Experience Urban Art: Stencils and Quiz at URBAN NATION

  • by Geneviève Debien

On October 20, there was a lot of puzzling, creative crafting and, above all, a lot of discovering. During a workshop and a visit to the exhibition TALKING… & OTHER BANANA SKINS, students were able to learn about the technique of stenciling and develop their own experience and knowledge in dealing with positions of urban art, which they found through the eight chapters of the exhibition.

Photo: Oluwaremi Dasho-Stierand

With ImedArt, the group from the Heinz Brandt School was able to give free rein to their creativity! There were no limits when it came to designing their own stencils for T-shirts and tote bags, and so everything from spooky Halloween motifs to the character Totoro from the anime “My Neighbor Totoro” was included. Afterwards, there was a guided tour through the exhibition, which made the museum experience particularly interactive thanks to Mr. Dominik’s engaging quiz. The teens were very excited when they discovered works by well-known Berlin street artists such as 1UP, as they were already familiar with their art from the city. But also the diagram by Disnovation or the mirrors by Spy were well received. In the spirit of the exhibition TALKING… & OTHER BANANA SKINS, there was also a discussion about the perils of smartphone use, with a critical look at communication on the internet and one’s own self-portrayal in the media in particular.

Photo: Oluwaremi Dasho-Stierand

By getting a taste of URBAN ART, the teens were invited not only to revisit the free exhibition with their families and acquaintances, but also to continue thinking about the themes they found for themselves.