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The Ruins of Detroit: Urban Decay

The Ruins of Detroit_01Through ‘The Ruins of Detroit‘, French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre explore the history of Detroit, its consanguine association with the notion of progress through the automotive industry and its current state of postindustrial decline. Detroit in essence is a magnifying loop of what once was and possibly awaits America. Having been several times in Detroit, I am fascinated by the the footprints of industrial backlash, the notion of shrinking cities (Detroit’s downtown shrank from 1 m inhabitants at its peak in the 20’s to a mere 100.000 nowadays), no man’s land areas, urban cemeteries, low density spaces and how inhabitants move away when jobs are gone, how the nature takes its revenge when spaces are vacated. Detroit is a fascinating story. Detroit is a romantic story: the romanticism of urban ruins, a postindustrial phenomenon akin to the revival of antique ruins in the xix century.

The Ruins of Detroit is a photobook published by Steidl Verlag, now in its 3rd edition. It is available at Urban Spree in Berlin or online in our bookstore here.


Vampillia with VMO Violent Magic Orchestra & Tooth Decay

Vampillia, Violent Magic Orchestra, & Tooth Decay
at Urban Spree, Revaler Str. 99
18. April 2018 – 20h

Vampillia official (Important Records/Virgin Babylon Records) is next alternative music from Osaka, Japan. Ten-piece ‘brutal orchestra’ mixing noise, heavy metal guitars, neo-classical srings & piano, and operatic vocals.


VMO Violent Magic Orchestra (Throatruiner Records), a more electronic-oriented side-project of Vampillia, will also perform:


And opening, local Berlin « sci-fi ladden weird scientist ambient fueled drone » noise artist Tooth Decay (Low Perspective):


Urban Spree Store in Berlin

The Urban Spree Bookshop is located in the gallery and displays a hand-picked, organic selection of street art, graffiti and photography books whose common thread is a vision of cities, post-industrial & decayed spaces. The shop includes a large selection of screen prints made by local & international street artists that we personally know. The Print Shop also offers an array of locally-designed and produced screen printed T-Shirts.



The Urban Spree art store is located at the corner of Warschauer Str. and Revaler Str. and is open everyday except Monday from 12:00 to 19:00.

The Urban Spree Project

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.

Maggot Heart, Slaegt

Two of the most exciting bands to emerge from the underground in recent years, Maggot Heart and Slægt are joining forces for a wild ride across Europe in the fall.

Maggot Heart will release in July their debut album, “Dusk to Dusk”- expanding on the sound of the “City Girls” EP, which garnered raving reviews and has sold out two pressings already, their music shuns categorizations and moves freely between post-punk and hard rock, with two feet firmly standing in dark territories of the mind and tales of urban decay.

Denmark’s Slægt rose to prominence in 2017 with the much acclaimed second album “Domus Mysterium”, a triumphant blend of classic heavy metal and black metal atmosphere, often reminiscent of Dissection’s past opus with a personal, slightly wild streak.

Both bands have been very active on the live front in 2017, partecipating in some of the most prestigious festival such as Roadburn, Chaos Descends, Muskelrock and Roskilde Festival and touring incessantly.

As the shadows grow longer and the days colder, both bands will swarm once again across the European soil in a co-headlining tour that promises to be one of the highlight of 2018.
Be sure not to miss them at this show!


Tickets available here.

Open Air Screening of 'Everybody Street' with a photographic installation by Martha Cooper

10568799_829139180443138_3864849568536326862_nOn Friday August 15th 2014, Urban SpreeUrban NationMobile Kino & W – Doubleyou team up to bring you an exceptional event with the open air projection of Everybody Street, a fascinating documentary on New York City street photography featuring some of Urban Spree’s all-time favorite photographers such as Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, and legendary graffiti & hip hop photographer Martha Cooper.

If you are familiar with the Urban Spree bookstore concept, you know that our hand-picked selection of photobooks is all about street photography, postindustrial sites, urban decay, street art and the underground… So, when Mobile Kino came with the idea of an outdoor screening of this great documentary about NYC street photographers, we were thrilled with the idea, mostly that the film happily blends the genre between street photography in its documentary/classical way with the street art/graffiti scene.

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Both the film director –Cheryl Dunn, and Martha Cooper will be exceptionally present for the screening and thereafter.

Cheryl Dunn, who has been documenting the streets of NYC for over two decades, will address the audience through a Q&A session.

1300 images of Martha Cooper will be projected on different screens in a unique gallery installation.

Martha Cooper’s pioneering book (co-authored with Henry Chalfant), ‘Subway Art’, will be available in the bookshop.

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Urban Spree Gallery // Doors 20:00 // Film starts 21:30

Interview with Cheryl Dunnhttp://www.dazeddigital.com/photography/article/16732/1/cheryl-dunn-everybody-street