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Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the iconic “Astronaut Cosmonaut” mural painting in Berlin Kreuzberg, Urban Spree Galerie invites the French street artist Victor Ash for a special pop up exhibition.

The exhibition will be centered around the cult figure of the Astronaut with numerous original/stenciled works on paper and a mural at Urban Spree. A series of screen prints is expected to be released as well.

Alongside Blu’s now gone white characters on the Cuvrybrache, Victor Ash’s “Astronaut Cosmonaut” has achieved a cult mural status for Berlin.

Standing in Berlin-Kreuzberg near Kottbusser Tor and painted during the legendary Backjumps Festival #3 in 2007, the painting of a floating astronaut on 22 x 14 meters strikes a particular chord in Berlin.

For the parisian artist born in 1968 and fascinated by the Cold War, space exploration, graffiti, subcultures & electronic music, Berlin was to become from the mid to late 80s and since then a focal point of his attention, with regular trips to the city alongside artistic projects and residencies.

Victor Ash photographed by Soren Solkaer in 2013

In 2007, the Backjumps Festival – brilliantly curated by Adrian Nabi, gives Victor Ash the occasion to paint a big wall. Victor wants to concentrate and express his past experiences and vision of Berlin, the space race between the USSR and the USA but also the different Berlin subcultures and the desire to escape reality. “I got inspired by the song from David Bowie “Space Oddity” from 1969 in which he tells the story of a astronaut who gets lost in space and later on with the song “Ashes to Ashes” in 1981 where Bowie tells us that the spaceman was in fact a junkie on a trip”.

For the artist, the “Astronaut/Cosmonaut” represents the will to escape to other universes, “like as a little child, I escaped to a fantasy world with my space drawings and as a teenager, I escaped to subcultures to find my identity in the urban environment where I grew up”.

 

Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening Reception: 17.11.2017 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.11.2017 to 10.12.2017

Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-18:30 or by appointment

Gallery and Press enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com



Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the iconic “Astronaut Cosmonaut” mural painting in Berlin Kreuzberg, Urban Spree Galerie invites the French street artist Victor Ash for a special pop up exhibition.

The exhibition will be centered around the cult figure of the Astronaut with numerous original/stenciled works on paper and a mural at Urban Spree. A series of screen prints is expected to be released as well.

Alongside Blu’s now gone white characters on the Cuvrybrache, Victor Ash’s “Astronaut Cosmonaut” has achieved a cult mural status for Berlin.

Standing in Berlin-Kreuzberg near Kottbusser Tor and painted during the legendary Backjumps Festival #3 in 2007, the painting of a floating astronaut on 22 x 14 meters strikes a particular chord in Berlin.

For the parisian artist born in 1968 and fascinated by the Cold War, space exploration, graffiti, subcultures & electronic music, Berlin was to become from the mid to late 80s and since then a focal point of his attention, with regular trips to the city alongside artistic projects and residencies.

Victor Ash photographed by Soren Solkaer in 2013

In 2007, the Backjumps Festival – brilliantly curated by Adrian Nabi, gives Victor Ash the occasion to paint a big wall. Victor wants to concentrate and express his past experiences and vision of Berlin, the space race between the USSR and the USA but also the different Berlin subcultures and the desire to escape reality. “I got inspired by the song from David Bowie “Space Oddity” from 1969 in which he tells the story of a astronaut who gets lost in space and later on with the song “Ashes to Ashes” in 1981 where Bowie tells us that the spaceman was in fact a junkie on a trip”.

For the artist, the “Astronaut/Cosmonaut” represents the will to escape to other universes, “like as a little child, I escaped to a fantasy world with my space drawings and as a teenager, I escaped to subcultures to find my identity in the urban environment where I grew up”.

 

Urban Spree celebrates 10 years of the Astronaut Cosmonaut Wall

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening Reception: 17.11.2017 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.11.2017 to 10.12.2017

Tuesday-Saturday 12:00-18:30 or by appointment

Gallery and Press enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com

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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



“Celebrating European Tech” powered by French Tech Berlin

Startup Kick-Off event of the 2nd French-German Digital Summit

Join us on December 12th at Urban Spree for an evening of celebration!

  • 17:30: Doors Opening
  • 18:30: Welcome speech
  • 18:35: Introduction : Brigitte Zypries, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy,
  • 18:45: Panel discussion with European Tech Rockstars :
    • Alexander Kudlich, Managing Director @ ROCKET INTERNET
    • Eric Wahlforss, co-founder & CTO @ SOUNDCLOUD
    • Ludovic Le Moan, co-founder & CEO @ SIGFOX 
    • Alban Schmutz  Senior Vice-President, Business Dev. & Public Affairs @ OVH

  • 19:15: Pitch session : Meet 6 rising Tech stars
    • Virginie Haas, Chief Revenue Officer @ SHIFT TECHNOLOGY
    • Jakob Schreyer, co-founder & CEO @ ORDER BIRD
    • Michael Froment, co-founder & CEO @ TAG COMMANDER
    • Moritz von Grotthuss, co-founder & CEO @ GESTIGON
    • Jackson Bond, co-founder & CPO @ RELAYR
    • Laure Berment, country manager @ LA RUCHE QUI DIT OUI (THE FOOD ASSEMBLY)
  • 19:50: Until late in the night, Networking, Reception and Party

The event will be moderated by Chris O’Brien, European Correspondent at VentureBeat.
Looking forward to celebrating with you all!



#dailydoodlegram = #dailydoodleberlin

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Urban Spree Gallery invites you to the vernissage of Tel Aviv based illustrator Geffen Rafaeli and her original artwork based on a concept developed from Instagram, the ‘dailydoodlegram’.

Everyday, Geffen chooses a few elements that inspire her from pictures instagramed and hashtagged #dailydoodlegram, and then combine & recreate them into a daily Polaroid-size original illustration.

Since she started it in May 2012, her instagram account reached 29,500 followers worldwide.

With #dailydoodleberlin, the local hashtag of the exhibition, the project becomes local and Berlin is the first city where #dailydoodlegram will become a live experience. Geffen will draw original illustrations from the Berlin pictures as she is doing it on a global scale and through this first experience, will propose a vision of the city, a vision propelled by its inhabitants.

→ Geffen Rafaeli invites people who would like to take part of the Dailydoodlegram performance/exhibition to tag their Berlin Instagram Photos with #dailydoodleberlin as of now. Only one week to go to complete the project!!

Dailydoodlegram by Geffen Rafaeli: http://instagram.com/dailydoodlegram#

 

Opening the 14th of September at 19:00 with the presence of the artist.

Exhibition: 14.09.13 – 20.09.13 in parallel with Ruben Brulat’s ‘Paths’

Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 20:00

Urban Spree Gallery / Art store section

Revaler Str. 99

12045 Berlin

 



#DailyDoodleBerlin by Geffen Rafaeli

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Urban Spree Gallery invites you to the vernissage of Tel Aviv based illustrator Geffen Rafaeli and her original artwork based on a concept developed from Instagram, the ‘Dailydoodlegram’.

Everyday, Geffen chooses a few elements that inspire her from pictures instagramed and hashtagged #dailydoodlegram, and then combine & recreate them into a daily Polaroid-size original illustration.

Since she started it in May 2012, her instagram account reached 30,000 followers worldwide.

With #DailyDoodleBerlin, the local hashtag of the exhibition, the project becomes local and Berlin is the first city where #dailydoodlegram will become a live experience. Geffen will draw original illustrations from the Berlin pictures as she is doing it on a global scale and through this first experience, will propose a vision of the city, a vision propelled by its inhabitants.

→ Geffen Rafaeli invites people who would like to take part of the Dailydoodlegram performance/exhibition to tag their Berlin Instagram Photos with #dailydoodleberlin

Dailydoodlegram by Geffen Rafaeli: http://instagram.com/dailydoodlegram#

Dailydoodlegram has attracted a wide press/blog coverage:

• ”I almost always look for pictures with objects rather than landscapes, something with a focus rather than a panorama. Usually I choose pictures of an object or animal or a figure that can be removed from its context.” Geffen Rafaeli in Haaretz

See  the whole interview Here

• ‘It’s the removal from context that turns these irreverent sketches into art — the way Refaeli can see possibility, magic and weirdness in even the most mundane snapshots.’ Flavorwire

See the whole article Here:

• “I take screen shots of the photos in which I find some object or situation that intrigues me and I collect them during the day. During this process, I usually start to see a link in my mind between the images, and start to build a story.” Geffen Rafaeli in InstagramBlog

See interview Here

 

Opening the 14th of September at 19:00 with the presence of the artist.

Exhibition: 14.09.13 – 20.09.13 in parallel with Ruben Brulat’s ‘Paths’

Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 20:00

Urban Spree Gallery / Art store section

Revaler Str. 99

12045 Berlin

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