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Various & Gould: Identikit Generator

In 2007, the Berlin-based artist duo Various & Gould launched the Identikit series, a reflection on multiple identities, through a choice of faces & words composing endless variations and contradictions.

10 years later, the duo is invited by the Leipzig Book Fair 2018 to introduce an updated version of the series, focused on Europe and its numerous crises and issues.

This project discusses the topic of immigration, identities and clichés. Identities are highly complex and always diverse whereas clichés are the embodiment of simplification.

To visualize this issue, Various & Gould have chosen a technique known from children’s books. Portraits of prominent personages and words are horizontally cut into strips enabling to rearrange them in endless variations. There are numerous different options – some make sense, some do not, but most invoke images confronting the viewer with own stereotypes and clichés.

The duo has developed a digital version, where users can compose their own motives and then publish online. So far, the version uses only german words but an english version should be available soon.

You can access the generator here: http://variousandgould.com/identikit-generator/



Tschüss Winter, wir machen wieder auf!

Urban Spree opens this years spring season of our Biergarten on Saturday April 7th with a fantastic selection of live outdoor concerts, and super sunny vibes of our DJ friends.

Join us as we transform our garden into a market space, with food vendors, and a hand selection of draught beer so missed over the winter months.

The Urban Spree Gallery and Store will remain open late with our hand-picked books and screen prints as well as the exhibition from NYC-based artist Bisco Smith.

We are also happy to announce the Grand Opening of the Sneeer Store at Urban Spree. Powered by our Resident Artist Rylsee, the Sneeer Store will display a selection of super fresh sweaters, hoodies, t-shirts & caps!

We will also welcome back the opening of our resident Tattoo Studio Amor de Madre #Berlin

Free Entry from 2pm!

BANDS
BOBBY Rausch
Kamoos
Dirty Feetz

Food Vendors
Mama Shabz
– Dedeede

Garden DJ’s
Andrew Claristidge

Late night
Happy Endings

Live sets
https://www.mixcloud.com/199Radio/240218-daniel-cherney/
https://thenycdownlow.com/2017/08/11/husband-in-honour-of-tuntenhaus/
https://www.mixcloud.com/KELMHO/kelmho-disco-infusion-mix/

Happy Endings is a multisexual rave from London, fuelled with erotic aesthetics. Safe space but no echo chamber, challenging musically too. Residents Prince Of Deptford and Marilena and special guests Husband and Kelmho travel from the darkest corners of techno to the brightest moments of pop with an intriguing consistence. The beautiful drag host Cherry was born to dance on the bar. You can watch or join.Free Entry from 2pm!

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Michael Schmidt’s “Waffenruhe” reprinted

30 years after its original and only release in 1987, Michael Schmidt’s legendary and long out-of-print photobook “Waffenruhe (“Ceasefire“) – considered as the best photobook about Berlin at the time of the Wall – is now being republished by Walther Koenig and Stiftung für Fotografie und Medienkunst.

The photographic series was originally exhibited in Berlin in 1987 at the Berlinische Galerie in GropiusBau. In Waffenruhe, Schmidt shows West Berlin shortly before the fall of the Wall by combining portraits of youths with images of anonymous sites bordering the Wall and the Wall itself. As is characteristic of his work, it is the arrangement of the individual photographs and the use of high contrasts — the interplay and dialogue between the multi-layered images — that gives the images their distinct meaning, revealing the correlation between historical events and individual biographies.

Schmidt evokes a world of ruptures and absences that eschews a confident, comprehensive point of view. The images work with Schleef’s text to create a brusque, entirely individual perspective on the fragility of human existence.

This artist’s book – often included on lists of the most influential photographic books of all time – is once again being made available. Two versions are available, german or english.

In addition to the book release, the Volksbühne theater in Berlin is projecting Waffenruhe’s photographs and text on its façade. Curated by Thomas Weski, the projection will be on display every night (from darkness to midnight) until 13.03.2008.

About the Photographer: 

Michael Schmidt was born in 1945 in Berlin, where he died in 2014. His works can be found in national and international collections and have been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

In 1976, Michael Schmidt founded the Werkstatt für Fotografie at VHS Berlin-Kreuzberg, which became a major forum for international discussions on photography in (West) Berlin. In 1987 he exhibited Waffenruhe at Berlinische Galerie. In 1988 the Museum of Modern Art, New York presented the work in the exhibition „New Photography 4″. In 1996 Ein-heit was shown for the first time at MoMA, New York under its English title U-ni-ty. This was the first solo-exhibition of a German photographer at MoMA since decades. In the same year, Ein-heit was presented for the first time in Germany at Sprengel Museum Hanover. In 1995, a first survey exhibition of his work was on view at Museum Folkwang Essen. In 2010 Michael Schmidt presented his comprehensive survey exhibition “Grey as Colour. Photographs since 2009” at Haus der Kunst, Munich. Lebensmittel (Food) was presented in solo exhibitions at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2012), Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2013) and at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2013).

Michael Schmidt participated in the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013, and the Berlin Biennial in 2006 and 2010. In 2014 the artist was awarded with the Prix Pictet for his series “Lebensmittel”.

The Foundation for Photography and Media Art with the Michael Schmidt Archive was founded in 1999, and since the artist’s death is organising and preserving the artist’s archive (www.archivmichaelschmidt.de). Thomas Weski, curator of the Michael Schmidt Foundation, is currently working on a retrospective of the artist’s work at Nationalgalerie Berlin in 2020.

 



Berlin Graphic Days #11

The Berlin Graphic Days #11 will take place in march 2018 and we are looking forward to a colorful program!

BERLIN GRAPHIC DAYS FESTIVAL # 11 – from Friday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 4th.
>>>> THE ORIGINAL <<<<

Program:

Friday from 6 pm:

– Night Market
– Live Paintings
– Live Music
– Opening Party til late

Saturday: Art Festival from 12pm to 10pm
Sunday: Art Festival, 12pm to 9pm

The famous Berlin Graphic Days Festival will take place in the Urban Spree gallery.

More than 60 national and international designers, illustrators, silkscreeners, and many more kind of artists emerging from a large range of graphic fields will present and sell their artworks.

Berlin Graphic Days is the crossroad between exhibition, festival, market and sale.

Many different pieces including screen printing posters, colorful and meaningful t-shirts, unique pieces, books, pictures as well as numerous graphic original works will be shown to the public.

To accompagny this great event we have also planned for you : live painting, tasty food trucks, Djs and live bands.

Entrance fee :
Day ticket: 5€

Opening times :
Fri 02.03. : 18:00 – open end
Sat 02.03. : 12:00 – 22:00
Sun 04.03. : 12:00 – 21:00

Dear exhibitors, dear friends, please send all inquiries to charlotte.granma@gmx.de !

We look forward to seeing you!



Wrekmeister Harmonies

Wrekmeister Harmonies
+ special support
Doors 8 pm
Ticket presale starts Monday, January 29th 2018
12 €

Wrekmeister Harmonies return to Urban Spree to present their new album, “The Alone Rush”, their first as the core duo of JR Robinson and Esther Shaw. “The Alone Rush” is a hauntingly intense and dark meditation on death and isolation, whose concise compositions carry an emotional heft without the orchestrated bombast of their previous four albums.

After confronting the dual tragedies of the death of a loved one and the exhaustive experience of caring for another family member with a chronic illness, Robinson and Shaw removed themselves from the intensity of Chicago living to the seclusion of Astoria, Oregon. With little else besides their instruments, the couple focused on just two things: healing their psychic wounds and composing. Robinson likened this period to a “cult like affair, just the two of us, thinking the similar thoughts and working them out with hours and hours of conversation, totally alone.” After spending two years in their remote surroundings, together in almost every endeavor, Robinson and Shaw developed an especially intuitive musical communication. Says Robinson it was “almost like two stones being put in a small bag and being carried around constantly. The rough edges wear away. What seemed claustrophobic reveals itself to be comfort.”

The Alone Rush retains Wrekmeister Harmonies’ expansive and ambitious aesthetic, blending waves of ethereal keyboards, haunting string melodies, and crescendos of dissonance, but now turns central focus towards Robinson’s deep, rich, and soothing vocals. The two guests involved in The Alone Rush are longtime friend and Swans drummer Thor Harris, performing minimal drums and clarinet, as well as acclaimed New York producer/engineer Martin Bisi. Keeping the album’s deeply personal subjects in mind, Robinson and Shaw aimed to maintain the material’s emotional potency through an intense intimacy. Harris’s contributions were immediately resonant and in touch with Shaw’s and Robinson’s. It was not until after the recording was complete that Harris informed them about his own deeply personal loss.

Wrekmeister’s work is often based upon literature and The Alone Rush continues in this tradition, specifically through very personal emotions processed with the help of books that involve grief. Thoughts on coping mechanisms, specifically in the age of social media were filtered through works such as George Monbiot’s essay The Age of Loneliness is Killing Us, as well as broader thoughts on the nature of grief itself explored in George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, and depictions of lost life in Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings. Much of the album’s words, and specifically “Forgive Yourself and Let Go,” and are drawn from the musicians’ personal answers to questions one faces when confronting death and the associated sadness, confusion and violence of the event. “There’s a realization, a moment of perfect clarity that comes from meditating on these ideas,” says Robinson, “and that is, at the end of it all, we are perfectly and utterly alone.”

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Video of the Metamorphosis book

Urban Spree Books just published a limited edition artist book with Tavar Zawacki/ABOVE on the occasion of the Californian artist’s solo show at Urban Spree Galerie. 

Zane Meyer from ChopEmDownFilms filmed and edited this video about the “Metamorphosis” book.

You can order a signed copy of the book here.