What makes Shanghai addictive?
„What makes Shanghai addictive?” is a mixed media event
and exhibition of mass produced images, which are printed on posters
and declared to be bulk goods.
¡ What makes Shanghai addictive?” is art for the masses,
it is tangible and it challenges the audience to satisfy their addiction
to unique motifs and urban art.
14 Shanghai based graphic designers and artists asked themselves what
makes their home base addictive and converted their ideas in a photo(graphic)
way. The result is 14 unique artworks, seeing behind the curtains of
Shanghai, one of the most exciting international cities and China's
window to the world. The works will be presented and available for audiences
to collect from September 11th until September 14th at the Kuppelsaal
of the Rodeo-Club at the former „Postfuhramt” in Berlin.
Shanghai's art scene is young, fast and international. The city is considered
one of the most exciting and ambitious metropolitan places in the world
wide. The number of independent designers, artists and private collectives
is constantly growing and represents an important opposition to government
organisations in China. 14 local heroes dealt with the question what
is so special about their hometown, what is the fascination and the
appeal of Shanghai and why are human beings addicted to this boom-town.
The result is 14 unique, multi-faceted graphic designs and illustrations
- pictures and artworks with very personal perspectives of the city.
There are many ways to see Shanghai. The point of view of the artists
includes descriptions like „Ibiza of Asia“, „colourful,
funny, irregular diverse - the city is like a chameleon” or „socialist
heaven“. However you look at Shanghai, it is China's most international
city, it captivates and it is magnetic. If you take time to look deeper
into the city you'll get lost in it.
What makes Shanghai/Berlin addictive is a creative exchange between
the metropolises Berlin and Shanghai. In September 2006, artist from
Berlin previously exhibited artworks in Shanghai about their own fascination
of the German capital. Now their Chinese peers have the chance to present
their imaginings of their own city in Berlin. The event will be an interactive
platform and a meeting place for creative and interested people.
In addition to the exhibition there will be workshops between the artists
from both cities. The artists from Shanghai will collaborate with the
Berlin designers on three dimensional designs which expand upon the
works in the show. The platform will be used to enhance existing contacts
The exhibition website www.shanghai-addictive.com opens the project
to a global audience. Visitors will have the opportunity to get more
information about the project, add comments and their own designs.
„What makes ..... addictive?” is the start of an idea which
will be continued in other cities all over the world. The idea is to
create a global creative network and international exchange for artists
in the most vibrant cities all over the globe.