Backjumps, the legendary magazine and exhibition project on street art, urban communication and aesthetics is back! After two years of abstinence, Germany’s most famous urban art curator Adrian Nabi invited seven Berlin-based artists to present their engagement with the city of Berlin.
For this reason, I will give you an short overview of the history of Backjumps, so that you are able to understand, why this street art event is so important!
The first “Backjumps Live Issue” took place in 2003 and presented the new urban art phenomenon “street art”. About 18,000 visitors were interested in seeing artworks by famous urban artist, like Akim & ZAST, Victor Ash, Delta, Banksy, Brad Downey & Darius Jones, Erosie, HuskMitNavn, Nomad & Miss Riel, Obey, Swoon, WK Interact, Zedz and many more!
In 2005, the second “Backjumps Live Issue” was initiated. About 30,000 visitors came to see artworks, installations and live paintings by Jonone, Mode2, Neon, Brad Downey & Darius Jones, Akim, The London Police, Zevs, Try One, Hesht, Os Gemeos and others.
The third “Backjumps Live Issue” was in 2007. With workshops, city tours and discourses, the focus was stronger than in previous years set on the qualitative Aspects of mediation. With artworks by Blu, Dave the Chimp, Victor Ash, Daniel Tagno, Zevs, and many more, the street art festival could attract even more visitors as in the years before.
Today, it’s time for “Backjumps #4”. Brad Downey, Matthias Wermke, Mischa Leinkauf, Pigenius Cave, Ritsche Koch, Zasd and Christian Marien will present their urban communication artworks and installations.
“An exhibition featuring four artistc positions on current strategies and forms of expression of urban art and aerosol culture. The starting point will be the interaction with the city. The basis will be street and hip hop culture. The goal of this new format will be to put the artistic quality and the formal power of the works themselves into the focus of the curatorial examination and to mediate them in this way. Unlike the previous exhibitions, the new format will concentrate on visual and medial positions.” (flyer)
If you’re between today and November 29th in Berlin, you have to go to the Backjumps – See you there! For more info about the fourth Backjumps, visit backjumps.info.