Share and share alike and like and share – all offline

Plug in, drop in, plug out, drop out

Plug in, drop in, plug out, drop out

This week we spotted something that has been doing the rounds for a long time over the sea and far away in the US of A, but it was started by a Berlin artist in 2010, so it has it’s roots in this here hub of creativity. It is called Dead Drops

Aram Bartholl was living in New York when he came up with an art project to allow people to share ideas, thoughts, texts and images physically and not through the new / old tried and tested route of the interweb.

Aram Bartholl started a movement to place USB sticks in public places, secured with concrete and poly filler for people to access the content on the sticks, leave their own content and to potentially build on others ideas.

The sticks have been placed outside galleries, in subway stations, in deserted street brick walls and anywhere that the public might be able to spot them.

More information on this can be found through this article, we will let you read there.

The idea of art sharing is nothing new and something that we love at SF, collaboration between strangers is quite an interesting idea. To allow another to take on your idea or work and shape it is the perfect way to allow organic growth, a pure kind of progressional collaboration.

There is a Dead Drops website that charts where the USBs are, we are yet to find one in Berlin or even in Germany, indeed it seems Europe has not got fully on the vibe, there is one in good Old Bristol, a couple in Italy and on in France. Maybe a time for SF to start this….

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Picture of the Day – Hanging Airplane – Roman Signer

This week is Berlin Art Week, a week of interesting shows to check out, and to kick things off SF made a little visit to see Kitfox Experimental by Roman Signer at Kindl. While it is a fairly short and sweet experience, it is definitely worth it.

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Housed at the former Kindl brewery, the piece is quite striking and as a moving installation makes for a perfect short, sharp injection of culture on a lunch break.

More to come on BAW14 shortly….

Picture of the Day – To Scale Bell

Al Fresco Penis

Al Fresco Penis

A certain Martin Creed was certainly put on this earth to make waves, to challenge thoughts, to amuse, enthrall, disgust and generally make everyone challenge their own perception of what they think about themselves, others and every life. Head to the Hayward for a rather eclectic and epileptic experience

Satellite of Colour in Berlin

Colour TV

Colour TV

On SF we have oft mentioned that the streets of Berlin are a mixture of dark walls and flashing luminosity in the form of graf and stencils. What we had not found previously was the pride taken in the TV receptors that adorn the flats and high rises of Yorkstrasse.

 

Living Satellite

Living Satellite

Satellite art is the latest display of individualism in Berlin and mostly displayed by the thriving immigrant population in the multi-cultural Kreuzberg area of the city.

Sky scraper

Sky scraper

We love these because it is everything from a doodle, to a flag of their homeland, to family portraits, to displays of loyalty to their football teams through to beautiful scenes of moons and stars in the sky.

In this day and age where we are surrounded by concrete jungles and block upon block of identical human cages. These little displays of colour, belonging and pride are something to really rather cherish.

A dip into the ICA

Sometimes you want a quick artistic immersion, short and sweet. Like a quickie before heading out to meet friends. Well the ICA is SF’s fave for this very thing.

See what you will......

See what you will……

At the moment you have Lutz Bacher with Black Beauty , Design by John Cheim and Zhang Enil’s Space Painting

Mini review now.

Lutz Bacher, loved the imagined chess board, it has a life size Elvis after all, very playful and something easy to relate to and interpret as you please. SF enjoys art that does not give a prescriptive or obvious meaning but merely sets some themes and ideas and lets the viewer wander and wonder of into them.

Design – John Cheim, iconic collection of books he has designed for a variety of names such as Warhol and Bruce Webber featuring Madge, Matt Dillon and a fellow draped in a wet dog.

Zhang Enil’s Space Painting, taking over the entire room by the café, long brush strokes create a very smooth effect. For SF the effect is not dramatic enough/. Personal taste and all that

The Don of Portraits

Unmistakable style

Unmistakable style

A little return to street art for SF, after a little search for some nice piece by a certain Paul Don Smith (link missing as his website seems to be down, so find it yourself you lazy so and so’s)

Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key

PDS has been an active artist on the streets of London for over 25 years, his pieces are unmissable and you could not confuse them with anyone also, dreamy colouring of culturally relevant characters have come to be synonymous with the artist. Not exclusively a street artist or one for galleries, just an artist who choses the place and subject and gets on with it, some may say too commercial being that he has done many a celebrity but if it spreads the work then who are we to argue.

Familiar faces from London 2012

Familiar faces from London 2012

PDS uses both stencils and free hand spraying which in itself shows his versatility and skill.

Swallow Your Pride

Swallow Your Pride

Marlon

Marlon

If you hit Brick Lane and just around by the Barbican centre you will be able to find numerous Paul Don Smith pieces