According to one of the latest criminal research, the crimes tend to occur easily where there are many scribbles or many destroyed things left behind. On the other hand, by showing the index that shows the place is managed in order to prevent scribbles or subversive activities, criminal rates will be reduced.
Setting this theory to a background, it is interesting to consider about an expansion of street arts while feeling about one of the reasons why street arts are not that popular in Japan.
Today I am going to introduce “Back Jumps – the Live Issue #2“, the exhibition to tell about the present of street arts that are planned again because of their success two years ago. Invitng various artists from not only Berlin, but also San Paulo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and other countries all over the world whose field is the street , it was held centering Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.
Let me introduce some of artists and their exhibits from that here.
NUG & PIKE (Stockholm): Draw lines on the wall by spray, videotape the running performance, and left the trace of the performance as an installation.
DOWNEY & DARIUS JONES (New York): Make imitations of signals, signs and street lights everywhere in the town and set those up secretly; exhibiting those as a documentary.
SWOON (New York): The installation that effectively combines and stick cutout pictures of impressing drawings on the paper directly or on the box.
IEPE (Rotterdam/Berlin): Took a documentary image of the installation that is raining only on a big tree in front of a station.
NEON (Berlin): Objects and paintings that turned dynamic handwritings into 3-D which is pretty common in graffiti.
ther than these, there was a tour planned to introduce street arts of Berlin with an original map. In addition, as a part of this project, a party, dance shows, and workshops were held.
There was a very interesting project on the corner of the plan, It is called “gallery automatique“. Inside of a capsule toy bender there is a relatively bigger red capsule; and each of those store works of each artists. Guests put one Euro in the bending machine, and they will not know what they will get until turning a lever. It is what you call a treasured art casket.
In the capsule I got by putting an Euro, there was a quatered small photograph (color printed) and a paper with the name and email address of the artist. It seems to be basically a set of a work and a cutline was inside of each capsules.
Furthermore, as far as I saw, there was a work that stuffed a capsule with punched 192 colors sample from Gerhard Richter’s postcard, or wrapped up films that the artist had already taken with packing paper with a writing says it is needed to be developed.
Backjump Issue #2
Date: 20th August – 16th October, 2005
Place: Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Address: Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin