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Sunday Documentary: Bomb It

Bomb It (screenshot from the Street Art and Graffiti documentary)

John Reiss’s Graffiti and Street Art documentary, Bomb It traces the development of the movement from the early writers in Philadelphia and New York to the adoption of Street Art imagery in mainstream advertising and exhibitions in galleries.

Berlin features along with other cities with an Urban Art heritage and by talking to artists active in these places the film examines the roots of the culture and different motivations of the players.

Reiss also speaks to the people who are trying to buff and arrest their way to ‘cleaner streets’.

Bomb it is a must see documentary for Street Art and Graffiti enthusiasts.

Bomb It

Teufelsberg – The Art Gallery On The Devil’s Mountain

The domes of the former NSA Listening Station loom over the art at Teufelsberg Berlin

When I first visited Teufelsberg in August 2010 there was plenty of graffiti about and the odd bit of Street Art but thanks to the aborted Berlin Artbase 2012 event the former NSA Listening Station is a veritable Street Art Gallery.

The climb up the Teufelsberg (Devil’s Mountain) in the Grunewald is worth it for the views and the opportunity to walk around the former NSA facility alone (find out more about my latest visit here) but the quality of the Street Art is an added bonus.

PAOD

PAOD may be familiar to Berlin Street Art fans for the piece painted with Hannes Höhlig on Utrechter Strasse for Wedding Walls.

Cat - Street Art by PAOD at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

The Rainbowarlord

Teufelbergfrieden - Street Art by The Rainbowarlord at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

SAM Crew

SAM Crew is a Berlin Street Art collective comprising John Reaktor, Hazard Hope, Duke Cuke, Billo and Fogeljunge.

SAM Crew featured in my post re:MMX – Art Exhibition in Berlin.

Stretching - Street Art by SAM Crew (painted for Artbase 2012) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

JBAK

JBAK is a collaboration between James Bullough and Addison Karl.  Like SAM Crew, their work featured in my re:MMX – Art Exhibition in Berlin post.

Morning - Street Art by JBAK (painted for Artbase 2012) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Old Man - Street Art by JBAK (painted for Artbase 2012) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Mein Lieber Prost

The smiley faces and Prostie character of PROST or Mein Lieber Prost have featured a number of times here and will be familiar to anyone who has walked the streets of Berlin.

PROST - Street Art by Mein Lieber Prost at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

ALANIZ

It is difficult to do justice to this huge mural by ALANIZ that covers the whole of one wall of the main building.

Fight To The Death - Street Art by ALANIZ (painted for Artbase 2012) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Detail from Fight To The Death - Street Art by ALANIZ (painted for Artbase 2012) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Detail from Fight To The Death - Street Art by ALANIZ (painted for Artbase 2012) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

ALIAS

There were a number of pieces by ALIAS and as I have seen before with his work on the streets of Berlin some had been attacked. The features of his ‘Body Body Head’ paste up had been painted out and the scrawl across this ‘Headless’ piece suggests animosity that the spot had been reserved for ALIAS.

Headless - Street Art by ALIAS (painted for Artbase 2012) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Cheeky Boy - Street Art by ALIAS (painted for Artbase 2012) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

KEN

Thanks to James of JBAK for commenting to let me know that this piece is by KEN (aka Plotterroboter or Plotbot).  Ironically, there were other pieces by KEN at Teufelsberg that I had kept back for a post just about his art.

KEN’s art was the highlight of the Stattmarkt Christmas Art Market at Stattbad Wedding for me and also featured in my post about the abandoned laundry and dyeing factory of Rewatex.

Woman in Sunglasses - Street Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter or Plotbot) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Ambush

Thanks to Ambush for getting in touch to let me know that this Bending Berlin Baby piece based on the character Bender from Futurama is his work.  You can see more of what he’s up to on his website.

Bending Berlin Baby (Bender from Futurama) - Street Art by Ambush at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Unknown Artists

If anyone knows the artists for any of these pieces please let me know in the comments so that I can give the proper credit.

Black and White Girl - Street Art by Unknown Artist at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Slogans by Unknown Artist at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Einkauf - Street Art by Unknown Artist at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Girl With Dandelion - Street Art by Unknown Artist (painted for Artbase 2012) at the former NSA Listening Station at Teufelsberg Berlin

Berlin Street Art Vol 9 – Various Artists

It’s time for another instalment of some of the best Street Art Berlin has to offer and I think I’ve managed to find some gems over the last few weeks – I hope you agree.

Where a Street Artist has featured on andBerlin before I’ve linked to those posts, just click on the artist’s name.

Mein Lieber Prost

Prostie is a permanent fixture on Berlin’s streets, smiling from walls, doors and street furniture.  On this building by the Landwehr Kanal Prostie is playing dress up – first he’s Picasso then he’s a magician.

Prostie as Picasso - Street Art by Mein Lieber Prost in Berlin

Prostie as Magician - Street Art by Mein Lieber Prost in Berlin

El Bocho

Whether it’s Little Lucy’s attempts to kill Kitti or his Citizen series, I’m always to delighted to come across a new El Bocho on the streets of Berlin.

I Have To Go To Paris - Street Art by El Bocho in Berlin

Lake

Lake was one of the artists exhibiting at Stroke Urban Art Fair 2012 in Berlin so I was delighted to come across this street piece when I was wandering around Schöneweide a couple of weeks ago.

Green Goddess - Street Art by Lake in Berlin Schöneweide

Stinkfish

Colombian artist Stinkfish was in Berlin last year and left a few of his distinctive portraits, including this one at Urban Spree.  I also saw one of his pieces in an abandoned military base last week, which will feature in a future post.

Bright Eyes at Urban Spree - Street Art by Stinkfish in Berlin

MTO

I was back at the RAW Tempel last week so I took the opportunity to snap this MTO portrait of Michael Jackson.  I’m really annoyed that I can’t find the photos I took of this piece before the spliff was added.

Michael Jackson - Street Art by MTO in Berlin

NETHER

NETHER made an appearance in Berlin Street Art Vol 6 – Various Artists and is back here again with a great piece on a Crépes van.

Crêpes - Street Art by NETHER on a food van in Berlin

Unknown Artists

If anyone knows anything about the artists for these last two pieces please leave the details in the comments so that I can give the proper credit.

Aaaargh - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Mouse on Segway - Street Art by Unknown Artist in Berlin

Sunday Documentary: FL – Unpremeditated Movie

MTO - FAST Life (screenshot from FL: Unpremeditated Movie)

MTO is a French street artist who bases himself in Berlin and recently posted the documentary FL – Unpremeditated Movie on Vimeo.

Art has always had its detractors and modern art will always attract the most controversy. Street Art suffers doubly so because it is attacked from within as well as from the traditional opponents.

Over the past decade there has been increasingly intense interest in Street Art, an artform that owes much to graffiti and youth culture.

MTO, as I outlined in a recent post has brought photorealistic art to the streets and no more controversially so than in Sarasota, Florida.

His Fast Life mural, painted as part of the Sarasota Chalk Festival attracted much criticism for what was seen by some as a glorification of gang culture.

In this documentary, MTO presents his version of how events played out.

FL – Unpremeditated Movie