In the course of June 2012, The Urban Spree project will come to life.
After more than a year of hard work, heavy location scouting, and planning, we are very excited to launch soon our new Berlin-based project, Urban Spree.
Located within the R.A.W. Tempel’s compound, one of the last alternative places in the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Urban Spree is a multi-faceted initiative focused on the City.
Berlin’s fascinating history and contemporary urban redeployment makes it a location of choice in Europe to exhibit urban cultures, mixing thoughts and artists in a vibrant and stimulating environment.
Our objective is to build a creative exhibition space mixing artists inspired by cities, urban landscapes, industrial legacies, urban decay, urban utopies, megalopolis, transportation and energy, ecological practices… in a large display of creative talents (street and graffiti artists, photographers, musicians, plasticians, authors, illustrators…).
We wish to invite artists whose work, while not necessarily focused on Berlin, revolves around the City and captures its mutations through a wide variety of media and urban practices. It is also intended to develop a particular relationship with non-Berliner artists and encourage them to showcase their work in Berlin and develop bonds with the city, its inhabitants and visitors.
Urban Spree is shaped around four pillars:
– The Ateliers/Artists’ Labs where artists and designers produce their work in an open, collaborative way and engage with the public through creative, DIY workshops;
– An indoor/outdoor exhibition space devoted to street art, urban photography, and street cultures;
– A store devoted to urban cultures with our selection of books documenting street art, photography, street cultures + magazines, documentaries, music, as well as limited editions screenprints and t-shirts crafted in the Ateliers by our resident or visiting artists;
– An outdoor space consisting of mobile street food and bar units.
Construction work will now begin.
We’ll be posting frequent news on the progress of the works during the month of May through the Blog, facebook and twitter of Urban Spree.