Berlin, the City of Saturated Walls
“Saturation” is the term suggested by the authors to describe the present state of the visual environment of Berlin, the city that acquired a reputation as the European capital of street art. Saturation is a consequence of the gradual infiltration of graffiti and street art into everyday life and the visual environment of Berlin, and their acceptance by city residents. Berliners’ fondness for street imagery is enhanced by the experience and memory of the independent reappropriation and rearrangement of urban space the city underwent after unification. The memory of the Berlin Wall plays a significant role in sustaining Berlin graffiti and street art cultures. It makes evident the history of the images and their creators and their role in urban communication. Simultaneously it normalizes the ephemerality of street imagery. Visual saturation in Berlin is complemented by the activities of “mediators,” who draw various audiences’ attention to graffiti and street art and encourage the interaction of all interested parties. In English, extended summary in Russian.
Seit Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts, vor allem aber seit Anfang der 1920er Jahre war Berlin für Juden aus Osteuropa Zuflucht und Zwischenstation. Die deutsche Metropole wurde eines der größten Migrationszentren in Europa. Die jüdischen Einwanderer aus Osteuropa waren zumeist Kriegs-, Pogrom- und Revolutionsflüchtlinge. Sie unterschieden sich nach Sozialstatus ebenso wie nach kulturellen und politischen Optionen. Verbunden waren sie jedoch durch Erinnerungen an das, was sie erlebt und zurückgelassen hatten. Viele der Migranten lebten im Scheunenviertel, andere im bürgerlichen Charlottenburg, das aufgrund des hohen russischen Anteils der Bevölkerung auch Charlottengrad genannt wurde. Das erlebte Leid und die Erfahrungen in der Fremde trennten die Flüchtlinge von der deutschen Gesellschaft. Gleichzeitig kam es aber - vor allem in Kreisen der Arbeiterbewegung und der Literaturavantgarde - zu Verflechtungen und Wechselwirkungen west- und osteuropäischer Einflüsse. Die Einwanderer machten Berlin zu einem Zentrum jüdischer Kultur und waren zugleich Teil der multikulturellen Stadtlandschaft. Ihre Erfahrungen, Weltwahrnehmungen und Überlebensstrategien in der Großstadt stehen im Mittelpunkt des Bandes. Etwa die Hälfte der Beiträge ist in englischer Sprache verfasst.
Anna Waclawek's book is an example of the new perspective on graffiti and street art. It focuses on the role or the graffiti and street art in urban visual environment and the role of urban space and urban visuality in production and perseption of these phenomena. The book introduces the system of codes and convention attached to street art and graffiti to the wide audience.
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