The Perverse Effect Of Street Art On Neighborhood Gentrification; Fanny Arlandis, Worldcrunch (via zeitonline)
The first year I lived in Berlin (2000–2001), I was asked to do a translation for the Hip Hop Summer School. Kids spent a couple weeks learning DJing, rapping, breaking, and spraying. Naturally, I was confused about the last bit because as far as I knew, people could be arrested if caught spraying. But in fact, spraying was on the curriculum.
So there was this government-sponsored project teaching kids to do something for which they could later be arrested. “Schizophrenic” doesn’t begin to describe it …