What makes the art scene in Berlin so interesting is the fact that art here is not confined to galleries. There is a big effort of local people to turn Berlin into a more colorful space and spread the art around the streets. They come from every corner of the world and they effectively conquer the city and transform it. The city then “comes alive as a creative organism,” which is exactly the idea behind “Rock the Block,” a two day culture and art festival filled with exhibitions, workshops, performances that is set to take over the Berlin district Kreuzberg from October 2nd until October 3rd 2012.
In a cooperation between artists and residents, Berlin’s trendiest district, Kreuzberg, will become “an entire cosmos between four streets” as the cityscape becomes opened to public. During workshops, the public (including children) will have the opportunity to create their own visual designs and artworks on the street.
The Kreuzberg Invasion
Organized by Backjumps and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, the event will bring dozens of artist to the center of Kreuzberg and change the colorful block of houses between Adalbertstraße, Skaltizerstraße, Mariannenstraße and Oranienstraße. During this impressive experience, they will show that Berlin has no place for boringness. Their job will be to provide to the general public with art exhibitions, performances, workshops and parties – in and outside.
The list of participating artists is very extensive and representative of some of the best Berlin talents. From urban art duo Various and Gould, who are known to liven up the street with puppets or horses to absurd video and photography works of Anna Szaflarski who works in a multitude of different mediums from large scale installation to sculpture and photography. Her work is very self-centered, based around the idea of recording her own actions and are processed as raw information for public surveillance
Marc Schamuthe, from Backjumps, told us that one of the highlights will be on Tuesday night, when “the whole bash from the street is ending in a big party on 6 floors around that corner.” See you in the streets, artparasites!
- Rock the Block – Arts Festival – Various locations in Kreuzberg. October 2nd – 3rd 2012. See the schedule here.
Article Written by Chris Phillips