We found – 13 articles for Moscow

Hyperboloid Records Night. Moscow – Berlin.

The futuristic Moscow label Hyperboloid Records is back in town and this time they mean business.

Hyperboloid guys are pushing things forward and after having a number of explosive performances under their belt during the Asia Tour 2018 the crew is full of excitement to return to Berlin to showcase their original material as well as a glimpse into the electronic music of the far East.

Here at the cozy and colorful Urban Spree the Winter Tour 2019 kicks off, which will then continue throughout the other cool European cities. As more dates will be added during the following months, please like / follow Hyperboloid Records to know all you need to know about your future.

The night will feature following players taking the stage:

Summer Of Haze (weedwave, rave)
► https://soundcloud.com/summer-of-haze

A.Fruit (bass, future beats & footwork)
► https://soundcloud.com/annafruit

Gleb Raumskaya (LIVE / bass techno & hardcore)
► https://soundcloud.com/raumskaya

cadeu (LIVE / ethereal experimental)
► https://soundcloud.com/ccaaddeeuu

Sergey Saburov (all things bass and rave)
► https://soundcloud.com/saburov

Entrance 5-10 Euro. Pay what you can to support the artists.

 

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The 10 Best Street Art Books of 2018

Berlin-based specialized bookshop and gallery Urban Spree releases the list of the “10 Best Street Art Books of 2018“, a compilation of this year’s best titles. Although purely subjective, it reflects several trends playing in the book market:

 

– a renewed focus on the works of the pioneers of the 1960-70s through an academic approach;

– an increase in artist monographs which put more emphasis on their studio works;

– we have entered the era of “post-graffiti”

– but vandal graffiti and underground street art resist well the assimilation;

 

The list of the best publications of 2018 comes in no particular order.

 

1° John Divola: Vandalism

One of the most striking books of the year, “Vandalism” singles out itself by the sobriety of its approach.It consists of a black-and-white photographic series shot over 2 years in the mid-70s by the American photographer John Divola. Divola travelled across L.A. in search of vacant and dilapidated properties in which to shoot his project. Armed with a camera, spray paint, string and cardboard, the artist would produce one of his most significant photographic series, painting abstract constellations of graffiti-like marks, ritualistic configurations of string hooked to pins, torn arrangements of cardboard, and photographing it.

Vandalism” is not per se a “street art book” but rather a photobook crossing over both genres. The best example of a crossover book would be Bruce Davidson’s “Subway“, a series of portraits shot on the gritty NYC subway in the 70s where graffiti abounds but is only a sub-context, not the main topic (unlike Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant’s vernacular documentary photographic oeuvre whose main purpose is to specifically document graffiti).

 

Published by MACK Books, UK, in April 2018

Embossed paper-bound hardback

120 pages, 23.5 cm x 23.5 cm

Buy it here

 

2° Rafael Schacter: Street to Studio

“These are artists who are thus not slavishly reproducing their exterior practice within an interior realm but who are, rather, taking the essence of graffiti – its visual principles, its spatial structures, its technical methods, its entrenched ethics – and reinterpreting them with the studio domain,”writes Rafael Schacter in his introduction of his book Street to Studio.

We have entered the post-graffiti era. At a time where the graphic codes of street art are permeating most spheres of culture and entertainment, street artists have simultaneously enjoyed the favor of galleries and collectors and therefore have strongly developed their studio practice, when it was not in their ADN since the begining. What comes out is a blended space, where the artist works on both surfaces, the wall and the canvas, oscillating between different scales, the large and the intimate. Is this becoming a new paradigm in the art world?

The book introduces the concept of  ‘Intermural Art’ – art in-between the walls – to reflect that transition and has the merit of putting the emphasis on more conceptual players in the game (Brad Downey, Ian Strange, Boris Tellegen…) rather than usual suspects.

 

Published by Lund Humphries in July 2018

Edited by Rafael Schacter with a foreword by Carlo McCormick

Hardcover, 218 colour illustrations

224 Pages, 27 × 24,9 cm

Buy it here

 

3° David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake At Night

Beginning in the late 1970s, the American artist David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, and activism. Largely self-taught, he came to prominence in New York in the 1980s, a period marked by creative energy, financial precariousness, and profound cultural changes. Intersecting movements—graffiti, new and no wave music, conceptual photography, performance, and neo-expressionist painting—made New York a laboratory for innovation. Wojnarowicz refused a signature style, adopting a wide variety of techniques with an attitude of radical possibility. Distrustful of inherited structures, he varied his repertoire to better infiltrate the prevailing culture.

Wojnarowicz’s work documents and illuminates a desperate period of American history: that of the AIDS crisis and culture wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s. But his rightful place is also among the raging and haunting iconoclastic voices, from Walt Whitman to William S. Burroughs, who explore American myths, their perpetuation, their repercussions, and their violence. Wojnarowicz, who was thirty-seven when he died from AIDS-related complications, wrote: “To make the private into something public is an action that has terrific ramifications.”

 

Published by Yale University Press in July 2018

Hardcover, 384 pages

160 color + 100 b/w illustrations

Buy it here

 

4° BLU: Minima Muralia

Italian street artist BLU is one of the few street artists refusing to compromise with the art market, unwilling to translate his brillant art onto canvas, staying true to the origins of the movement – an underground, non-monetized, ephemeral, illegal & outdoor art practice for which the context and the meaning are the most important elements.

While Banksy excels in subverting the codes of the art world, BLU refuses them and strikes back, erasing the murals he painted to fight their monetization (Bologna, Berlin).

Minima Muralia” presents each mural painted by the artist during the last 15 years, more than 200 walls.

 

 

Published by Zooo Press in March 2018

288 full color pages

17×24 cm, lay flat swiss binding

Buy it here

 

5° One Week With 1UP

Which brings us to the last frontier within the realm of the urban arts: graffiti. “One Week with 1UP” is the second published book by and about the legendary Berlin-based vandal graffiti crew 1UP.  This time, the Kreuzberg crew embarks NYC-based legendary documentary photographer Martha Cooper and Berlin-based photographer Ninja K. in a series of underground actions, through tunnels, rooftops, featuring high pressure fire extinguisher tags, roll-downs, roll-ups, street bombings, whole cars and backjumps in a first-hand account.

1UP is the ultimate modern graffiti crew in the 21st century: large, everywhere, powerful, fearless, defiant, invisible.

 

Self-Published, Berlin, 2018

A project by Martha Cooper, Ninja K. and 1UP

English/German, 144 pages, 31 x 22 cm

Buy it here

 

6° Klone: “Few Moments Ago I Was Here”

Klone is an Ukrianian-born, Tel-Aviv based street artist, a pioneer of graffiti in Israel and a visual artist who was the first to exhibit at Urban Spree and one of the reasons why we did the space in the first place. I stumbled upon his fist published book – “Don’t Sleep”– in 2011 and was so moved by its personal content, poetry, freedom, that I wanted to meet the man and work with him.

8 years later comes Few Moments Ago I Was Here“,  looking over those past 8 years of exhibitions, mural projects, installation, and animations.

“Few Moments Ago I Was Here” is an artist book. By this, we mean a book which is mainly thought, designed, created and published by the artist himself. We always try to get as many self-published and artist books in the bookshop because they are precious and unconventional. Of course they are difficult to source, as we can get our hands only on a small stock, they sell out fast and we need to replace them but we can’t get enough of them.

 

Self-Published, Tel Aviv, November 2018 (Hell No Publication)

Limited edition of 500 copies.

Softcover. Full colour offset print on Munken lynx paper.

Buy it here

 

7° Ian Strange: Islands 2015-2017

Continuing on the self-publication mood and echoing John Divola, the Australian artist Ian Strange  publishes “Islands 2015-2017”, a photographic monograph documenting his interventions on American suburban homes, in the wake of Gordon Matta-Clark or David Wojnarowicz.

Through photography, sculpture, research, found artefacts and drawings, “Island” reflects on the home through the metaphor of the desert island, a place of personal sovereignty but simultaneously entrapment. “Island” interplays the monumental with the intimate and intangible. Exploring the icon of the home as a deeply vulnerable object and personal vessel for memory, identity and aspiration.

 

Self-published

Limited edition of 400 hand numbered and signed books with a concertina print

25 x 34 cm

Buy it here

 

8° Jan Kalab: Point of Space

“Point of Space” is the first published monograph of the Czech graffiti and visual artist Jan Kaláb, covering 25 years of his urban and studio creations, through multiple art forms (paintings, 3D graffiti, bombings, sculptures, installations).

Jan Kaláb started as a pure graffiti writer and achieved fame under the monikers “CAKES” and “POINT”. From there, his practice evolved to murals and studio works, sculptures and canvases and this evolution, patiently documented, is fascinating to follow.

The book was edited by the artist himself with texts by the czech art critic Petr Volf.

 

 

Published by Trafacka/Trafo Gallery Prague, in November 2018

320 pages

Hard Cover, 25 cm x 32,5 cm

Texts by Petr Volf and book design by Jan Novák

Buy it here

 

9° Swet: Book of the Year

 

One of the last published books of 2018, “Book of the Year” is a comprehensive monograph encompassing 1 year of walls by the danish graffiti writer SWET.

A graffiti “tour de force”, all the walls depicted in the book were painted in 2017 and amount to over 300 wall pieces, almost one per day, all of them documented in the book, including some sketches.

The book is bound with a piece of a canvas specially painted by SWET for this project and each book has a different binding, which also highlights the precise work of the dutch artisan publishing house Chemistry Publishing.

 

 

Published in November 2018 by Chemistry Publishing

First Edition of 500

240 pages printed on Munken Crystal Rough

Cover embossed with green linen, 24 x 28,5 cm

Buy it here

 

10° Russian Urban Art: History and Conflict

Street art books are usually more about photographs and visual documentation than text. Few history books actually exist on the graffiti and street art movements, let alone about a peripheral movement such as street art in Russia.

It is therefore the merit of the Russian artist and curator Igor Ponosov to examine the power of street art in Russia by exploring its historical background, extending from the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, to the non-conformists and the actionists of the 21st century.

 

 

Self-Published, Moscow, June 2018

Edition of 500

Hardcover, 20 x 15 cm, 96 pages, English

Buy it here

 



Fanny Kaplan • Pretty Hurts • Philipp Strobel

WEDNESDAYS ARE MY FAVOURITE DAYS TO GO OUT!!!

«Hailing from Moscow, fanny kaplan are a new no-wave/post punk trio. They’re named after the anarchist revolutionary who shot Lenin, so you can kinda guess their music isn’t about compromising and staying in line. Heavy and cold stuff that will make you shiver.»
http://nofannykaplan.bandcamp.com/

«Pretty Hurts are pretty great! Their second release on Rockstar is also their first full length album and it’s a big step forward. If you look up this band in your mental drawer, you’ll find them somewhere between dirty Noise and raunchy Punk.
This young trio from Berlin still delivers great quality noise but incorporates a little bit more melody into their songs since their last release.»
https://prettyhurts.bandcamp.com/

Music before, between and after provided by Philipp Strobel [aufnahme + wiedergabe]

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“Girl Power” Berlin Movie Premiere

Urban Spree is hosting the Berlin Premiere of “Girl Power”, a much-awaited documentary movie presenting the underworld of international female graffiti writers.

Directed by czech female writer Sany, 7 years in the making, spanning 15 cities, portraying the work and lifestyle of 28 graffiti artists and photographers, Girl Power is an intense travelogue that embarks you from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Kabul, Sydney, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona and all the way to the legendary New York pioneer Lady Pink.

The graffiti community is predominantly a man’s world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls. And yet women have become increasingly more emancipated in recent years; there are female graffiti shows, magazines and websites. Girl Power captures the stories of ladies who have succeeded in the male graffiti world.

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However, Girl Power is more than just a look into the graffiti microcosm; it tells the moving story of Czech writer Sany, who decided in 2009 to capture female emancipation in graffiti on film and to give other girls and women the possibility to express themselves. It took her 7 long years to complete the documentary. We follow her life with graffiti, her motivation and values that keep changing as the years go by. We will also meet her family, who are absolutely unaware of Sany’s “second life”. Sany sacrifices a lot for the film, but even when she’s at the end of her tether, she refuses to give up on her dream – to make the very first movie depicting females in graffiti.

http://www.girlpowermovie.com/en

The screening will be preceded by Toys, a short movie directed by Cane Morto and Marco Proserpioand followed by the premiere of the czech hardcore graffiti documentary Low Society.

The screening will be in the Biergarten, in presence of the director of Girl Power + Q & A.

The movie will be in VOST with subtitles in english

Screen prints & Tshirts will be available on the projection’s night.

Urban Spree
Revaler x Warschauer

Doors 19:30

21:00 – 21:10 Toys movie

21:10 – 22:40 Girl Power movie

22:40 – 23:00 Discussion about Girl Power

23:00 – 23:50 Low Society

Entry: 6€



Banquet + Have Blue live

Drivin’ in from the bay them burnin’ Psych’n’Roll Flowers of Banquet are screeching for freedom! Having played tons of shows in California, i.a. Psycho California, these fellows serve you straight and thick 70s-fueled Heavy Psych and Rock’n’Roll! Supported by Berlin’s new Heavy Rollin’ 60s Garage Rock Cream in Have Blue.

➤ BANQUET | San Francisco, CA, USA

Drivin’ in from San Francisco Banquet has formed and is screeching for freedom! With dual ripping lead guitars, howling vocals and a rhythm section that can make a pregnant woman’s water break, these fellows serve you straight and thick 70s-fueled Heavy Psych and Rock’n’Roll! Having played tons of shows in California and opening for bands as Hot Lunch, Radio Moscow, Wild Eyes, Sleepy Sun, Dirty Fences and The Shrine plus their appearance at the last Psycho California, Banquet roll hard on currently. Check them out on their first European tour and the first Berlin gig!

➤ HAVE BLUE I Berlin, DE

Loud. Fast. Wild. Primitive. Hailing from Berlin and rising from the ashes of his former band MOON – Garage Stoner Blues Duo, the new phoenix of guitarist and vocalist Marco Cecelka goes by the name Have Blue. After opening the last Magnificent Music Night at Bassy Club this new trio convinced us to invite them – bringing on Heavy 60s Garage Rock and pure satisfaction in this night!

 

Di 19.04.2016
Urban Spree Berlin
Doors 20.30h | Show 21.30h

No presale | Doors 10€

Presented by:

HEADZ UP – fb.com/headzupshows
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS – www.heavypsychsounds.com

 

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“Girl Power” Berlin Movie Premiere + Low Society + Toys

Urban Spree is hosting the Berlin Premiere of “Girl Power”, a much-awaited documentary movie presenting the underworld of international female graffiti writers. 

Directed by czech female writer Sany, 7 years in the making, spanning 15 cities, portraying the work and lifestyle of 28 graffiti artists and photographers, Girl Power is an intense travelogue that embarks you from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Kabul, Sydney, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona and all the way to the legendary New York pioneer Lady Pink.

The graffiti community is predominantly a man’s world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls. And yet women have become increasingly more emancipated in recent years; there are female graffiti shows, magazines and websites. Girl Power captures the stories of ladies who have succeeded in the male graffiti world.

1016862_10152387057341576_47539520851571821_n

However, Girl Power is more than just a look into the graffiti microcosm; it tells the moving story of Czech writer Sany, who decided in 2009 to capture female emancipation in graffiti on film and to give other girls and women the possibility to express themselves. It took her 7 long years to complete the documentary. We follow her life with graffiti, her motivation and values that keep changing as the years go by. We will also meet her family, who are absolutely unaware of Sany’s “second life”. Sany sacrifices a lot for the film, but even when she’s at the end of her tether, she refuses to give up on her dream – to make the very first movie depicting females in graffiti.

http://www.girlpowermovie.com/en

The screening will be preceded by Toys, a short movie directed by Cane Morto and Marco Proserpio and followed by the premiere of the czech hardcore graffiti documentary Low Society.

The screening will be in the Biergarten, in presence of the director of Girl Power + Q & A.

The movie will be in VOST with subtitles in english

Screen prints will be available on the projection’s night.

http://www.girlpowermovie.com/en

Urban Spree
Revaler x Warschauer

Doors 19:30

21:00 – 21:10 Toys movie

21:10 – 22:40 Girl Power movie

22:40 – 23:00 Discussion about Girl Power

23:00 – 23:50 Low Society

Entry: 6€