UTTERLY RANDOM IN BERLIN

it's whatever strikes my fancy, innit?
Street art is an efficient way to bring “cultural assets to a neighborhood that didn’t have any,” says Curran. But things can go south quite quickly. Authorities prefer to have a Guggenheim Museum instead of a graffiti squat. They are reticent to finance street art, but they change their mind when an artist becomes famous. The situation becomes schizophrenic when there are “laws that punish street art severely,” while at the same time “the cities commission artworks to these artists, museums expose them and galleries sell them,” says Ben Yahklef.

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 …

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