At Spencer Homick’s suggestion, my SLU students — Kat Dwyer, Bridget Montesanti, and Charlie Reetz — and I signed up for a walking tour yesterday with a group called Alternative Berlin to see and learn about street art. It was a great way to begin our two week journey — better than I expected, to be honest. Our guide Mark was extremely well informed, not only of the “scene” itself, but also about the ways in which artists engage the community with their work. He discussed street art as much more than mere decoration and/or defacement of the public environment. The work we saw expressed commentary and critique regarding various social-political issues here in Berlin, Europe, and elsewhere. I’m going to ask the students to choose one artist each and reflect upon and write about what they saw. Prost, Just, Miss Van–I’ll need to check my notes to list some of the other artists.
We also went to the ATM Gallery to see an exhibition entitled Mutation by stencil artist Czarnobyl.
At the end of the day, Mark had everyone cut an 8-pieced stencil of a gorilla, and we spray painted it onto a piece of canvas to bring home with us. The students loved it.