„What makes Berlin addictive?“
Exhibition of Berlin Graphic Design, Media Design and StreetArt
14. - 17. September 2006, daily 11-18.00 h
Vanguard Gallery, No. 20 Cha Ling Bei Lu, Shanghai
Press Release (PDF, 48 kb)->
For a couple of years, Berlin
has been developing its very own, original appeal and dynamic
in terms of design and is establishing itself as an inter-disciplinary
trend workshop. The multi-faceted „Berlin Style“ and
the unique atmosphere of the city mutually shape and influence
one another. The exhibition takes Berlin’s image as an open,
demanding pop-cultural metropolis as main idea and asks young
graphic and media artists: „What makes Berlin addictive?”
Current positions from Graphic and Media Design are exhibited
together with „wanted style“ posters with statements
and short descriptions of the designers. On display, amongst others,
are works by:
Francois Chalet (www.francoischalet.ch)
Steven & Marilla Alexander (www.rinzen.com)
Jianping He (www.hesign.com)
Brigitte Speich & Jacques Magiera (www.substratdesign.org
It is goal to emphasize the variety of the scenes and tendencies
in Berlin and to hereby show as broad a spectrum as possible.
The „wanted style“ posters give lively and individual,
partly very personal statements and insights into Berlin and the
Berlin attitude towards life.
It is impossible to imagine the streets and squares of Berlin
without StreetArt. StreetArt has become an integral, if controversial
part of the urban appearance of the city. For the exhibition project
„What makes Berlin addictive?“, the artist Xinyu Bai
and the designers Jing Wang and Yi Lu, who live and work in Berlin,
will document the current status of StreetArt in Berlin in the
summer of 2006. The photographs will be presented within the scope
of the exhibition.
Berlin lives on the mixing of the different scenes of Fashion,
Design, Art, Music and Club Culture. This becomes apparant in
the variety of the Berlin Lifestyle Magazines. For the exhibition
“What makes Berlin addictive?”, a broad spectrum of
these magazines will be made available to the Shanghai audience
in a MagLounge.
The development of Berlin into
an inter-disciplinary trend workshop in terms of design is being
recognized on a broader international level at the latest since
Berlin was awarded the title “City of Design” by the
UNESCO in January of this year. In Berlin, a national creative
scene gathers, which is being discovered more and more by the
international scene. With its no-rule mentality and openness,
the city absorbs influences from many regional and global sources,
resulting in a
manifold design language.
At present, a unique development is becoming apparent also in
Shanghai: The city is one of the most exciting metropolis in the
world, China’s „Door to the West“. The open
atmosphere, the tempo of the city and the mixture of local and
global influences attract more and more creative people from all
over the world. Almost all international agency networks already
have opened branch offices there, and there are a great number
of small Design and Architecture Studios. The growing number of
agencies, initiatives and events creates a counterbalance to the
institutional and state organizations and moves Shanghai into
the spotlight of the
international creative scene.
The goal of the exhibition is not only to concey the spirit of
the Berlin Design Scene. The Berlin designers want to partake
in the development of Shanghai. They want to get inspired, make
contacts and utilize possible synergies. The idea to support and
and foster this exchange is fired by the success of first personal
contacts and an intensive collaboration between both design scenes.
Therefore, the exhibition is the starting point of a second exhibition
project, based on the question: „What makes Shanghai addictive?“.
International and local creative minds, living and working in
Shanghai, will illustrate the life and work in “their”
city and their city feeling in an exhibition in Berlin.
Thus, the project offers the possibility of a review of the situation
in Shanghai and China. At the same time, a platform is meant to
be created to allow creative people to jointly develop ideas for
a stronger networking between the design scenes of both cities.
First perspectives and results will also be presented within the
scope of the secondpart of the exhibition project.