mare used his graffiti lettering styles and adapted them to metal sculpture, he was asked to design and create the award for the annual BET/Black Enterntainment Awards, and collaborated with Via Spiga to design the packaging of their shoeboxes.

    Back in June 2012, AVGDE visited Carlos Mare’s first Germany debut solo show – dubbed “Physical Graffiti” – at Skalitzer Gallery in Berlin (check out the video interview at the end of this article). After Skalitzers’ Kelly Reiffer bought one of Mare’s B-Boy works at Martha Cooper’s ‘Remix’ last year in Los Angeles, she got into contact with Stormie Mills, who is a fellow ‘Agent of Change‘ along with Mare and Jaybo Monk. Other than absolutely being in love with his work, Skalitzers found it important to show Mare’s work, as he was part of the New York graffiti movement during the 1970s-80s golden era and still continues to be part of the New York scene. Doing things a bit differently than most galleries, Skalitzer’s gives their exhibiting artists the chance to be reactive towards their time in Berlin  in order to get the best results for the final show, which is why they don’t plan too much of the show in advance.

    But what is Physical Graffiti? If you put B-Boy dance, cubism, futurism, hip hop culture and graffiti in a blender! Mare’s works seem at first simple. Simplicity created with just a few lines on paper. But if the eyes follow the lines, the lines begin to move. Suddenly the simple lines take on shape and bodily movements, such as folding arms, moving forward and crossing the legs become evident.

    AVGDE got the chance to observe Mare and Flying Steps founder Amigo experiment on a new study. Amigo’s animated moves seemed to have caught Mare off guard. You could see and feel the intensity of Mare exploring the moves and finding a way to translate them onto paper. He was tossing one drawing after another to the side, and asked Amigo to hold a freeze. It seemed to be an emotional process for him. Amigo’s dance moves were new and open. He has been experimenting with fusing hip hop element with traditional turkish dance. For Mare, it was very different drawing him, as he was noticing how his hands, eyes and lines moved differently. Knowing all the B-Boying moves by heart, his trained eye had a difficult time at first to calculate how Amigo’s dance moves would end.

    After pausing their session, both looked at the drawings together and then work on the right pose and finding the right intention of the body. Seeing Amigo and Mare pour over the sketches, discussing the breaks, the lines and the structure was like witnessing two scientists who just invented a new formula. In the end, both understood each other’s intentions. Finally, when Amigo held a freeze, Mare was able to “capture the geometry” and the intention in his dance, and Amigo took Mares input and interpreted it into his dancing.


    Note: Special thanks to filmmaker Marco Woldt and Skalitzers Contemporary Art!
    All photos by ©Zaza Weissgerber 

    -----> Read the whole Interview of Mare.


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    Combines Dance, Music and Writing.

    The project was born in Tokyo, where well-known dancer Amigo  and Ritsche & Zast were taking part of an Berlin Street Art exhibition at the Tokyo Wondersite Gallery. DESTAN is the Turkish word for "epos". Each of the artists is telling a story with his own artform. At the same time, one story is told together. Since Amigo is of Turkish origin, it's also about oriental roots, oriental music and art combined with Berlin urban styles.  In the future several videos are going to be released also featuring drummer Christian Marien, who recently has been added to the project.

    Ritsche Zast & Marien : http://ritschezast.com/




    im Pergamonmuseum Berlin

    ... Am Freitagabend hatte man einen besonderen Veranstaltungsort gewählt. Die 1250 Jahre alte Wüstenschlossfassade im Mschatta-Saal des Pergamonmuseums bietet eine imposante Kulisse für die genreübergreifende Performance „Seyahat – Eine Reise“. Sieben Künstler präsentieren ein Programm, das orientalische Klänge mit modernem Tanz und performativem Zeichnen verbindet. Trompeter Ritsche Koch und Drummer Christian Marien liefern minimalistische jazzige Improvisationen, zu denen der großartige Kadir Memis tanzt und dabei traditionelle Tänze wie den türkischen Zeybek mit Einflüssen aus Hip-Hop und Breakdance verbindet. Mithilfe eines Tagtools – einem eigens modellierten Projektor – werfen Thomas Bratzke und Markus Dorninger Zeichnungen mit wechselnden Mustern und Farben an die Wände. Gemeinsam spielen sich die jungen Künstler in eine minutenlange Trance, der auch der Zuschauer verfällt. Immer wieder steigert sich die Performance von meditativ langsamen Passagen bis in orgiastische Intermezzi. Schließlich trägt Nevzat Akpinar seine klassischen türkischen Kompositionen auf der Baglama vor. Erfrischender können Kunst- und Kulturtraditionen nicht fusionieren.

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    Incredible Work of a known french Street Artist and Fotographer !

     Thank you for this JR! It's a pleasure to tell you, that JR paste my Fathers Hand

    ( A West coast sign in the East Berlin ) and get my Father

    to be a part of Berlin's History.

    Where to find: Invalidenstrasse 112

                                                                             jr_vaters-hand                                                                         Foto Credit: JR

    On the Beat -  Report:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHkv2_L_nrY

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    Backjumps - The Live Issue 23. August bis 5. Oktober 2003

    Urbane Kommunikation und Ästhetik - Ausstellung, Veranstaltungen und Außenraum Ein Projekt des Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. Gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes

    2005 - Backjump Streetart Exibitions in Tokio

    The documentary "TOKYO" gives interesting insights of artists exploring a mighty foreign city - Tokyo, Japan. From the perspective of different artists you get insights from urban art, breakdance, beatboxing and some other crazy stuff far beyond. "TOKYO" comes with a story that merges Japanese culture with a dip of Berlin flavor. An adventure of its own...

    Featuring: Akim, Drama, Flying Steps, Miss Riel, Nomad, Ritsche, Tagnoe, Tofa, Zasd

    I finished this streetart documentary in 2007. The material was filmed in 2006 during an intercultural exchange program between Backjumps - Berlin and the art institution Tokyo Wondersite in collaboration with the Goethe Institute Japan. We had a great time over there and I hope you like it!




    2012 Backjumps – The Live Issue prägte 2003 direkt mit der ersten Ausgabe den internationalen Ruf Kreuzbergs als kreatives Zentrum mit. Als eine der ersten in Kontinental-Europa zeigte die Ausstellung Positionen von heute tonangebenden Künstlern wie, Banksy, Shepard Fairey und Swoon im öffentlichen Raum und inspirierte dabei eine Generation von Straßenkünstlern.