On a recent visit to Berlin I ventured to Bülowstraße in Schöneberg, with the sole purpose of getting a glimpse of URBAN NATION’s HQ street art. I’d caught sight of Super A and Collin van der Sluijs ‘Starling’ on Colossal, produced through the not-for-profit initiative, and I was keen to see what other murals UN had helped bring to Berlin's streets.
I’ve increasingly become fascinated by urban art, which is a hugely important and increasingly admired 21st century art form, capable of bringing cities to life and allowing people to find expression within the very fabric of places. Bülowstraße didn’t disappoint, but inspired a deeper curiosity about URBAN NATION and its mission, so I got in touch with director Yasha Young to find out more.
Just over a week ago London welcomed its first dedicated contemporary art walk to the city. Designed to make art more accessible to the masses and to encourage Londoners to discover the East like never before, The Line takes explorers between Stratford and North Greenwich, following the Greenwich Meridian line. Co-founded by Art Dealer Megan Piper and Regeneration Specialist-come-Urban Transformer Clive Dutton OBE, the project relies on the support of visitors, patrons and businesses for its very existence, demonstrating the potential for urbanists, artists and both the public and private sectors to collaborate.
The Line professes that ‘no one journey is the same’, and given that part of the route is temporarily blocked off, and that people are bound to take their own detours, I’m sure this will prove true.[...]
A typical Saturday on Brixton high street provides a buzz unlike anywhere else in the capital, with steel drums competing with the sounds of street preachers, the rumble of traffic and people calling out to each other. If you follow your nose to the smell of cinema-fresh popcorn you’ll find sounds altogether less commonly audible, thanks to Passage Tells, brainchild of Central St Martin’s student Daisuke Nakazawa.
Currently studying Narrative Environments (MA), Daisuke exposes the seldom heard sounds of Brixton’s Reliance Arcade, revealling the stories behind the market holders. A sound piece which takes place in the very landscape in which the sounds are born, Passage Tells offers the chance for participants to experience much more than the naked eye can see...