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Olympus OM-D Photography Playground Berlin 2014

3Destruct by ANTIVJ at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

The Olympus OM-D Photography Playground has made a welcome return to the Opernwerkstätten in Berlin.

Now in its second year the Photography Playground consists of a series of 9 installations from international artists that are intended to be both visually striking and interactive.

Epiphyte Membrane by Philip Beesley at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

Transforma installation at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

AlexandLiane installation at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

My favourite installations were those that I thought encouraged the highest level of involvement from the visitors.

My first encounter with the work of Argentine artist Leandro Erlich was a write-up in the Evening Standard on his work in Dalston commissioned by the Barbican.

His work, Berlin Façade, is ideally suited to the Photography Playground and visitors were thrilled with the chance to seemingly defy gravity.

Close Up of Berlin Facade by Leandro Erlich at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

Photo taken with Olympus EM-10

Berlin Facade by Leandro Erlich at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

Photo taken with Olympus EM-10

The most fascinating work for me though was 3Destruct by ANTIVJ, an art collective comprised of Yannick Jacquet, Jeremie Peeters and Thomas Vaquié.

The installation uses strobe lighting to create an environment that is constantly changing.

3Destruct by ANTIVJ at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

A visitor poses in 3Destruct by ANTIVJ at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

Bright Light of 3Destruct by ANTIVJ at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

Surreal in 3Destruct by ANTIVJ at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

Integral to the Photography Playground concept is the availability of cameras from the Olympus OM-D range for visitors to record their experiences.  The cameras have been moved to the ground floor in front of the entrance making this option much more obvious to the casual visitor.

The cameras are loaned out free of charge but those visitors who do not carry a National Identity card will need to hand over their Passport.  The memory card is yours to take away when you hand the camera back.

Last year, I didn’t have the proper identification so I missed out on the opportunity to try out a camera so this year I was determined to give it a go.

Along with details of the artists and a short explanation of the work there are suggested settings for the Olympus camera in front of each of the installations.

I got to walk around with an EM-10 and was impressed with the camera and the photos I was able to produce in the short time I had it.

Olympus OM-D EM-10

Olympus OM-D EM-10

Love for Transforma at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

Photo taken with Olympus EM-10

Installation at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

Photo taken with Olympus EM-10

AlexandLiane at Olympus Photography Playground Berlin

Photo taken with Olympus EM-10

I would be keen to try out the camera again and would particularly like to explore its WIFI capability, as this could be a great everyday camera for Intstagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

The Olympus OM-D Photography Playground Berlin is open daily 11:00 to 19:00 and entrance is free.  You can find more details at the Photography Playground website.

Olympus OM-D Photography Playground at the Opernwerkstätten Berlin

Jeongmoon Choi – Drawing in Space at the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

An interactive exhibition is ideally suited to Berlin, a city overflowing with creative people, and that is what Olympus has created with the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground, which opened at the Opernwerkstätten last night.

The Opernwerkstätten, built between 1939 and 1941 with some involvement from Albert Speer, used to house the workshops of Berlin’s many opera companies.  It was here that the sets were built and costumes made.  Visiting during the installation of the new exhibition gave me the opportunity to appreciate the space.

The ceiling at the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

A hook at the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

Außer Betrieb - Fire Alarm at the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

Olympus turned over 7,000 m² of the building to a group of artists to create site-specific installations on the theme ‘Space and Art’.   Between them, Jeongmoon Choi, Martin Butler, Shan Blume, Starstyling, Numen / For Use, Julian Charrière, UnitedVisualArtists, Tim John and Sven Meyer & Kim Pörksen, Speech and Zimoun have created a stimulating playground for the senses.

Visitors are invited to explore the space and document their experiences with the Olympus OM-D camera which can be rented free of charge.  The memory card is removed from the camera when it is returned and can be taken home.

The Olympus OM-D system camera

Photo courtesy of Olympus

Warning: You will need ‘proper’ identification (for those without a National Identity Card, a passport) to borrow one of the cameras.

Unfortunately, my UK Drivers Licence wasn’t acceptable so I can’t tell you any more about the Olympus OM-D, except that it looks good.

It was clear that those people who did get their hands on the camera were enjoying the experience though – everywhere you went people were snapping away.

Visitors taking photos of the installation by Zimoun – Prepared dc-motors, cork balls, cardboard boxes at the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

Visitors having fun with the installation by fashion designing duo Starstyling – Settings at the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

A visitor taking photographs in the installation by SPEECH (Tchoban & Kuznetsov) – towninbox at the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

And why wouldn’t they?  The installations have been cleverly conceived and constructed to play with light, sound and perception and make ideal subjects or backgrounds for photographs.

A visitor taking photographs in Shan Blume's OT_L_Space_01 at the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

 

United Visual Artists – Vanishing point at the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

Amongst my favourite installations was Drawing Space by Korean artist Jeongmoon Choi.  The simple but effective use of UV light and string created a myriad of geometric patterns that were visually striking and different from every angle.

Visitors interacting with the installation by Jeongmoon Choi - Drawing in Space at the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

Another outstanding contribution was Tim John’s ‘Was war gestern’ (What was yesterday).  I spoke to the artist while he was creating the artwork and it was important for him to create an experience with his installation.  Echoing the building’s past he has created a stage and set, complete with audience in their boxes.  A number of ‘pointing fingers’ direct visitors to the interactive elements.  The crank of an old gramophone, for instance, must be turned to start the show.

Tim John – Was war gestern (What was yesterday) at the Olympus OM-D Photography Playground the Opernwerstätten in Berlin

A fun, interactive, sensory experience this is what all exhibitions should be.  The Olympus OM-D Photography Playground has returned in 2014 and is open daily 11:00 to 19:00 at the Opernwerkstätten, Zinnowitzer Strasse 9, Berlin until 25 May 2014 – entry is free.

Berlinische Galerie: The Shuttered Society. Art Photography in the GDR 1949-1989 (Video)

Berlinische Galerie - The Shuttered Society. Art Photography in the GDR 1949-1989 (screen shot from the official YouTube Video)

The Berlinische Galerie, Berlin’s Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture, has posted the video Berlinische Galerie: The Shuttered Society. Art Photography in the GDR 1949-1989 on its YouTube channel.

As stated in the ‘About’ section of the video on YouTube:

The Berlinische Galerie is to stage the world’s first comprehensive exhibition of art photography in the GDR. Twenty years after the Wall, “The Shuttered Society” identifies traditions and trends while illustrating shifts in visual idiom and theme.

I think it’s great that this video has been posted because it acts an advert, a companion to the exhibition and an opportunity for those unable to visit Berlin or the gallery to see some interesting and important photographs.

The exhibition runs until 28 January 2013.  Admission is €8.  For further details see the Berlinische Galerie website.

Tip: Whilst no longer an option for this particular exhibition, admission to the Berlinische Galerie is half price on the first Monday of each month.

Berlinische Galerie: The Shuttered Society. Art Photography in the GDR 1949-1989

Stattmarkt Berlin – An Alternative Christmas Market

Spray Cans from I'm Colors You Inkdians! - Art by Mein Lieber Prost at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Berlin has a plethora of Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte) but one market this month offers an alternative to the usual glut of Glühwein stands, Crépes sellers and Christmas gift stalls – so if you’ve had a kitsch overload head to Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding.

The Stattbad is a former public baths (Stadtbad) and the Stattmarkt makes clever use of the building’s past – the tiled walls lend themselves to making the most of colourful artwork and there is a light installation by Markus May and Moritz Arnold in the deep end of the pool.

Art by Doppledenk and Light Installation by Matkus May & Moritz Arnold at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Climbing the stairs from the ground floor to the first floor, with its balcony overlooking the pool, there is a particularly striking piece – I’m Colors, You Inkdians! by Mein Lieber Prost.

I'm Colors You Inkdians! - Art by Mein Lieber Prost at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Works by $askia (Saskia Hahn) and Emess also caught my eye.

All Seeing Monkey - Art by $askia at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Art by Emess at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Still on the first floor, in what appears to be the former changing rooms, was a space curated by Open Walls Itinerant Gallery, who also exhibited at Stroke Urban Art Fair in the summer.

The gallery represents an impressive roster of artists including: Prost, YZ, BR1, Vermibus and ALIAS.

nsd 057 - Art by BR1 at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

nsd 049, nsd 052, nsd 053 - Art by BR1 at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Painful Past and Bitter Swig - Art by Vermibus at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Lost By The Sea - Art by ALIAS at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Descending the stairs, I couldn’t resist stopping to take a snap of a hairdryer, a remnant of the building’s past life.

A hairdryer at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

It was back on the ground floor that I found my favourite part of the exhibition.  Entering what seemed to be the bowels of the building, with uneven floors and exposed pipework, I encountered artworks and installations perfectly matched to their surroundings.

Postmodernist Deconstructionism - Art by Anton Unai at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Art by Unknown Artist at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Sitting - Art by ALIAS at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

And in my final room, I discovered my star of the show – KEN (aka Plotterroboter).  His installation, Behind The Mask, and accompanying paintings were all cleverly executed and artfully lit.

Crouch - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Behind The Mask - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Emergency - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

If I’ve failed to convince you to visit, check out this trailer by Markus Küpper, which ALIAS posted on his Facebook page and led to my visit:

So, this December in Berlin, make the most of the traditional Christmas Markets on offer but take some time to seek out the unusual at the Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding.

Location, Opening Times and Prices

Stattbad Wedding (Gerichtstrasse 65) – nearest station: S + U Wedding.

Fri 7 to Sun 9 December and Thu 13 to Sun 16 December: 1200 – 1900.

€5 (€3 concessions).

Robert Montgomery – Echoes of Voices in the High Towers Part 2

Echoes of Voices in the High Towers - Robert Montgomery at the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Robert Montgomery’s billboard installations for his Echoes of Voices in the High Towers exhibition have to be one of the more unique Street Art styles that I have seen in my time in Berlin.

Ironically, Robert Montgomery is British but it wasn’t until I came to Berlin that I got to see any of his work.

I first saw his billboards and light installations in Berlin in the summer and then read about a show at Stattbad Wedding and more billboards in the pipeline on the Neue Berliner Räume website.

I went to Stattbad Wedding a couple of weeks ago to see the show there.  Here are a few of the pieces.

One Of Those Dreams - Robert Montgomery Sign at the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

it's You With Your Hands Upside Down - Robert Montgomery at the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

All Palaces Are Temporary Palaces - Robert Montgomery light installation at the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see all 20 billboards that accompanied the show but here are the ones I did see.  There were 4 on Yorckstrasse, which I saw on the way to Viktoriapark with Luci of In a Berlin Minute, who was shooting a video there.

It's You With Your Hands Upside Down - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Yorckstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

A Smile Folded Inside - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Yorckstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

All The Houses I've Lived In - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Yorckstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

All The Songs I Sent You - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Yorckstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

Another 3 on Görlitzer Strasse, which runs alongside Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg.

Digital>> The Way You Actually See Things - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Görlitzer Strasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

Looking Back - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Görlitzer Strasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

he City Has A Brown Sky - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Görlitzer Strasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

And finally, 1 on Kreuzbergstrasse.

Here Comes What You Get For Your Easy Friendships - Robert Montgomery Billboard on Kreuzbergstrasse as part of Echoes of Voices in the High Towers in Berlin

Whilst I enjoyed the Echoes of Voices in the High Towers show at Stattbad Wedding, for me, Robert Montgomery’s work is at its best out on the streets.  My personal highlight was seeing the light installations at Tempelhofer Park at dusk.

re:MMX – Art Exhibition in Berlin

SAM crew & JBAK at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

A couple of weeks ago I had a very art-oriented Sunday.  After checking out the Stroke Urban Art Fair I went on to have a look at re:MMX.

The original MMX exhibition took place in Berlin in 2010 in the anonymous looking house at Linienstrasse 142 that it has returned to in 2012.  The building may in fact be most recognisable to Berliners for the large-scale tape sculptures of animals by Tobias Sternberg that have inhabited the garden since that first exhibition.

There are also some walls painted in 2010 that are still in tact.

JBAK at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

The land on which the building stands has been bought by a developer who will be renovating the old house and building a new residence in the current garden.

The inner Hof of the building was recently used by Street Artists trying out new motifs in a project called the Cave and it was when the developers saw this art that the idea for re:MMX was born.

SAM crew at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

JBAK at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

KES at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

In addition, a number of pieces have been painted in the house specifically for the 2012 exhibition and there are video and light installations as well.

James Bullough at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

Anonymous at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

JBAK at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

Nineta & LEGO at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

Ulu Braun at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

MADGAY at the re:MMX exhibition at Linienstrasse 142 in Berlin

Containers have also been set up in the front garden to house a different video installation each week.

Originally launched with a two day exhibition on 15 and 16 September re:MMX has been extended to run until 12 October.  The video instillation is open daily from 17 – 22h and the exhibition inside the house is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 14 – 20h.  My advice – catch it while you can.

The asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall)

A group of people climb a platform to look over the wall in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

A new panorama by Yadegar Asisi opened in Berlin on Sunday 23 September and having recently seen his panorama at the Pergamon Museum with friends I was determined to go as soon as possible.

The new Asisi Panorama, Die Mauer (The Wall) on Zimmerstrasse near Checkpoint Charlie, depicts a fictitious autumn day as seen from the scaffolding of a building undergoing renovation on Sebastianstrasse – the soundtrack to the visit, the clanging and banging of the building work.

A Plattenbau and scaffold in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

The street scenes and now rarely seen crumbling facades of some of the buildings point at some of the changes in the area since the 1980s.

A street scene in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Travellers & Punks in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

The crumbling facade of a building in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

At first it is the layout of the streets and the position of the wall you notice but with time you begin to see the details of the life being played out in front of you.

A street scene in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

People walk down the street in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

And it is the normality of life in the shadow of the wall that is one of the main themes here – for me summed up by the two small children throwing a ball against The Wall.

Children play a ball game up against the Wall in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

There are people carrying out mundane tasks like shopping, moving house or fixing the car.

Two Berliners fix their car in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

There are tourists stopping to read the ‘You are leaving the American Sector’ sign or take a ‘holiday snap’.

Tourists take a photograph at the Wall in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

And there are also touches of humour, such as the young man being sick outside the Eckkneipe and the pensioner turned Street Artist painting a mural on the wall.

A drinker is sick on the street in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

An unlikely Street Artist in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

And always no matter where you go, there are the border guards watching you.

A watchtower and the Wall in the Asisi Panorama: Die Mauer (The Wall) and exhibit near Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

On the day I visited, the heavens opened whilst I was inside and a number of concerned workers came to survey the water dripping from the roof and the large puddles forming on the concrete floor.  I assume that these issues will be quickly rectified and only hope that no damage was caused to the panorama.

Thanks to @I_love_Berlin I am able to tell you that the exhibition is due to run for at least 1 year with the option to extend – as at December 2014 it is still open and there is no planned closure date on the website.

The standard admission price is €10 to Asisi’s Panorama, Die Mauer (The Wall) and the exhibit is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily, giving visitors a unique perspective on the Berlin Wall.

Berlin: City of Diversity – A 1:775 Scale Map on the Schlossplatz

The map on the Schlossplatz as seen from the Fernsehturm, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

As soon as I heard that a large-scale map of Berlin was being created on the Schlossplatz, entitled City of Diversity (Stadt der Vielfalt), as part of the city’s 775th anniversary celebrations I was fascinated to see how it would turn out.

Over the course of the next 9 days I went to the Schlossplatz 3 times to see how the group of artists were progressing with their work.

The map on the Schlossplatz in progress, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

An artist at work on the map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

An artist at work on the map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

Unfortunately, I was out of the country when the finished map was opened to the public but was keen to visit when I got back to Berlin.

The map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

The map has been created on a 1:775 scale on the ground opposite the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) where work will begin on the Humboldt Forum in 2013.

The 1:775 Scale on the map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

An area measuring 50 metres by 50 metres was set aside for the map that was created using 274 stencils, each measuring 3.5m by 1.5m.

The purpose of the map is to celebrate the contribution of Berlin’s immigrant population to the development of the city from the first settlers, through the Huguenots to the current influx of creatives and internet entrepreneurs.  An important gesture at a time when newspaper reports sensationalise anti-tourist and anti-immigrant feeling amongst a minority of Berliners.

The Fernsehturm and a pin on the map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

A Berlin story on one of the pins on the map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

A visitor walks through the pins on the map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

A series of poles embedded in the map pin-point some of the contributions immigrants have made.  For instance, Daniel Josty who came to Berlin from Switzerland in 1818 and established a brewery near Prenzlauer Tor in 1820.  It was Josty who created the Berliner Weisse, a mix of beer and woodruff or raspberry syrup that is a Berlin speciality drink.

Naturally, one of the first things I did when I finally got to stand on the completed map was to find my own little bit of Berlin.  A few of the main streets are named so working out where you live shouldn’t be too difficult.

Where I live on the map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

It wasn’t until my final visit that I noticed a display of postcards on the wall as I faced the Berliner Dom with people’s Berlin memories written on them.  Naturally, a lot of the cards were written in German but a couple of the English musings caught my eye.

The City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

A Berlin story pinned to the wall near the map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

A Berlin story pinned to the wall near the map on the Schlossplatz, the City of Diversity Exhibit part of Berlin's 775th Anniversary celebrations

The map is open until the culmination of the city’s 775th Anniversary celebrations on 28 October 2012.

If you’d like to know more about the City of Diversity Map on the Schlossplatz, check out Chiara’s post on the Roomsurfer blog – 775 und Sexy.  And for more examples of the stories pinned to the map, have a look at the Berlin.de website.

Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

Fin Dac - Killer Instinct painting in progress at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

When I saw the posters advertising the Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 around town I knew straight away that I would enjoy it.  After all, Berlin’s thriving Street Art scene is the reason I was drawn to the city in the first place.

Running over 4 days at the Postbahnhof in Berlin, Stroke attracted a host of artistic talent and galleries.

In the outside area immediately beyond the gates there were live painting sessions, which is where I saw Fin DAC painting Killer Instict, which is the cover photo on this post.

Spray Can and Artwork by Unknown Artist at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

Entering the ground floor of the exhibition, Fin DAC’s stand was the first I saw with a selection of first-class canvasses and murals.  This London-based Irishman was undoubtedly one of the stars of the show.

Fin Dac - Canine-Feline at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

One of my favourite new discoveries at Stroke was French artist Marchal Mithouard, who displays under the name Shaka.  His 3D artworks seemed to have a gravitational pull of their own.

A 3D artwork by Shaka aka Marchal Mithouard at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

A visitors takes a photo of the 3D artwork by Shaka aka Marchal Mithouard at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

A 3D artwork by Shaka aka Marchal Mithouard at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

The other new artists that really drew my eye were Sokar Uno, Dan23 and Belin.

Sokar Uno at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

An appreciative visitor takes a picture of Dan 23 - Music Is The Key at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

This is just a small part of a work entitled Super Heroes in Crisis by Spanish artist, Belin.

Belin - Super Heroes in Crisis at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

The upper floor of the fair was noticeably more commercial than the ground floor with established galleries like Open Walls represented.

Open Walls represents the ever-popular and in my mind supremely talented ALIAS.

A visitor checks out the work by ALIAS at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

Another great artist on the gallery’s roster is Vermibus, who came to my attention when I saw this fantastic film, showing the artist at work.  His ad-busting artworks are created by rubbing solvents into advertising posters removed from city streets, only to be replaced in their new form.

Vermibus at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

Amongst the successes of Stroke Urban Art Fair for me was the eclectic mix of styles on display: stencils, spray-painted walls and mixed-media creations were all well-represented.  But there were also some surprises, like the sound recordings and accompanying video by Werner Urban.

Werner Urban - Südgelände Sessions at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

The video showed the artist making his recordings with a handheld microphone in locations like the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände.

It was also good to see a mixture of lesser known artists amongst some household names, like Mark Jenkins.

It was great to see more of his work, as I enjoyed his Glazed Paradise show at Gestalten so much earlier in the year.

A Mark Jenkins sculpture at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

As well as all the art on display, I enjoyed looking around parts of Postbahnhof that I hadn’t been to before.  I have a thing for old industrial buildings and signs and there were plenty of things to look at.  In places, the art almost blended into the surroundings.

Postbahnhof Signs at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

Unknown Artist - The Unconscious Mind at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

The Stroke Urban Art Fair Berlin 2012 was a well-curated and organised show attended by a mixed crowd, all of whom looked pleased with what the €10 entrance fee had given them access to.

A group of visitors discuss the artwork at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin

The next Stroke Urban Art Fair in Berlin will definitely be on my Events Calendar.

Robert Montgomery – Echoes of Voices in the High Towers

Echoes of voices in the high towers – a light installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

Robert Montgomery’s poems, displayed on billboards, appear in the urban environment and therefore must surely constitute Street Art but they are so different from the most popular forms of the genre that they really stand out.

When I read a blog post on Little Thoughts about a number of his works on display in the grounds of the former Tempelhof Airport I had to check them out.

So last Friday I walked along Columbiadamm from Platz der Luftbrücke and took photos of the billboards.

In this brief half life spring – a billboard installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

All our splendid monuments – a billboard installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

Echoes of voices in the high towers – a billboard installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

When I realised that the poems on the reverse of the baseball scoreboards were written in LEDs I briefly debated waiting at the Tempelhofer Freiheit until nightfall.

I had a beer at the Biergarten nearby and enjoyed some summer sun and decided it was better to go home for a while and return later.

All our splendid monuments – a light installation by Robert Montgomery at the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin

I think it was well worth making the trip twice.

Presented by Neue Berliner Räume, as well as the installations at Tempelhof, there are 20 other billboards across Berlin and a Robert Montgomery exhibition at Stattbad Wedding from 15 September to 13 October 2012.