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Michelle Houston, BSA Wishes And Hopes For 2019

Michelle Houston, BSA Wishes And Hopes For 2019

As we draw closer to the new year we’ve asked a very special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2018 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for them. It’s a box of treats to surprise you with every day – and conjure our hopes and wishes for 2019. This is our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ to you for inspiring us throughout the year.

Today’s special guest:

Michele Houston, enfant terrible, storyteller in the Queen’s English, curator at Monumenta festival Leipzig, at Zwitxhermaschine Gallery in Berlin, for this years very successful Wandelism, and co-founder of Berlin Art Society.

In times where the world seems to have gone mad, with segregation rather than inclusions and the unthinkable such as Brexit becomes a reality.

The photograph I selected is a night street view of the exhibition: “Bonjour Tristesse” by artist KITRA.

The show is titled after the infamous graffiti just off Schlesisches Tor (Berlin), which has crowned the building opposite the exhibition for the past 37 years, which translates to hello sadness and seems to embody the zeitgeist of now.

The public from all walks of life were invited to literally walk in to an artwork, as the walls, ceiling and floor were painted by the artist. It was an exhibition like a candy shop, where one could immerse themselves inside of an artwork.

In 2019 I wish for more colour and light to break through the impending darkness.

Artist: Kitra

Location: Berlin, Germany

Date: 29.04.2018

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Calligraffiti Runs Through It : “Einen Tag lang Fur Immer” in Berlin

Calligraffiti Runs Through It : “Einen Tag lang Fur Immer” in Berlin

A tiny gallery pop-up show at Zwitxhermaschine Gallery in Berlin quickly illustrates quite literally the narrative that is often on the street between different pieces and players.

In this case the photographs by Manfred Weber, the only two on display in this storefront space, were entirely unconnected until author Nora Linneman joined them in her mind and her imagination.

The calligraffitist Parisurteil literally tagged the story across the two pieces, a painted tattoo of text that wends across the walls, ceiling and floor of the space in such a way that you may become dizzy standing in the all-white box as you follow the narrative thread around the space.

The photographer, the writer and the urban calligrapher all come together to create “Einen Tag lang für immer” (roughly translated as “For one day forever”) – an uncommon story told by many.


“In very few circumstances do you get this kind of mix of people together,” says Michelle Houston, who co-curated the show with Denis Leo Hegic. “We were looking to make a collaborative piece and we think that bringing different disciplines together is quite unusual.”

If you are in Berlin this weekend and would like to hear Nora Linnemann’s enchanting story read by the author at 4 pm Sunday September 9th.

Einen Tag land für immer is organized by Denis Leo Hegic and Michelle Houston at the Zwitschermaschibe Galerie in Berlin. The exhibition closes on September 12th, 2018.

BERLIN ART SOCIETY @ Zwitschermaschine

Eröffnung: Do 16.08.2018, 19 Uhr
Ausstellung: 17.08. – 12.09.


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