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Berlin Feminist Film Week 2015: The Silent Revolution: Women in Islam

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On a fifth day of this year’s festival we will turn to Morocco and the documentary Casablanca Calling. Anti-islam is ever so present in the Western media and this program aims to increase the understanding for Arab women’s everyday life as well as highlight the relation between feminism and Islam.

Casablanca Calling is the story of a quiet social revolution in Morocco. In a country where over 60% of women have never been to school, a new generation of women have started work as official Muslim leaders. They are called Morchidats or spiritual guides.

We have invited Prof. Wendy Meryem Kural Shaw, in her lecture “How Change Happens: Visions of Feminism between Here and Elsewhere” she will tell us more about women’s rights in North Africa:

The global struggles for racial and gender equality emerging from French revolutionary thought developed within a modern context of colonialism which mapped hierarchies of East and West onto other regions. As a primary site of French colonial domination, North Africa became a site in which the struggle for national independence and that for women’s rights became deeply intertwined. Wendy Shaw will consider the state intervention engaged through the Mordichat program explored in this documentary film within the context of women’s rights in North Africa from the painting of Eugene Delacroix, Pablo Picasso, and Houria Niati; the analysis of Franz Fanon; and contemporary European equations between women’s rights and the veil.

Turkish writer Göksu Kunak has shared a text with us which will be distributed to all guests to interpret in silence.

Event Info:
Date: Tuesday 10th of March 2015
Time: 8.30pm (Doors from 7.30pm)
Venue: Urban Spree (Revaler Str 99, Friedrichsain)
Tickets: €6

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Simon Torssell Lerin / Bettina Hvidevold Hystad with Damo Suzuki

After the concert of Damo Suzuki at Urban Spree on Saturday Dec.14th, 2013, we are happy to release in the shop the exclusive Clouds Hill Ltd. photobook + 180gr white vinyl boxset.

jpg_20131111170106_damo_suzuki_cover_small_thumbSimon Torssell Lerin / Bettina Hvidevold Hystad with Damo Suzuki‘ is a biographical photobook with private and previously unpublished photos from the early 70s and today. It also contains excerpts from private letters, lyrics, drawings and emails by Damo Suzuki and newspaper articles about him.

Simon Torssell Lerin and Bettina Hvidevold Hystad have undertaken a cultural pilgrimage in the footsteps of the legendary CAN singer, Damo Suzuki. From placing a classifed advertisement in a Swedish newspaper, Suzuki leaves Japan in early 1968 ending up in the village of Gräsmark. Lerin / Hystad´s book documents what happened to Suzuki in Gräsmark and how he kept in contact with his Swedish friends after becoming a member of the krautrock band CAN. During the summer of 2012 Lerin / Hystad travelled together with Suzuki to Japan exploring ideas of improvisation and music as a platform for communication by documenting Damo Suzuki’s Network´s tour. On the 11th of February 2013 the duo performed an improvised concert together with Suzuki at Fylkingen, Stockholm.

When Suzuki tours, he only performs live improvisational music with various local musicians (so-called “Sound Carriers”) from around the world, thus building up a ‘network’ of musicians with whom he collaborates.



Urban Spree Galerie at Urvanity Art Fair

Urban Spree Galerie will participate to the 3rd Edition of Urvanity Art (28.02-03-03.2019) at COAM in the center of Madrid.

The fair is dedicated to urban contemporary arts and for its first participation to a Spanish art fair, the gallery has designed on 60 sqm a program with 9 artists, mainly based or linked to Berlin, as well as a solo show of works from Hendrik Czakainski

As for the graffiti part, we are showing photographic works from Martha Cooper/1UP of the acclaimed series “One Week with 1UP”, whose exhibition about the Berlin-based graffiti vandal crew was created at Urban Spree in May 2018 and toured worldwide ever since.

Cpt_Olf is joining the roster as well with an iconic image about the Berlin Kidz/Os Cururu.

Bisco Smith (NYC) and Sicoer (Krakow) will be showing  their calligraffiti/handstyle skills, both on canvases as well as on paper, through a series of medium-sized inks.

EVOL is a German artist renowned for his detailed stencils on cardboard, his large installations, and his outdoor works on electric boxes, depicting Berlin cityscapes and houses, Plattenbau, and the constant evolution and fragility of the metropolis.

We will also be showing new works on paper from Marion Jdanoff (the half of of French duo Palefroi) and from Victor Ash, adding some portraits painted by Anthony Lister under the influence of Picasso during his Berlin residency at Urban Spree in September 2018.

Last but not the least, we will introduce 3 new paintings from Lars Wunderlich (a.k.a. Look The Weird) as a preview to his upcoming solo show with the gallery in April 2019.

Please contact the gallery ahead of the fair with any questions or requests you may have.

 

Urban Spree Galerie / Urvanity Art Fair

Booth 14

LASEDE COAM 

Calle Horteleza 63

28004 Madrid, Spain



Bonnie Li -Wǒ Men- ALBUM Release PARTY

Icons Creating Evil Art présents:

Dark Pop / Trip Hop / Electro-Cabaret

On the occasion of the release of her debut album “Wǒ Men”
Bonnie Li will throw her release party at Urban Spree on the 14th of Feb!

“In Mandarin ‘wǒ’ means I-myself, ‘wǒ men’ is translated into we-us, and if you skip the space in between it gives you ‘women’, I wanted to play around with that.”

Written over the course of the last year, ‘Wǒ Men’ was arranged with Elia M Sycomor and produced by regular collaborator Paolo Pizzuto in their new home in Berlin, setting the start of a new evolution for the artist.
With the use of further instrumentation and adopting a more Dark-Pop aesthetic, Bonnie Li sees the release as the start of a new beginning for her, experimenting further and moving away from her trip-hop-inspired origins.
“Wǒ Men” looks to be a beacon of coveted thoughts, speaking opinions that you know you shouldn’t, channelling insecurity in a search for yourself. It’s organic, dynamic and fragile, distorted as a mirror to the artist’s emotions and fears, sensitive and dark.

Singer/composer & multi-lingual polymath, Bonnie Li has already been praised by the likes of Clash Magazine EARMILK, Rolling Stone Italia and The Line Of Best Fit.

SEE YOU THERE Beautiful Freaks ♥

album cover: Kiril Bikov
album artwork: Ika Kzrdesignprovocation

————-> INFOS <————–

WHEN / WHERE:
Doors open at 8pm -14 Feb. 2019
Urban Spree : Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

TICKETING:
Pre-sales: https://urbanspree.stager.nl/web/tickets/287919
Tickets will also be sold at the door from 7h30pm to 9pm.
Cost: 8e

MERCH:
Album available everywhere: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1mswgtBZE0xMQkJU4NhWpH
LP & CD : https://bandbonnieli.bandcamp.com/album/w-men
A merch stand will also be there 😉



Poolside

Poolside began as a recording project in a converted Los Angeles backyard pool house in early 2011, producing sunny tracks of subaquatic indie dance music in this makeshift recording studio. Surfacing first in the form of a YouTube video for the catchy track “Do You Believe?” Poolside were soon gaining local and national attention, with DJs like James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, techno legend Derrick May, and disco don Todd Terje spinning these tracks at events and a growing online following. Throughout 2011 Poolside continued making waves with a sound called “daytime disco” through tracks like their cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and original tunes. In 2012 Poolside worked on a remix for longtime disco punks The Rapture and held fans over with a new single and video for a song called “Slow Down” as they prepared to release their debut album. That album, Pacific Standard Time, was self-released in July of 2012.

After the album’s release, remixes for artists like Matthew Dear, Little Dragon and Fool’s Gold soon followed, as well as rehearsing and touring with a live band and doing DJ sets around the world. As thoughts turned to a second album, Poolside went on ice for a year to regroup, beginning to work in earnest on another album in the Fall of 2016. While still revolving around the sunny, laid-back disco sound of PST, these sessions yielded the additions of up-tempo dance songs and more guitars, and generally more fleshed-out arrangements. Poolside surprise released their second album Heat in 2017.

 

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Felines • Jealous • Meek One • Burned Dorado

Felines (Burger Records) LIVE + Jealous LIVE
+ AFTERPARTY w/ MEEK ONE (Camera) + BURNED DORADO
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Some may know Felines in their previous incarnation as an all-girl trio – Ditte Melgaard on guitar, Mei-Long Bao on drums and Asta Louisa Bjerre on bass – playing fun-seeking garage rock with a retro twist. The group cut their teeth in the Copenhagen underground and released a few singles and their debut album on cool international labels such as the German Soundflat Records and Burger Records in the US. Since then the band spent time in Paris re-working some of their music for a Saint Laurent fashion show and did a sound track for the Danish youth movie “Threesome”. Since then… silence.

But no more. Felines are now a quartet having added Kristian Bønløkke on synth. Even though their garage roots are still noticeable in the edgy guitar sound, Felines have evolved into a lo-fi, hi-hopes combo playing pop songs with a laid-back charm and seemingly effortless ease. Their sweet-talking, experimental-emotional CPH blues has a sound that lands somewhere between ESG, The Breeders and Delta 5. They bring a sense of flow and fun, which gives them a sound of their own.

They recently released their new EP Saying It Twice Makes It Real on vinyl and digital release on the Danish label Crunchy Frog and on cassette tape on the legendary US label Burger Records.

+ Jealous
stoned cheerleaders, 70trashy glam ,post messy lipstick punk, dirty hard & sticky sweet.