Built at Alexanderplatz 1968-1970, House of Statistics of the GDR (East Germany) did not function as such for long. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, its function under the authority of the GDR came to an end. 1989, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was used by the office of the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service that grants people access to all Stasi-files that concern them. 2008 the institution moved to another location and left behind a series of empty buildings with the gigantic size of 50,000 squaremetres. The building complex has been empty since then and slept a deep sleep.
Like the most derelict buildings and lost places, House of Statidtics lives a double life. Quietly hidden, often tucked away in night and fog, street artists do there what they always do – occupate and design space. My Berlin friend was on their traces and has sent his newest findings.
In Berlin Mitte my Berlin friend has found a number of paste ups of a newcomer, called TIANOOO THE CAT. What I know about him/her origins from the artist’s Instagram account. According to this, the main character of this artist is a cat in a dressing gown, which you can already find in the streets of Hamburg, Hannover and nowadays in Berlin Mitte in different colours.
During the winter, LACUNA has pasted his new series called „The missing birds“ in the streets of Berlin. He mainly has painted birds, that are at home in Berlin in their almost natural size. When winter starts in Germany, several birds migrate south to the warmer regions and we all miss those colourful housemates. Who wonders, that LACUNA tried to preserve memory during the winter with these little paper-works, done with stencils and spraypaint on paper. My bird catcher has found a number of them in Bergmann Kiez and sent Nightingale and black redstart to please me.
Who doesn’t know, or hasn’t been there before – Lost place Teufelsberg, a non-natural hill in Berlin, made of World War II-rubble, covering an unfinished Nazi military-technical college? During the Cold War it was the biggest NSA ear listening eastwards. In the 1990s, after German reunification, a group of investors had big plans for the area, but in the course of the years their projectplans became unprofitable and so it became a Mekka for street artists and graffiti writers, who did what they always use to do: conquer new terrains. In the course of the time my Berlin friend has met illustrious people on top of that hill, which seems to attract beauties of all colours. He has sent a number of his shots to please me.
Yesterday my Berlin friend walked Revaler Straße next to RAW property. His findings of paste ups designed by ULTRAMARINEDREAM, MISS GLUENIVERSE & COLOQUIX seem to be a bit older, not brandnew, but the colours are radiant and bright.
Yesterday in Kreuzberg my Berlin friend stumbled across a huge tribute wall for German/French musician and author Françoise Cactus, who died aged 56 on 17 February 2021 in Berlin. The pictures show a small section of that wall and pieces of artists who participated and helped to put it up. Remarkable the collaboration pieces of METRAEDA and FASERMACKA. METRAEDA’s usual geometric shapes with textile fillings by FASERMACKA. A new style and technique was born. Let’s call it Quilt-art – or so.
It seems that Berlin’s street art and graffiti community is not yet back from hibernation, or they have left Berlin, to escape from Corona (#FUCKCORONA). No new Easter related pieces to be found. And so my Berlin friend again deeply immersed in his archive and brought findings from last year to send the happiest Easter greetings from Berlin.
Man or poodle – who wants to be successful in life, is well advised to wear a solid outfit. At all events, in times of corona (#FUCKCORONA) this must include a surgical mask. As you can see, this will guarantee success – also with the ladies.