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The Environment of the Unconscious

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Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota contemplates the connectedness of things...visible and not.

Chiharu Shiota's spatial installations underscore the guiding principle behind nature: connectivity between things. Peter Fischer (via We Find Wildness) characterizes Shiota's work of the Osaka-born, Berlin-based artist as occupying a space between two extremes, “On the one hand, in her installations she creates a world of her own, a world delineated as a spatial entity divorced from......read more

Prinzessinnengarten: A Productive Green Space Blooms in Berlin

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Urban agriculture takes root at a community garden in the German capital

For sixty years, an empty space gathered garbage in a section of Berlin's Kreuzberg district. In 2009, over a hundred volunteers cleaned the area of two tons of trash to make way for a community garden. Today, Prinzessinnengärten (Princess Gardens) is a thriving urban agricultural project, providing fresh, organic produce for Berlin residents and a space to come together to learn more about......read more

A Year on the Road: Prinzessinnen-Garten

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This community garden is the green lung of urban Berlin

Imagine a modern city where natural resources are protected and conserved, food and inspiration are shared commodities, and every spare urban space is used to let biodiversity and fresh food thrive. This is the future that Marco Clausen and Robert Shaw have imagined for Berlin, Germany. They were so inspired by Cuba’s “agricultura urbana” that they broke ground at Moritzplatz in......read more

Sewn Photos of Berlin by Diane Meyer

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Photographer uses pixelated embroidery to "rebuild" the Berlin Wall

Earlier in the year, we featured a fascinating collection of Diane Meyer's embroidered photos, which comment on photography's tendency to obscure memories. Now she returns to SHFT with an incredible series from Berlin, where she followed the former path of the Berlin wall and photographed locations where little sign of the divide remains. Then she "rebuilt" the wall with thread, reminding the......read more

Berlin, Berlin

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Cinematic ode to the fleeting moments of city life

Self-described as a 'poetic visualization of a city's manifesto,' this perfect little film is a meditation on the youth, energy and optimism that infuses the urban experience. Written and directed by Nehemias Colindres and lensed by Stephan Fallucchi, it inspires us to embrace the risk and drive it takes to be alive and vulnerable, open to new thoughts, ideas and emotions.......read more

Colorful Commotion

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In Berlin, a guerrilla art project makes unwilling artists out of cars.

Last week a group of cyclists dumped 13 gallons of paint on the road at Berlin’s busy Rosenthaler Platz, creating a series of colourful lines as cars drove through.The various colours of paint were dumped onto the road in large puddles at different locations throughout the intersection. As traffic drove through, the paint was spread around creating lots of colourful lines. The whole action took......read more

Lost Banksy Mural Uncovered in Berlin

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Gallery discovers early work under layers of paint

After painstakingly stripping away layers of wall paint, an art gallery in Berlin has uncovered a 2003 piece by Banksy, the much-ballyhooed street art pranskter whose politically-charged stencil work now sells for six figures. The piece, which features five soldiers with angel wings and smiley faces, was revealed when the wall was stripped away as part of an installation by Brad Downey, a......read more

Colorful Commotion

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In Berlin, a guerrilla 'street art' project makes unwilling artists out of cars.

Late in April, on a clear and sunny afternoon in Berlin, a group of cyclists dumped 13 gallons of non-toxic, water soluble paint in a busy city intersection. When cars drove through the intersection, their wheels became paintbrushes, creating a colorful public art piece on the streets. The whole thing took only a few seconds, and the results were caught on video. Was there an anti-car, pro-bike......read more

Zendome

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Bucky Fuller inspired geodesic domes from Berlin.

Berlin-based company Zendome develops these innovative, flexible, and stylish dome-like spaces. Thanks to their non-hierarchical geometry, the structures can be set up in a snap in virtually any location. Available in sizes ranging from 30 m2 to 300 m2, Zendomes can be erected in 10% of the construction time of conventional architecture, which makes them perfect for all kinds of indoor and......read more

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