WTD "What's the deal?" – A Transnational Project on Young Urban Cultures …


26. February 2014

Diving into the scenes

by Susanne    Filed under: Amsterdam,Hallein,Ljubljana,Munich,Research ReportsComments Off on Diving into the scenes

 A short update by Susanne (Amsterdam WTD-team)

Before you start something, it’s always a good idea to be well prepared, right? That’s why we decided that the What’s the Deal project needs an International research on the concept of sustainability and the urban arts. As a way for us to pinpoint important developments and opportunities for the project, but also to inspire, and show you more about our scenes and cities! (more about that soon)

The first part of our WTD project is all about delving deeper into all the scenes and checking up on how things stand in the field of sustainability. In our research we are working with the six key-concepts of playfulness, authenticity, continuity, responsibility, tackling problems and belonging / identity. Together, these concepts are the framework for further identifying the role of the individual artists and looking into the development of the art scenes as a whole.

As we speak, our researchers – a group of scientists, curators, trend watchers and artists – are mapping the specific local scenes in each of the four cities. In Amsterdam we focus on people working in the field of design, and we want to take the idea of design in the broadest possible sense. We are checking out graphic designers, fashion designers and industrial designers, but we are also talking to architects and artists working on more conceptual art. In short: every artist working with the idea of sustainability: either in a conceptual or really practical sense.
Munich is working with the skateboarding scenes and urban wasteland, Ljubljana is researching the biking culture, dig culture and anti consumerism way of life, and Schmiede is checking out the digital communities and looking at (local) spatial terms based on interest.

Korinna, Amal, Marcus and Tilen (the research-team) are spotting key players and new talent, talking to the artists involved as well as looking for bigger trends. They also want to take stock of the existing structures and figure out what the needs of the artists are, so we can create activities that make their creativity more visible and enable them to work on themes as sustainability and social design in their own way.

So, if any of you want to add something to our research, bomb us with new ideas, suggest cool artists or simply leave some tips & tricks… you still have some time! Drop a line in the comments and we will contact you!

22. February 2014

What the heck is a Nomadic Sculpture?

by Tuncay    Filed under: Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,Project ReportsComments Off on What the heck is a Nomadic Sculpture?

Well, hello people it’s Tuncay (Munich WTD-Team)

I just wanted to say hello to you about “What’s the deal?” and of course tell you a story. In Munich we formed the local team and are just working on the plans of our Nomadic Sculpture as you can see. “We” are: Matt, Kilian, Philip, Mixen, Kiesi, Raphaela, Marlen and Marcus. But there are also a few other guys who support us. Well what do we mean with a Nomadic Sculpture?

Tananaaaaaaaa – here is the answer:

Nomadic Sculpture:
A transportable, but not “branded”, skateable sculpture made out of recycled material.

To dispose a mobile and skateable scuplture in open space, we will pick out  5 spots in different locations in Munich.  To choose the right spots, certain facts like size, location, and the “potential of being a spot” through the eyes of skaters are basic elements. The object is going to be called “Nomadic Sculpture” and will be assembled at the implied spots. The whole process will begin in spring 2014. The sculpture will change its location monthly including 4 days of installation/dismantling. By selecting the materials, we will put our focus on recycled and used materials. The sculpture is not a fixed huge komplex structure, but more likely consisting out of many singular modules which can be combined with each other. An overseas container is the important part of the project. We will be able to store the modules and all our necessities in it while they are not used. On the other half the container will serve as a eventspace during the active project phases.

Ideally, the nomadic sculpture will overwinter in an open space, where skaters can use it as a temporary alternative to a public skate hall. At the moment we are in contact with the Darwin Project in Bordeaux which is interested to act as a host for our sculpture during the winter. In 2015 (May or June), the Nomadic Sculpture is going to be a component of the final event of the project which is planned to be placed in the designated “creative quarter”.

Throughout the tour within the city, the sculpture will be developed further and further and customized to its environment.

On our first stage – Max-Josephs-Platz in the city center in Munich (April 2014) we will simply arrange an information- and an enquiry desk. All stations will be supplied with a stand-up display in form of a question mark. The question mark is  supposed to be the graphic key-element of the whole project and should serve as a symbol for the project which will appear in a large-sized  manner. The symbol is intended to question the urban spaces – in which we remain in our everyday lives – in its functionality.

In this case the question marks indicate the locations in the sense of an eclectic urban sensation, which can be considered and used differently by every individual (e.g. a step, a stair-rail, a bench etc.). The question, which now will be asked to the pedestrians, is: “Here, a skater would do the following. What would you choose to do with this space? With these collections of answers and ideas we will have numerous possibilities of usage for certain urban areas, which will play a major roll of the entire project in Munich.

So, the work of art is not only the sculpture, but also contains the entire process of the “nomadic hike” through the city, which will be provided by content discourse and an agile cultural framework program. We will try to find a spot for the last location, where the sculpture can stay the whole winter.

In the skate scene logos are omnipresent: the brands court for attention and the sponsor logos are printed onto ramps and skate parks. To break through this labeling, we will paint the skateable sculpture plain white without branding it nor to supply it with fictitious logos. Skate shows, workshops and a cultural framework program will make sure, that the attention of the subject matter of an urban waste land is drawn to a broad public. The mobile artwork will be displayed at a variety of unused public spaces in Munich.

In the first step we are planning the actions on Max-Joseph-Platz. Kilian Gerle, Max Häring, Tuncay Acar and Matt Wiegele figure out the constructions.

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Looking for trash at ISPO 2014

by Tuncay    Filed under: Munich,Nomadic Sculpture,Project ReportsComments Off on Looking for trash at ISPO 2014

How to find material for our Nomadic Sculpture according to our philosophy?

We will find it at the trashyards of our hard consuming society! For this we ask fairconstructors etc. who often enough have a lot of material to give away as we could figure it out. We visit fairs and ask people at the stands if they can offer us some parts of their temporary constructions. And of course we visited the ISPO (international main exhibition for sport business) in Munich and were quite surprised.

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Are brands acting sustainable in the means of reusing stand structures ?
Hey – what do you think? Of course they do!!! First of all we have to say, that many brands who presented themselves already started to fit to our philosophy. Not less stands were built with used material – for example euro palettes and reused chipboards etc.. A lot of the stand workers we asked at least “told” us that they could give us nothing because they reuse all of the material. That sounded surprising but we liked that attitude! (of course we found a lot more usable trash than we could take with our small bus at the end – but that’s another story, hehe).

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Are brands acting sustainable in the means of business policies?
Another fact which drew our attention was, that ISPO Munich was of course already dealing with the issue of sustainability in many ways. There was a huge area at the fairground which was preserved for two organizations which are working for ISPO to deal with the issue of sustainable production. “Greenroomvoice” is a organization which developed methods of the established textile industry and brings them into the production world of young fashion brands in the urban sports field. Greenroomvoice works on a certificate for sustainable production. “Brands For Good” is – as far we could figure it out working as a consulting company for young brands who want to act sustainable. They care for a effective network and supply them with recent information flow for their work. We talked to Anna Rodewald of Greenroomvoice, who told us that ISPO Munich deals with this issue since 2008. Anna has worked for years in the textile industry and is now working as a independent cunsulter. She organized some of the interesting discussion rounds that were happening at the inspire platform of ISPO.
Also it was quite interesting to see, that a lot of brands – especially skateboard and snowboard producers – acted very responsible in choosing natural production material, reusing old material for give aways, finding new ways of production. One brand from portugal for example accuraged his customers to do it themselves by handing them raw modules of the end product and telling them how to put the parts together. Also we met Max Henninger from “Skate Aid” an organization which builds skateramps for NGO’s allover the world, so kids who normally could never afford it can skate also (www.skate-aid.org).

And so on and so on….

We could have spent hours there but we had to find material for our work. And at the end we could have taken tons of trash wood boards with us. I think we will have no problem at all to find enough material for our Nomadic Sculpture…hehe.

Well here we store some wooden piles from a deconstructed roof which we took from a construction site. Of course we asked politely and the workers helped us with a crane. In return we gave them a box of good bavarian beer.

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10. February 2014

Call for entries: MURAL ARTS RESIDENCY

by Uveber    Filed under: Ljubljana,Mural Art / Street ArtComments Off on Call for entries: MURAL ARTS RESIDENCY

Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture (Ljubljana, Slovenia) is pleased to announce its mural arts initiative as part of the transnational project about young urban art: What’s The Deal? The project explores the phenomena of consumption and sustainability in connection with young urban cultures and uses street art, design, and digital media as exemplary fields.

Between 2013 and 2015, partners from several European countries will organize a series of sustainability-related activities in all partner cities: from theme-related mapping of respective scenes to art intervention workshops as well as creative and innovative art work and installations – made visible in public events.


Project Description:

For the last decades, not only Ljubljana, but also other cities have been facing the problem of unbridled and poorly regulated sprouting of billboards, large public LCD displays and other types of invasive advertising. This is leading to the conversion of almost any large vertical surface along urban arterial roads into a surface used for advertising and marketing purposes. Kino Šiška will initiate mural arts activities to reclaim some of the space for artistic use.

This call for entries is due by Monday, March 3, 2014 at 12 a.m. CET and is open to all areas of visual arts. Proposals that combine visual arts with other media (e.g. painting + sound) are also welcome.

Two mural arts residencies are offered to artists who want to develop and present their work addressing the theme of consumption and sustainability.

This residency offers a four-week stay in Ljubljana. Artists for each of the two residencies will receive a fee of 1000 EUR net. The residency will take place for three to four weeks in the June 2014 – July 2014 period. The final dates will be set in an agreement between Kino Šiška and the selected artists.

A basic budget for materials and services for realizing the work will be covered by the organizer (Kino Šiška). Travel costs to and from Ljubljana will also be taken care of.

Participants must be EU residents or residents of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Former Yugoslav republics or Turkey. Slovenian artist will not be accepted.

Younger artists (under 35) will receive a more favourable treatment. Inclusive approaches that would involve an active role of Slovenian artists, designers or other practitioners in development and/or realization of the project are also preferred.

To Inquire:

Please send your project ideas via e-mail (piera.ravnikar@kinosiska.si). The submission should include:

–                  A short written explanation about the proposed work plan or project concept. We would like the topic of the proposed artwork to resonate well with our concern about contemporary consumer culture and long term sustainability. (Please limit your explanations to one page – make it short and to the point! Less can be more. You are welcome to include sketches or visual materials).

–              Provisional technical specification (materials and services you will need for making your project happen).

–             A short CV or Bio (please limit it to half of a page).

–             A maximum of 10 images from past works are welcome, pictures of murals are preferred (Images should be at least 800px in width or height, but not bigger than 2MB per image). Please include an image listing document with your filename, title of artwork, media, size, and location of mural. Please name your files as follows: imagenumber_lastname_title: i.e. 001_eisenberg_untitled.jpg.

–              Your basic contact data (name, address, date of birth, email, mobile phone No).


–              Anything else you might find crucial.

In the selection process Kino Šiška might require more information about the project and your entry. Email will be the predominant means of communication, so stay tuned and check out this page for possible updates!


8. February 2014

Matt and Tuncay taking home some trash (Munich)

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WTD Munich Team Munich – Matt and Tuncay – 7’th of February 2014

Brought the Trash Chipboards and Woodboards to Import Export Office at Goethestr. 34, Munich. Now drinking Coffee and talking about the construction of the Nomadic Sculpture Modules.

Matt and Tuncay taking home some trash (Munich)

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WTD Munich Team – Matt and Tuncay – 7’th of February 2014

Just arrived at the backyard of Import Export Office in Munich. Taking in the Trash!

Matt and Tuncay taking home some trash (Munich)

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WTD Munich Team – Tuncay and Matt – 7’th of February 2014

Others call it trash – we call it working material. Just got some Woodboards and Chipboards from a fairconstructors place. Thanks to Akzent Messebau! Now we load the stuff and store it in Import Export office. A temporary workspace of Tuncay and his friends. See how lucky we are?


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