The artist Coco Bergholm has completed her mural at Urban Spree for the #StillSTAND Project, a local initiative to expose the contextual work of local street artists during the time of the pandemic/lockdown.
Coco Bergholm deals with the public space as a place of communication and addresses questions relating to possibilities of participation, passive resistance and disappearance.
In her mural for STILLTAND the artist is using a part of a quote by Cesar A. Cruz: « COMFORT THE DISTURBED – DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE ».
You can find an interview of the artist in relation to her wall project on the Urban Presents blog.
Ida Lawrence completed the second part of the @StillSTAND Project in June 2020 at Urban Spree.
Ida’s project revolved around the idea of representing on the wall heard and overheard sentences of common people about the Corona pandemic, graphically representing them as written with chalk on the pavement.
Ida Lawrence was interviewed by the blog Urban Presents about her wall project at Urban Spree and her trajectory as an artist, from her native Sydney to her adopted Berlin.
The Berlin-based artist howtokillagraffiti inaugurated the #StillSTAND Project by painting the first mural of the 4-part series.
The artist uses graffiti to create a structure and then populates it with various figures and shapes, intertwines them, hides them in plain sight. The outcome is a hybrid work between « painting » and graffiti, blurring the lines between the codified form of graffiti and the freestyle element of modern painting.
To learn more about the artist and his background, read the interview of howtokillagraffiti on the blog platform Urban Presents (in English and German).
Just before the official kickoff of our Still STAND project where 4 applications to paint the Urban Spree Artist Wall have been selected – out of 89 submissions – and will unfold over the course of June and July 2020, both Johannes Mundinger and Señor Schnu wanted to give a face lift to the wall after a long winter, and Corona oblige, actually much longer than we had anticipated.
Johannes Mundinger painted the large wall at Urban Spree mid-April 2020 (his third take on the wall, setting thereby a new record) with an abstract composition in tune with the « Leave No One Behind » campaign to repatriate refugee children from camps in Greece.
Shortly after, Señor Schnu took over the Wall with a vibrant composition assembling different elements from propaganda, economics, and positive symbols to make a statement: « We can’t return to normal, because the normal we had was precisely the problem » or how legitimate aspirations to « get back to normal » owing to the corona crisis must instead give way to healthier relationships and a different way to create social links.
As the Still STAND team started to get together for the first upcoming wall of the project, our drone photographer, Lukas Stiller, managed to take spectacular shots of the wall at dusk.
StillSTAND – Paint the wall of Urban Spree! A project of Urban Spree and Senor Schnu
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Artists of all ages and artistic backgrounds can apply to design the famous 15 m x 8 m wall of Urban Spree, which will get a new facelift every 14 days from mid-May onwards. Materials and an artist fee of € 500,- are provided to the selected artists. « The role and relevance of Art in the time of Corona » is the subject of this Open Call.
Artists and cultural workers bring new impulses, especially in these times, and make clear how important art and culture are for society.
Residence in Berlin
Maximum 2 artists* per application (collaboration work or split work)
Send a proposal on the topic (max. 1 A4 page explanation, with rough sketch if desired)
Not to have painted the wall before
If you are interested, send your application with the subject weSTILLSTAND to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is fixed on the 8.5.2020
The jury of the project: Julia Benz (artist), Johannes Mundinger (artist), Katia Hermann (art historian), Senor Schnu (artist and curator) and Urban Spree.
Many thanks to our active sponsors: Molotow, Neis Design Berlin, Pandemic Healing Arts, We did nothing wrong e.V., Sehr Bueno, Katja Askenenka and Sophie Schermer. To make this project thrive, we are still looking for new partners to provide material and alleviate production costs. Potential sponsors can contact Pascal: email@example.com
StillSTAND – Bemale die Wand von Urban Spree! Ein Projekt von Urban Spree und Senor Schnu
Künstler*innen jeden Alters und jeglicher künstlerischen Herkunft können sich bewerben, um die berühmte 15 x 8 meter Wand der Urban Spree zu gestalten, die ab dem mitte Mai alle 14 Tage ein neues Gesicht bekommt. Gestellt werden Material und ein Honorar von € 500,–.
KünstlerInnen und Kulturschaffende bringen neue Impulse, gerade in diesen Zeiten und machen deutlich, wie wichtig Kunst und Kultur für die Gesellschaft ist. Die Rolle und Relevanz von Kunst in Zeiten von Corona sind Thema des Open Calls.
1. Wohnsitz in Berlin 2. Maximal 2 Künstler*innen per Bewerbung 3. Umsetzungsvorschlag zum Thema (max. 1 A4 Seite Erläuterung, gerne mit grobem Entwurf) und 4. du hast die Wand noch nicht bemalt
Kuratiert wird das Projekt von: Julia Benz (Künstlerin), Johannes Mundinger (Künstler), Katia Hermann (Kunsthistorikerin), Senor Schnu (Künstler und Kurator) sowie der Urban Spree Galerie.
Ein grosser Dank geht an die Supporter: Molotow, Neis Design Berlin, Pandemic Healing Arts, We did nothing wrong e.V, Sehr Bueno, Katja Askenenka und Sophie Schermer. Trotz dieser Supporter sind wir noch auf Support sowie Sponsoren angewiesen, um Material sowie Produktionskosten stellen zu können.