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Berlin Risofest – Celebration of DIY Printing

The Berlin Risofest is the first event to bring together the city’s top Risograph printers, artists and studios, in a day of exhibitions, workshops, performances, booklaunches and parties.

Featuring:

– A showcase of the work of:
Colorama
Drucken3000 Risografie
Lucky Punch Press / Die Brueder
PogoBooks / Outer Space Press
Zirkumflex
We make it
BLINKBLINK
Penthaus für schöne Formate / Kunst Werk Stadt Berlin
Riso Club Leipzig
Inkwell Press (https://www.instagram.com/inkwellspa)

The events confirmed so far include:

– a Riso-printed wallpaper installation curated by Luca Bogoni Design Studio, with guest artist Bene Rohlmann, Guillaume Kashima, Anna Niestroj

– the launch (at long last) of the English version of the book RISOMANIA, a project by Vetro Editions, published by Niggli Verlag

– a live mimeograph printing/poetry reading performance by poet Martin Jackson, among many other things the author of what may be the only poem ever written about the Riso

Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee‘s mimeographed artworks

– DJs Stella Zekri and Dj Die Soon playing during the day and night, as well as more special guests. Live music performance by Infinite Livez (Big Dada). And we are delighted to have Flux FM on board!

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PROGRAM:

14.00: LIVE VINYL SETS from Stella Zekri and LaGazo.

15.00: RISOGRAPH WORKSHOP 1 with Drucken 3000 and Colorama.

15.00: LIVE DRAWING from Guillaume Kashima, fusing illustration and Riso printing.

1600: RISO WALLPAPER INSTALLATION.

1700: LAUNCH of Spektrum Crush zine 2, a Riso-printed visual anthology of artists working with video games or digital garbage as a medium.

18.00: RISOGRAPH WORKSHOP 2 with Drucken 3000 and Colorama.

19.00: BOOK LAUNCH the English version of the book RISOMANIA, a project by Vetro Editions, published by Niggli Verlag.

19.30: MIMEO/POETRY with live mimeograph printing and poetry reading performance by Martin Jackson.

20.00: RISO PRINT AUCTION, all proceeds going to The Source Berlin – Sustainable Food Projects.

21.00: LIVE MUSIC from the legendary Infinite Livez (Ninja Tune/Big Dada)

22.00: DJ SET from Dj Die Soon.

23.01: DJ SET from DJ Scotch Bonnet (Small But Hard)

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Subscriptions for the Riso-printing workshop here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/201567207022966/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1493368228562385



All In A Day's Work 2 | DIY & Craft Workshops "Make Your Own Xmas Gift"

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Druck Berlin is very excited to announce that due to the success of the first edition of “All in a Day’s Work” in October, they will be throwing another Workshop Day at Urban Spree, on Sat Dec 13 – just in time for Christmas!

5400802With over 25 professional artists & makers giving interesting & unusual workshops, you are sure to find something to pique your interest – and to make the perfect gifts for your loved ones!

Join us from 12:00 and spend the day learning exciting new skills:

Plaster Casting – Hand Stamped & Waxed Paper Making – Color Kite Making – Palette Carpentry – Brooklyn Style Up-Cycling – Screen Printing – Tattooing – 3D-Printing – Pendant Jewelry Making – Make a Heart out of Brass or Copper – T-Shirt Screen Printing –  Paint a Mug – Polaroid Transfer – Leather Wrap Around Cuff – Crochet A Bow Or Make a Necklace – Flip Book – Upcycled Dreamcatcher – Create Melt and Pour X-MAS Soaps…

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“Here Comes the Bad News”: New Solo Show with Jim Avignon

Jim Avignon returns to Urban Spree Galerie for his second solo show “Here Comes the Bad News”, 2 years after « Permanent Jetlag ».

In his only exhibition in Berlin for the year 2019, Jim Avignon describes the mood in the world and in Berlin in particular with his usual wit.

Gentrification, Global Warming, Surveillance Capitalism, Alt Right… here comes indeed the bad news. His paintings are a mash-up of cartoony figuration, expressionistic composition, – a maximum of expression with a minimum of lines.

Jim Avignon is a painter, illustrator and conceptual artist. Always ready to confront the establishment he is torn between pop art, street art, Picasso on acid or simply being the fastest painter in the world. His signature style consists of vivid colours, a biting humor, unpretentious materials and a mind numbing output. His art works like pop music in DIY mode.

According to the legend, the artist became stranded in the Provence city of Avignon at some point in the ’80s when his car unexpectedly broke down. He resorted to painting Dali images onto pavements, gradually raising money to repair his car. The name stayed.

In the early 90s, he became an ubiquitous painter of the techno movement, designing makeshift clubs and Love Parade trucks.

By creating a colorful flood of affordable, rapidly-produced works, Jim disrupts the well-oiled art market and pervades it with black humor and self-irony. Avignon’s images caricature the modus operandi of the art market and are also aimed at people who are bored or deterred by the gold-framed aura of so-called high art. “Good Artists Go To The Museum, Bad Artists Go Everywhere”.

 

Jim Avignon

“Here Comes the Bad News”

Solo Show at Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage: Friday, August 09th, 2019

Exhibition: 09.08.2019 – 08.09.2019

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Info and catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com



Jim Avignon: Here Comes the Bad News

Jim Avignon returns to Urban Spree Galerie for his second solo show “Here Comes the Bad News”, 2 years after « Permanent Jetlag ».

In his only exhibition in Berlin for the year 2019, Jim Avignon describes the mood in the world and in Berlin in particular with his usual wit.

Gentrification, Global Warming, Surveillance Capitalism, Alt Right… here comes indeed the bad news. His paintings are a mash-up of cartoony figuration, expressionistic composition, – a maximum of expression with a minimum of lines.

 

Jim Avignon is a painter, illustrator and conceptual artist. Always ready to confront the establishment he is torn between pop art, street art, Picasso on acid or simply being the fastest painter in the world. His signature style consists of vivid colours, a biting humor, unpretentious materials and a mind numbing output. His art works like pop music in DIY mode.

According to the legend, the artist became stranded in the Provence city of Avignon at some point in the ’80s when his car unexpectedly broke down. He resorted to painting Dali images onto pavements, gradually raising money to repair his car. The name stayed.

In the early 90s, he became an ubiquitous painter of the techno movement, designing makeshift clubs and Love Parade trucks.

By creating a colorful flood of affordable, rapidly-produced works, Jim disrupts the well-oiled art market and pervades it with black humor and self-irony. Avignon’s images caricature the modus operandi of the art market and are also aimed at people who are bored or deterred by the gold-framed aura of so-called high art. “Good Artists Go To The Museum, Bad Artists Go Everywhere”.

 

Jim Avignon

“Here Comes the Bad News”

Solo Show at Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage: Friday, August 09th, 2019

Exhibition: 09.08.2019 – 08.09.2019

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Info and catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com



Automatic – Urban Spree, Berlin

 

Like all the best bands, Automatic found each other in an organic way. Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals) met in the DIY band scene of Los Angeles and started jamming together in 2017. Over the last year, they have become an important part of the L.A. Club circuit, sharing the stage with bands like Surfbort, Wand and Flatworms. On 27 September 2019 their debut album “Signal” will be released on Stones Throw / PIAS.

Lola was born into a punk household (her father is Kevin Haskins, the drummer of Bauhaus) and joined her first band, the art-rock outfit Blackblack, when she was just 13 years old. Halle and Izzy met in local bands in the northeast of L.A.; Izzy was a guitarist and singer, and Halle liked to plug her fretless bass into a guitar amp. Unimpressed by the masculine energy of the local scene and the rock music on the radio – “pumped out like plastic bottles into the ocean” – Izzy changed guitars into synths and joined Halle and Lola in 2017. They called themselves “Automatic” after a song by the Go-Go’s – the only (!) purely female band that ever wrote and recorded an entire album that reached number 1 in the charts in the USA.

Automatics guitarless setup seemed to leave a void in the sound at first, but their interplay gave them strength and they took their place in the scene. Empowerment in the best sense. They refined their sound and, informed by Neu! and Suicide, combined their preference for dub reggae, motoric rhythms and gnarled synthesizers with their cinematic pop understanding. In collaboration with sound engineer and producer Joo Joooo Ashworth (FROTH), they started working on their GarageBand demos and their debut album.

Their first single “Calling It” captures the feeling of drifting in an endless space, tearing everything apart and starting anew. Elsewhere on “Signal”, songs speak directly from the band members’ experiences: “Humanoid” and “Too Much Money” are reflections on boredom, misfortune and the disappointing falsehood of social media personae, while the title track “Signal” is about “being trapped in the drudgery of a shitty life/job and realizing that no one but yourself will save you from it.” “Signal” is the title track of the band’s album. A shocking near-death accident in her apartment inspired Izzy to write “Electrocution” – an experience alluded to in the cover packshot, which shows a switch on a red background.

Izzy studied film at college and Halle used to work at the legendary video store “Kims Video” in New York, so it’s no wonder that the band also mentions film as an important influence on their music. David Lynch and Dario Argentos in particular have left their mark on the ambiguous lyrics and eerie atmospheres.

The red thread that runs through “Signals” is the feeling of fear and alienation, possibly one of the most formative experiences of the early 21st century: the feeling of being on the edge of the world. Or as Automatic put it: “The world is so fucked. I don’t know how a musician could say: ‘That’s all great.'”

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