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First Show of 2020: “WALLS” A Collective Exhibition Featuring 30 International Artists

For their first show of 2020, Urban Spree Galerie presents « WALLS », a collective exhibition featuring 30 international artists. 

Expanding the historical timeline and geographical scope beyond the Fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago, “WALLS” explores the notion of the wall, from Antiquity to contemporary issues, viewed through the lens of artists committed to the public space and whose work is closely related to walls.

Curated by Fabrice Douar and Cyrille Gouyette (Le Louvre Museum, Paris) and co-curated by Pascal Feucher (Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin), « WALLS » invites prominent artists from the comics & street art scenes to create graphic works of fiction related to walls, interpreted either as simple architectural elements, ominous symbols of segregation, canvases and vessels to convey meaning, textures, or imaginary playgrounds and labyrinths. 

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Painting on a fragment of a wall

 

While some antique artefacts appear in the show to testify of their immortal, silent presence, in the 21st Century, the Minotaur doesn’t wait at the center of his realm but has clearly moved outside, demultiplied its presence, and is building more walls.

The exhibition’s direction is therefore resolutely multifaceted, contemporary and graphic-oriented, spanning several topographies (Europe, South Korea, Middle East, Hong Kong, Cuba…), and art forms (painting, photography, installations, videos).

 

Philippe Echaroux – Amazonia, Petit Chef – c-print mounted on Alu Dibond, 84 x 150 cm, 2016

30 Artists: Alias, Andreas, Jim Avignon, Bault, Enki Bilal, Broken Fingaz Crew, Isaac Cordal (installation), Hendrik Czakainski, Christian Durieux, Philippe Écharoux (mapping installation), EVOL, Jean Faucheur, Flix, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Miles Hyman, Kim Jung Gi, Levalet, Stéphane Levallois, Loustal, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Mode2, Alexandra Novosseloff, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Michal Škapa, Pen So, Thom Thom, Sam Tse, Santiago Valenzuela, Lars Wunderlich, Zevs.

 

Bault – Rond Point de la Tour de Babel, Acrylic on Canvas

In cooperation with Galerie David Ghezelbash, Galerie Huberty & Breyne, and Galerie Lelong & Co.

 

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WALLS

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Vernissage: Friday, January 17th, 2019 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.01.2019 – 29.02.2019

Wed – Sat –  12:00-18:30 or by appointment

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Info: galerie@urbanspree.com

Download the Press Kit: 
https://www.urbanspree.com/press/

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List of available artworks: 
https://www.artsy.net/show/urban-spree-galerie-walls



WALLS

For their first show of 2020, Urban Spree Galerie presents « WALLS », a collective exhibition featuring 30 international artists and dedicated to the notion of the « wall ». 

Curated by Fabrice Douar and Cyrille Gouyette (Le Louvre Museum, Paris) and co-curated by Pascal Feucher (Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin), « WALLS » invites prominent artists from both the comics scene and the street art scene to create graphic works of fiction related to walls, interpreted either as simple architectural elements, ominous symbols of segregation, canvases and vessels to convey meaning, textures, or imaginary playgrounds and labyrinths. 

Fragment of an antique wall, Pompeii. Courtesy Galerie David Ghezelbash

 

While some antique artefacts appear in the show to testify of their immortal, silent presence, in the 21st Century, the Minotaur doesn’t wait at the center of his realm but has clearly moved outside, demultiplied its presence, and is building more walls.

The exhibition’s direction is therefore resolutely multifaceted, contemporary and graphic-oriented, spanning several topographies (Europe, South Korea, Middle East, Hong Kong, Cuba…), and art forms (painting, photography, installations, videos). 

Levalet: “Voie de contournement”, China ink on paper, 70x100cm, 2019

30 Artists: Alias, Andreas, Jim Avignon, Bault, Enki Bilal, Broken Fingaz Crew, Isaac Cordal (installation), Hendrik Czakainski, Christian Durieux, Philippe Écharoux (mapping installation), EVOL, Jean Faucheur, Flix, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Miles Hyman, Kim Jung Gi, Levalet, Stéphane Levallois, Loustal, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Mode2, Alexandra Novosseloff, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Michal Škapa, Pen So, Thom Thom, Sam Tse, Santiago Valenzuela, Lars Wunderlich, Zevs.

 

Enki Bilal. Excerpt from the Portfolio “Die Mauer Berlin”, Futuropolis 1982

 

In cooperation with Galerie David Ghezelbash, Galerie Huberty & Breyne, and Galerie Lelong & Co.

 

WALLS

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Vernissage: Friday, January 17th, 2019 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.01.2019 – 29.02.2019

Wed – Sat –  12:00-18:30 or by appointment

info and catalogue: galerie@urbanspree.com

To download the Press Kit: https://www.urbanspree.com/press/



New York Perspectives

Urban Spree Galerie presents New York Perspectives, a duo show featuring Chris “Daze” Ellis and Joe Conzo, curated by Mode2. The vernissage will be on Friday, November 22nd, at 18:30, in presence of the two artists.

    Through the work of two New York City-born artists, a painter and a photographer, this exhibition is an attempt to show aspects of New York City life, through the eyes and the work of two very different individuals; though both come from a part of its counterculture.

    The drawings and paintings of the artist Chris “Daze” Ellis, and those many moments and people captured by the photography of Joe Conzo show us how the youth that were more in osmosis with the steel, the concrete, the glass, the streets and the city’s subway system, could develop new forms of visual dialogue that could form a bridge between their own social and cultural background, and a movement that would infiltrate the artworld and become a global phenonmenon.

   Coming from different neighbourhoods and cultural backgrounds, both have lived long enough to have witnessed first hand the huge transformations that the city has gone through over these last decades, while their “work”, which was actually their hobby, passion and life pretty much, has documented seminal eras during that time.

  These tumultuous years of cultural flux; of blossoming, blooming, destruction and rebirth, are often overlooked by today’s focus on the “now” of street art, and the way through which this eclipses the very alchemy that gave birth to the way in which artists express themselves in the street today, or the way in which they document city life.

    It is doubtful that much of what is happening today in visual art, music, dance and written or spoken word ever would have happened, if generations of youth in New York City had not lived what they did many decades ago; and we can count ourselves lucky that a few rare individuals happened to be there and have the instinct to document it.

  Here then, are views of New York from two different perspectives, they themselves being a complex accumulation of all of life’s experiences, and how they shape each individual’s understanding of the world around them; and the ways by which they choose to express and share this with us.

Urban Spree Prints will release two 18″x 24″ silk screen prints by Daze on the opening night and online.

The gallery and the curator heartily thank Henry Chalfant for letting us show his documentary movie “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale.”

Poster Artwork by Tyler Askew.

 

“New York Perspectives”

Christopher “Daze” Ellis / Joe Conzo

Curated by Mode2

22.11 – 21.12.2019

 

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening: Friday 22.11.2019 at 18:30

Exhibition: Tu-Sa – 12:00 – 18:30

Info & Catalogue: contact@urbanspree.com

 

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BIOGRAPHIES: 

 

Chris “Daze” Ellis

Growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Chris Daze Ellis (b. 1962) was aware from early on of the names and the odd characters that would be dancing along the trains that wove their way through the city. When he started out at the High School of Art & Design in 1976, he found that there was a whole community of very diverse yet like-minded individuals there, also involved with this scene; some of whom would go on to make a name for themselves in the art world.

Being a fan of drawing and comic books already, Daze camouflaged his nighttime activities under his parents’ gaze, exploring and expanding his visual vocabulary, combining the traditional with the dynamism of a new and challenging environment, with stimulus of its own.

Having mastered the medium and the environment, Daze would go on to shape his own personal vision of the world, looking as much inwards as outwards, in the relationship between the trains and walls, and what he could further explore in the studio. The strength of his successful life as an artist in his own right would develop from then on.

From his participation in his first group show, Beyond Words, at the Mudd Club in 1981, before having his own solo show at Fashion Moda (the historical South Bronx art space that bridged the established art world with the raw talent and energy coming out of New York City), Daze embraced the wide horizon that opened up before him.

From then on, Daze began to show in many different cities around the world, whether it be galleries and museum, in solo shows as well as group formats. He has participated in many public or educational art projects around the world, working with students and communities from South Korea to Brazil via Haiti, while often visiting Europe as well, and contributing to New York mural initiatives like the Leap Arts Program or Thrive Collective.

From his appearances in the film Style Wars, to being an art consultant on the Netflix series The Get Down in 2017, to participating in public painting projects from the Star Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong in 1993, painting an entire Hannover train station with fellow artists Lee Quinones and John Crash Matos, or being commissioned for murals by private clients like the law firm, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Washington D.C. 2018; Daze has constantly had his hands on a whole range of different projects.

Daze’s paintings have found themselves in many private collections including Eric Clapton, Natalie Imbruglia, and Madonna. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, NY, Museum of Modern art, NY, The Museum of the city of New York, The Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Yale University art Gallery, New Haven, Addison Museum of American Art at the Phillips Academy, Andover.

Chris Daze Ellis continues to live and work in New York City.

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Joe Conzo

Joe Conzo was born in the Bronx during an era of great upheaval, when the construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway was nearing its end, having destroyed the communities that lay in its path, and condemning those parts of the borough around it to social and economic decline. The apocalyptic landscapes of urban devastation, and the high criminality associated to it are emblematic of that era.

President Truman’s Urban Renewal announced in 1949, ruthlessly applied by Robert Moses, targetted the more modest and ethnically diverse neighbourhoods of New York City whose resistance to forced removal would fall on deaf ears, as private developers grabbed the prime lots. The Bronx represented both the laboratory and the collateral damage for these extreme experiments of urban renewal.

And yet, out of what looked like an urban war zone, the city’s youth began to pick up the pieces, and, out of the desolation around them, began to build their own road out of it. Realising that the state was not going to do anything positive for them, their survival instincts eventually kicked in; and out of the gang culture, the drugs, and the sheer nihilism that had reigned for a while over much of the borough, new and greener shoots were beginning to break through.

Joe Conzo’s cultural capital, and that of his peers, was probably key to his survival and his blossoming during those harsh years; grandson of Dr. Evelina López Antonetty, a political activist who played a huge role in developing educational programmes for Puerto Rican children, and son of Joe Conzo Snr., who was in the thick of the huge Latin music scene of that bridged those decades; hanging with all the main players of that era, and having been the biographer of Tito Puente.

While studying at the Agnes Russell School on the campus of Columbia University, he discovered photography, the medium that would enable him to document what went on around him; from the world of latin culture through his father’s connections, to the collision of art forms that would later be called Hip Hop; a word that eclipses the sum of its parts.

Having lived many ups and downs in the eighties, to a rebirth of sorts, Joe Conzo went on to become a qualified medical nurse, then worked for the New York City Fire Department, being among the first responders on 9/11. At some point along the way, he was reunited with the camera, and began shooting again…

Whether as the photographer of rap crew The Cold Crush Brothers, a hugely influential group of MCs from the early days, or just a boy from the Bronx who had a camera and curious eyes, Joe Conzo’s photos provided reference material to Henry Chalfant ‘s documentary “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale.”, and were documented in a book called “Born In The Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop”.

His negatives have been digitalised and archived at Cornell University, providing a unique and indispensable resource for those wishing to research the those eras.



Jonni Cheatwood: Tyger Tyger

Urban Spree Galerie presents “Tyger Tyger“, the first solo show in Germany of the Los Angeles based visual artist Jonni Cheatwood and only his second in Europe.


URBAN SPREE STUDIO, JUNE 2019

The American artist (b. 1986 in Thousand Oaks, California), spent a month at Urban Spree in Berlin as an Artist-in-Residence to create 11 large format artworks that are exhibited in the galerie from July 5th, 2019 to August 4th, 2019.

Jonni Cheatwood incorporates found fabrics into his canvases, which he himself cuts and saws, in order to create variations, a sense of appropriation and move away from the uniform surface of the canvas. Acting as time and identity markers, some fabrics have geometric patterns whereas some others are figurative or overly pop. The Residency enabled Jonni to source local fabrics, found in the Turkish market or in the street. Once the patchwork is assembled, Cheatwood paints blocks and shapes of colors on it, adding multiple layers of paint and agglomerating texture, freely outlining shapes to convey dynamism, movement and balance.

Jonni Cheatwood is an abstract painter whose work is about balance, shape and color and who can be related to the “Figuration narrative” movement. Here, Roy Lichtenstein makes an appearance in most canvases of the series as a reference and a cultural bridge as some fabrics sourced in Berlin include some embroidered stories derived from the American painter.

Jonni’s work is also close to the post-graffiti movement as we can also view his color shapes and black outlines as deconstructed graffiti.

Overall, his work is very dynamic, balanced and superbly colorful, while creating multiple layered & complex identities.

“Tyger Tyger burning bright, 
In the forests of the night: 
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?”

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Latest exhibitions: 

2019

Tyger Tyger | Urban Spree | Berlin, Germany

That’s Dallas Baby | Artual Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

2018

Dressed Up For the Letdown | Over the Influence, Hong Kong

She’s Heavy on the Razzmatazz | MAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY, Turku, Finland

Volta Show, BEERS London, New York NY, USA

Same Hero, New Boots | TW FINE ART, Brisbane, Australia

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Jonni Cheatwood
“Tyger Tyger”

Solo Show at Urban Spree Galerie

Opening: Friday, July 5th, 2019 from 19:00
Exhibition from 05.07 to 04.08
Tu-Su: 12:00 – 19:00

Info and catalogue: galerie@urbanspree.com

https://www.jonnicheatwood.com

https://www.instagram.com/jonni_cheatwood/`

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Japanese Techno Festival Berlin 2017 Summer

In Japan, we have a lot of musical culture. We have Roland, KORG, YAMAHA, Technics, Sony…etc. We always chase our musical spirit and passion in our mind from ancient times. What is Japanese Techno? Today Japanese people love under ground music like Techno. The scene is not big like Berlin, but growing up as hidden musical culture for talented music lovers. Our all DJs are Japanese from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Niigata and more. We know about hidden local party scene in Japan and would like to introduce our Real underground scene to Techno lovers in Berlin. Sounds, Vibes and people…You can feel Japanese context in our music. Don’t miss our festival if you never know Japanese Techno.

*Entrance
10 Euro after 11pm
5 Euro before 11pm

*RA attend
https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?1000226

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*Timetable

Main floor (Upstairs)
2200-2300 himeee LIVE
2300-2430 Platinum Pork
2430-0130 Sub Human Bros LIVE
0130-0330 Tomoki Tamura
0330-End Kenji Tazaki

Basement (Downstairs)

2300-2400 SASAKI Hiroaki LIVE
2400-0230 Yasuhisa
0230-End DHADHA”

Bier Garden(Outside Open Air)

00:00-03:00 Hideto Omura
03:00-End Yasuhisa

*Line up

// Tomoki Tamura (Holic Trax / Doublet) From Osaka //

The rare breed that is Tomoki Tamura started his journey with dance music in Japan and has come a long way since. A move to London in 2004 inaugurated a series of Holic nights that would eventually lead him to rock the floors of top London venues including Fabric, Ministry of Sound, and Plastic People. Meanwhile, he had gained enough experience and respect to earn himself a residency at the legendary club The END / AKA from 2007 until its closure in 2009.

Quickly growing to become a staple night in London’s nightlife, HOLIC continued to flourish as it brought a fresh selection of quality house and techno djs to the capital. While the party bubbled in London, it also earned permanent residency at one of Japan’s most respected clubs, Womb in Tokyo. He began to play an important roll being the main underground music ambassador connecting Tokyo to London. With immediate affect, Tomoki received the much deserved respect and started to play in all corners of the world.

Almost a decade after HOLIC’s establishment, the launch of the label HOLIC TRAX came naturally in 2012 with a release from none other than Mr. G. The label’s unique raw take on house music has earned enormous praise from underground music lovers. With releases from Tuccillo, Rick Wade, Chris Carrier, Ekkohaus & Rufus, Kate Simko, and Robert Dietz, the label has proven to follow its own taste without compromise. Tomoki is one half of Doublet, a project in collaboration with Italian Ibiza resident Tuccillo. HOLIC TRAX has been the main outlet for their unique take on raw and moody house tracks.

Although proving to be a credible producer, label owner, and promoter, he knows his records the most and is a DJ above all. He now resides in Berlin where he calls home.

https://www.facebook.com/HolicTRAX
https://soundcloud.com/tomoki-tamura

// Sub Human Bros (Eintakt Records) From Fukuoka //

A hardware Techno unit based in Berlin, consisting of the brothers, Makoto and Yutaka.Inspired by Berlin techno sound, Sub Human Bros has a concept “to record the initial impulse of human beings”. Sub Human Bros is the one and only brother unit that keeps producing dynamic dance music and vivid sounds like band music from the techno point of view.
As organizing their party “PLANET BAR BERLIN”, they energetically play live acts at the leading clubs in Berlin, such as “Griessmuehle”, “Chalet Club” and “Hoppetosse”. They toured in Tokyo,Kyusyu area Japan and in Hong Kong,Seoul as a release memorial live tour in Asia.

https://soundcloud.com/subhumanbros

// SASAKI Hiroaki (Yotsume-music) From Tokyo //

Japanese artist and owner of the Yotsume-music label.
He was born in Kurasiki city,and is currently based in Tokyo.
He started music influenced by 80’s Newwave/PunkRock and now He compose Minimal Techno.

He met synthesizer/sequencer and that of the 90’s club movement.
But later got into the world of minimal techno and house music at around 90’s.
Since 2003 he is actively output his own minimal tracks.

Discography
2007 “Dramatic ep” 1st [moderntool Label]
2008 “V ep” 2nd [moderntoll]
2009 “spray vol.06” [moph record]
2009 “PARTIZAN/L.T.D” [moph record]
2009 “16sec ” [PLAZA in CROWD]
2010 “Visiond dance” [PLAZA in CROWD]
2011 “Classic 1 ep” [Yotsume-Music]
2011 “Red”(albam) [PLAZA in CROWD]
2013 “Woman ep” [Yotsume-Music]
2016 “ICON ep” [Yotsume-Music]

resident advisor : http://jp.residentadvisor.net/dj/sasakihiroaki
Discogs : http://www.discogs.com/artist/1715171-Sasaki-Hiroaki

// YASUHISA (TetralogisticS) From Osaka //

In the year 2003 as a DJ on a fashion show, 2004 as as a club DJ, he started his career. He represented Kansai region and established „TetralogisticS“ , a party which has been initiated in the domestic techno scene.
With his experience of a super long set as 18 hours or 24 hours, also he dared a one-men DJ party „Sound by Sound (Circus Osaka)“ for three times and earned a huge reputation.
As well he performed at the dance music festival „The Star Festival (Kyoto)“ which Japan boasts the world and the „dance music festival“ (formerly: Nagisa music festival/Osaka).
Being a DJ with one and only dance music which let us feel the prominence sensitivity, he plays not only minimal techno, also incorporated house, electro, dubstep, dub and ambient, and seek the developing „sound“ and expand his width of genre.
With this wide range of sound and groove and individual development he gather support among the crowd and also among DJs.
He will steadily display his ability and his personality which cannot be ignored.

https://soundcloud.com/yasuhisa-okano

// Kenji Tazaki (Bass Works Recordings) From Osaka//

Grew up in classical musical environment and naturally attached to piano in childhood. In middle of his 10′s, used to play the bass in a band.
and led him into a DJ in west Japan in 2007 and eventually started producing club tracks in 2009. Currently based in Berlin and pursue his possibility.

https://soundcloud.com/kenjitazaki

// DHADHA” (4-Beat Entertainment) From Kobe //

He started DJ in 2004, belongs to fanxsmusic as “DJ1000DREAM”. He is based in west side of Japan, played at famous places like Zepp Osaka, Creative Centre Osaka, etc. He also played with famous foreign artists.
In 2006, he started to play as “Mitsuda Daisuke”, exploring new genre of music. His mix-work with House, Techno, Deep House, and Chillout are really unique and intelligent. “Mitsuda Daisuke” was catapulted into fame in club scene in Japan.
He works also as a promotor, he established “4-Beat Entertainment”, produces artists and does comprehensive management energetically.
In 2014, he visited Ibiza to expand his fields in Europe, after that he moved to Berlin. He absorbed the essence of Techno there, and started to play as “DHADHA” ”, aimed to sublime his music as an artwork. His mix “The Ibiza 2015” ranked the first place on “beatport”. His great works brought sensation to the audience, he achieved the brilliant feat as a first Japanese. His musical quality has been known, he played more than 10 times in Ibiza, and he held an event and did headliner in Ibiza in 2015. His enthusiasm and stoic attitude towards music, spreads vivid impression to audience’s mind.

https://soundcloud.com/disuke-mituda

// Hideto Omura (Robsoul Recordings) From Nagoya //

Having been inspired by the skills and sounds of Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Cajmere et al, Omura took to the decks himself back in the early naughties. His natural beat running, mixing swing and selection always guarantee an enviable energy and electricity on dance floor. A move to Germany accelerated Hideto’s increasing appetite for the studio and it wasn’t long before he was creating beats of his own.

https://soundcloud.com/hideto-omura
https://www.facebook.com/hidetoomuraofficial/



Andrea Wan interview

We reproduce herebelow parts of the interview made in March 2016 by Urban Spree Resident Artist Andrea Wan to the zuccaBlogZine. After 4 years in Berlin, the talented HK-born, canadian illustrator speaks in-depth about her education, artistic path, move to Berlin, experience and techniques.

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Berlin based Visual Artist Andrea Wan, has been an active member of the bustling Berlin art scene for the past four years. She is currently working out of the Urban Spree studios where she commits herself to the wonders of her magical ink techniques, that extend to her dreamlike themes.

zBZ // You were born in Hong Kong, China and grew up in Vancouver, Canada, can you share a bit of your experience coming to setup your new life in Berlin, Germany, for the
first time?

Andrea Wan // It was back in 2012, I decided that I wanted to move to Europe for a change but didn’t know where. After a visit to Berlin I felt that it’s a potential place to live. I told my Vancouver friend all about Berlin after my first visit here, and one month later she told me that she just quit her job and got her visa to move to Berlin. At that time she had never even been to Berlin before. So after that I made up my mind and felt that I also had to come. I initially moved here with my ex-boyfriend Cyril, who is now also my studio mate. We were really excited about moving here, we didn’t know what to expect it was kinda of a spontaneous choice. The first experiences was that it’s a huge city with a lot to offer, and everything was really new and exciting and very different from back home, just like a new playground to explore. After 4 years I still love it here and want to stay longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

zBZ // How has the German language effected or influenced your daily life here in Berlin? How do you find Berlin as a city to live and work in?

Andrea Wan // I think because I’m a freelancer that makes it easier, to not be able to speak the language, right away and Im still in the process of learning German. It kinda gets in the way, everyday, but it’s not a huge problem for me right now.
Living and working here is very flexible because it’s a very laid back city, filled with a lot of musicians, artists, freelancers and writers. I find that this city pushes you to focus on yourself and really think about what you want, without external influences. And, also there’s a sense of freedom here. I want to be able to speak German though it’s going to take quite a while, because whilst having a job, it’s hard for me to split the time. Ideally, I would want to have proper conversations with people in German.

Read the full interview on the zuccaBlogZine