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Posted by SB on October 11th 2021 in Other

A topographic landscape, painted

Posted by SB on October 10th 2021 in Installation/Sets

Concentrico Festival, Logroño 2021

Discovering cities, embracing the architecture from the perspective of a painter, a skater or a graffiti writer is different, because they none of them would go to the same places as a typical tourist or traveler.
The way of observing their surrounding is different: every corner is a potential spot, an inspiration or something that leads to a new idea. It could be a new board trick or a way to scan the different structures and colours of those particular surfaces.

As someone who’s into painting, skateboarding and writing, you look for nichesand read the surfaces of buildings. You try to define the potential of theses urban landscapes.
Each surface is an opportunity to re-imagine or redefine it.

This brings us to the concept of how we thought about our project in Logroño, how can we intervene, how can we occupy or reclaim the city by applying our philosophy.
Where skaters, writers or artists are relates to where life is.
We saw this so many times already, areas that were abandoned that didn’t have much quality of life about them, there we were always the first people to discover the potential and to improvise and make the best out of it on a limited budget. All theses social micro interventions can’t really be planed, they grow naturally point to the potential of the location.
The creativity and endurance to try again and again, to fail, to make mistakes and to eventually achieve your goals. To be open to learning and enduring. The loyalty, cohesion, the exchange, it’s all a part of a philosophy that we absorbed by being part of the graffiti and skateboard scenes. This was supplemented and enhanced by our work as artists.

With this project we would like to give something back, to find the potential of this area in Logroño, to hopefully bring life back to this place. We want do this with our work ie. via the power of color. We want to broadcast the idea that this place is more than just a parking lot…

📸 Joséma Cutillas
Paint supply: Matias Jadraque

Goethe Institut Madrid

Arcades sobre Arcades

Posted by SB on August 10th 2021

Tropics Paris released our latest screen-print edition, that was carefully printed on a 50×70 cm format by Le Mont-Presse in Paris.

The story of the artwork starts in São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil, earlier this year 2021.
It is actually a version of the wall painting: »Poetry of views: arcades upon arcades«, which was part of an exhibition at Chão slz together with Marcia de Aquino curated by Dinho araujo in January 2021.

This work is a very personal one, which brings back plenty of beautiful memories of friendship and inspiration. Can’t wait to be back to see all my dear friends over there. Thank you all for the love and support during my last stay.

Saudade!

Britzenale 2021

Posted by SB on August 6th 2021 in Exhibitions

The Berlin Britzenale is an interdisciplinary exhibition project in the middle of an allotment garden in the Neukölln district of Britz. On the site, with 62 plots ranging in size from 200 to 400 square meters, the ‘Britz Biennale’ explores this spatial and social model characteristic to Berlin and opens it to the public for one weekend.

Allotment gardens form a historically grown, culturally, ecologically and socially significant resource in Berlin. Increased environmental awareness, sustainable consumer and dietary behavior, and the ongoing pandemic have made ‘allotment gardens’ and urban gardening highly attractive.

The exhibition project Berlin Britzenale with its changing thematic focuses aims to achieve a conscious opening of the allotment gardens to the general public and to enable dialogue and discourse between art and allotment gardens.

By strolling through the site, the place with its small units opens up in its entirety and allows layers of time, different designs and approaches to be consciously observed, which usually happens only fleetingly, if at all.For the artistic implementation, the artists of the third edition of the Berlin Britzenale are now entering into a dialogue with the tenants and their respective gardens.

 

The participating artists of this year are:

Art Ashram (collective), Marina Camargo, Bogomir Ecker, Erik Göngrich, Vanessa Henn, Deborah Jeromin, Kathrin Köster & Yala Juchmann, André Linpinsel, Pätzug / Hertweck, stay hungry (Michel Aniol, Anaïs Edely, János Fodor & Meike Kuhnert), Matthias Schamp, Sonya Schönberger, Pola Sieverding, Stefania Smolkina, 44flavours (Sebastian Bagge and Julio Rölle) and Alvaro Urbano.

In addition, the two allotment artists Joachim Schwarz and Klaus Stretzke will exhibit their works.
The banner “Liberté” by Raul Walch will accompany the weekend, as it did at the two previous Britzenale.

 

Opening hours
Friday, 06 August, 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, 07 August, 12-7 p.m.
Sunday, 08 August, 12-7 p.m.

 

Britzenale program:

Saturday, 07 August 2021, 12-2 p.m.
Britzenale talk about art and nature in Stadt und Land on the Vereinsplatz with Chris Hilmer-Benedict (cultural scientist, project space operator, ex. Board of the Netzwerk freier Berliner Projekträume as well as member of the Spokesperson’s Circle of the Coalition of the Free Scene), Ilona Kálnoky (visual artist, participant of the second Britzenale and co-founder of the UM Festival in the Uckermark), Marco Clausen (co-founder of Prinzessinnengarten and Neighborhood Academy) and Christof Zwiener (artistic director of the Britzenale).

Saturday, 07 August 2021, 9-10 p.m.
Britzenale Summer Cinema Fäden / Μπερδεμένες κλωστές by Deborah Jeromin.

Sunday, 08 August 2021, 3 p.m.
Britzenale reading with Deborah Jeromin from her book Fallschirmseide / Μετάξι Αλεξιτώτων, published by Spector Books.

 

Idea, staging and artistic director

Christof Zwiener