With Androphyne in Cognac!
Festival Coup de chauffe
This patch is right at the front gate of Coma Valdivia (Coma.website) Coma is a place for residency and artists studios in the center of Valdivia in the region los Rios.
The theme of the Venice Architecture Biennal 2018 is “Freespace” – The police came twice to make us remove the installation and get back in line.
Thanks for refusing and having our back @104paris @nicoladelon @encore_heureux_architectes ! Thank you for the invitation, thank you to the 104centquatre and caserma pepe staff
This image was taken from atop the former crusader castle Qala’at Sanjil (also known as the ‘Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles’). It was built around 1300 AD. In the street leading to the ruins, just before the military checkpoint with heavy weaponry, we found a spot to fill with a patch.
The Phoenician Wall might well be the oldest man-made structure I have ever personally visited, within the city of Batroun, dating back to at least 5,000 years. The wall was most likely carved directly into the solid rock as a protectetion against the tidal waves and it stands there until today.
Look closely, right there in the middle: I was here.
Jander and Max followed me to Gleisdreieckspark in Berlin to document my work. Thanks for the good time we spent and looking forward to see the result of your filming!
Dispatchwork in Basel, during the various Art-fairs. These two young guys were easily seduced into taking part in their city´s art-life. I like how they use their four hands altogether to put up the brickwork.
For that years edition of the sculpture Triennal in Bingen named Nature and Beauty I was invited by Andre Odier, Lutz Driever and the Gerda and Kuno Pieroth Foundation. In the Landesgartenschaugelände along the magnificent rhine river valley many bronze sculptures and kinetic installations can be visited. Thanks for this magnificent stay!
We went to a neighbourhood called Fakultete. Here you find none of Sofia’s historical buildings but beautifully self-crafted homes. Like a different city, maybe a whole different country, and, with horse-carriages passing by, also a different time.
Within a couple of minutes after having started, all the kids of the neighbourhood took notice of us and joined.
The next day, back in the city center we fixed up a part of the broken staircase of the cinema which was screening movies as part of the festival program. Free Sofia is my small message to the Sofiotes. Interpret as you may.
A question I get asked frequently is if I know who takes the patches out. I have multiple of these people on tape, and you would probably be surprised on who these people would be. This security guard from across the street ISN’T one of them. When I left he crossed the street and took the patch out on curiosity. I approached him and took the picture because I was amused about his initiative to leave his post and check out my work.
The patch on the fridge-factory, where took place one of the DOMA exhibitions
The city now called Sofia was established in 5 BC or earlier, under the name of Serdica and gained much importance over the centuries due to its central positioning in the balkan region. Over the course of time it was under the reign of the Romans, the Ottomans, the Huns,… just to name a few.
This is the Church of St. George, build by the Romans in the 4th century. There had been some debate on social media about whether or not this was disrespectful towards the believers. The priest however just walked by us as we were in full action and didn’t mind.
I was thrilled about my invitation to Doma Art festival in Sofia. This patch is on the National Art Gallery and took me a half a day. Only a couple of hours later in the evening, it had disappeared, however, the next day, while passing by it miraculously resurface on its former position. Here you find the DOMA Artfest Website and their Facebook-page.
This was the house of my friends in Quito and the location for a spontaneous freestyle session with ‘Disfraz’, si man.
Said to be one of Quito’s more dangerous streets, next to “La Ronda”, but when the locals found me working in their street, they liked it and even promised to ‘take care of the patches’, whatever that means.
At the church of San Francisco I tried my best staying undercover between Thugs, Nuns and Security Officers lingering about on the plaza.
Women from Dubai joining the craze.
Photos: Olivier Wavre
Photo: Loic Chaussin
Photos: Gilles Racine
Every year there are many interesting live acts and remarkable bands to come play their songs for the Festival de la cité in Lausanne. That one year, the they invited me to come play with them. Unfortunately my camera broke, but thanks to all the photographers who let me use their images here!
Photos: Olivier Wavre
Fotos: Loic Chaussin
A quick patch on the Arxiu Històric de la Ciutat de Barcelona (Historical Archive of the city of Barcelona)
Check out the Interview at Popupcity.net about Reversible Urban practices inspired by their participation.
It should be mentioned, that executions were conducted on the Square of St. Felipe Neri, during the Spanish Civil War. When you see the walls, you will understand why this place is still a symbol for the unresolved anger against the Franco-dictatorship.
Imaginez Maintenant – Imagine now – took place in cities all over France. In this context, in Toulouse, a festival for contemporary dance, performance and visual arts was organized by the CDC Toulouse.
If you want to see the SLEM3 (Soapbubble life extension machine 3) that I showed in the library of the old hospital,follow this link.
I was in Hossegor meeting my friends from androphyne to work on their project about Elias Pozornski. One day we went out to surfer’s paradise on the atlantic ocean. There’s this bunker, which used to be sitting entirely above the dunes, overlooking the ocean. Now the waves are slowly luring the tons of concrete into the depth.
On this hill, says a legend, a guy named George killed a dragon!
Metelkova, an ancient police-station now place for the independent slovenian art-scene. At night you will find it is the place for partying. At daytime, you see people going along their daily business, with artist-studios and flats.
I didn’t grasp the full impact of the ’74 Turkish invasion in the north of this island in the eastern mediterrenean. Cyprus has been divided since between a government-controlled area, comprising the southern two-thirds of the island, and a north third de facto administered by the Turkish. No country recognizes the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” other than Turkey. Around the city center, lays a starshaped citadel. Inside it is divided by these walls:
Welcome to C-Mine in Genk: a Coal Mine, transformed into a Cultural Mine transformed into a part of Dispatchwork. Thanks to all the kids who worked with me very patiently.
I was invited by Platform21, with Arne Hendriks, Lotte Dekker, Heleen Klopper, Martijn Dijkhuizen to the 2010 edition of the Ars Electronica festival in Linz around the topic of ‘Repair’
The Ars Electronica festival is one of the oldest and biggest festivals for new media Art, so imagine how happy I was to take part and have a close look!
The festivals location, an old Tobacco-factory, has a size of more than 30000 sqm and was constructed by Popp and Behrens in 1935 and is protected world heritage.
After the first patch I realized that I wouldn’t be able to live up to the full potential of these walls, so I sougt help from my cousins and some inspired passersby. We still didn’t manage to finish the whole wall. A friend of mine works in the Collège Guy Moquet de Gennevilliers and I didn’t need to convince her much to drop by with her pupils.
As for the third big patch, which I think turned out great as well, I will let you discover it without further introduction.
After the first patch I realized that I wouldn’t be able to live up to the full potential of these walls, so I sougt help from my cousins and some inspired passersby. A friend of mine works in the Collège Guy Moquet de Gennevilliers and I didn’t need to convince her much to drop by with her 24 students to help me fix up the walls.
The Nuit Blanche is a huge art-event which the city of Paris organizes each year. The whole night through, from 7pm to 7am, everyone is invited to discover events throughout the city and to follow a parcour connecting the different events in all parts of paris. Thousands of parisians came to the streets, and also the Paris mayor herself was expected to visit and shake hands. (Nuit Blanche de Paris)
And I was invited to install Dispatchwork in the 13th arrondissment, where I met a wall, which could hold three big patches easily. So in the course of the next three days me and helpers erected these patches within the parcour of nuit blanche in rue Chevalret. Each of these three patches took us around 9 hours to set up, and us working basically from dusk till dawn.
I was invited to the city of Arnsberg to contribute to their event called Internationaler Kunstsommer Arnsberg. Many things are there to be seen, with one of the best Kunstvereine Arnsberg is a very busy place, and is definitely worth a travel. For both the medieval appeal of the old part of town and for the involvement in contemporary art! Many thanks to Andrea and Johannes Teiser for their great hospitality!
At Kupfergraben/Dorotheenstraße many people stopped and joined in working remaining holes from WW2.