March 3, 2009

Vive La Crise!

French poster artist SP-38 summed up our feelings about the financial crash with his placard: "Vive La Crise!" Everyone in Berlin should be familiar with SP-38's work by now. His distinctive blue-and-red hand-painted posters are prolific throughout Mitte, particularly his slogans "No Revolution Today" and "Who Killed Mitte?" Those interested in seeing more of SP-38's work can do so at two interesting events/festivals coming up.

Printemps Des Poetes - March 2 - 15
- Poetry and posters
This grass-roots festival allows anyone to take part in poetry. SP-38 will dedicate some of his posters to this theme, and will hang them around Brunnenstrasse in Mitte-Wedding (U8 - Rosenthaler Platz).
This festival has many small and interesting events, including the 'Poetry Collecting Box' in Reuterkiez, Neuk├Âlln. Each day from March 2 to 13, cardboard collection boxes will be placed different locations around Reuterstrasse. Everyone is invited to respond to the theme 'laughter' by placing a small piece of writing in one of the boxes. On March 14 the boxes will be collected, and their contents will be bundled into small packages and hung from a tree for passers-by to collect and read.
Find out more at their website: Printemps Des Poets
The program can be tricky to find, so we've placed a direct link here.

Druckerfestival - April 24 - May 9 - Poster festival - Print your own money!

This poster art festival invites everyone to create their own form of currency, something we support, since even real money is a fantasy creation anyway. SP-38 will be one of the many contributors. Their will be a series of performances connected to this festival from May 1-3.
May 3 looks likely to be the best party, since mad sexual-electro Australian band Team Plastique will be performing at a venue called 'Squart' in the RAW precinct on Revaler Strasse (U & S Warschauer Str).
More info here.