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Here is a video selection of our tape art performances. These videos give an impression of our work as tape artists in different settings and show the making-of of our exhibitions, interior design, workshops and especially our beloved „Tape Art around the world“ – projects. Enjoy the pictures in motion and watch how our tape artworks evolve. You can find more of our videos on Vimeo and YouTube
It is quiet a thing hearing of an art festival in Saudi Arabia – for artists as well as for tourists. This is why we feel even more honoured to have been part of the Misk Art Festival in Riyadh. During this festival we contributing to a exhibition and organised a tape art workshop. For the exhibition, we created a theme that is relevant for western society as well as for the middle east. Our kurdish friend from turkey Can Demir gave us his fingerprint which will now remain in Saudi Arabia as an example. It tells the story of a single person to prove that everything you see on TV day by day happening in the middle east is still about humans, persons with families and friends. Big thanks to the Misk Art Foundation for organising this incredible project.
Audi City Berlin launched their new campaign “Black Edition” and invited us to do a tape artwork that fits their campaign. Therefore, we decided to create an abstract work on their glass front as well as in the interior of Audi City Berlin. Instead of tape we actually used foil this time, in black, grey and red. While the black foil we used to as the predominant color (to match the Black Edition theme) we also used grey and red foil to give the artworks some highlights.
Here is a video of our tape art tour through Asia, which we organised in cooperation with the German foreign offices and local art spaces in China (Guanghzou) and Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City). On our journey we hosted several tape art workshops with local students and art enthusiasts and participated in local exhibitions. It was a priceless experience to spread tape art in these countries and to observe new and fresh approaches to tape art from our workshop participants.
Big thanks to the German general consulate in Guangzhou, the German embassy in Hanoi, the German general consulate in Ho Chi Minh City as well as the Redtory Art Center (Guangzhou), Creative City Hanoi and Station 3A and the German International School in Ho Chi Minh City for this great opportunity! We had the most amazing time and we hope we could inspire the local people and our workshop participants as much as they inspired us.
Ever wondered how to organise a four-weeks tape art event like the first ever Tape Art Convention 2016? Here you go! We gathered all the special moments we had while preparing for this amazing group exhibition at Neurotitan gallery in Berlin. We still cannot believe we did it – it was an amazing experience and we cannot wait for the Tape Art Convention 2017 to kick off.
A couple of months ago we organised the Tape Art Convention 2016 in cooperation with Klebeland Berlin. It was the first time ever we organised an event of this scale, and although it was a bit of a rollercoaster ride at times, we are incredibly happy with the result. We are amazed by the incredible feedback we received and thankful for everyone involved. If you are also still reminiscing about these incredible four weeks just like us – or in case you unfortunately missed out on the event – here is the official tape art convention documentary – enjoy.
For this one we went back to how we started Tape That: Taping an artwork at a friends living room. In this case, we were told to do whatever we like, and that is exactly what we did. Our friend now has a massive abstract three dimensional grid shape in his living room, and he couldn’t be happier! We used different widths of of black tape to create a sense of spatial depth, and we are quite happy with the result. We’ll definitely play around with this some more in the future.
For the 10th anniversary of the Berlin main train station, we designed large parts of the floors inside the station with straight tape lines in different colors. The lines formed an abstract system on the floor as well as on the stairs. On the front – at the main entrance of the main station, we created lines that form an abstract interpretation of a network. We decided to implement highlights with translucent tape. This effect could be especially seen at night time.
For this project the London-based start-up bank Tandem invited us to fly to London to shoot a video about the design of their brand new and first ever credit card. The design is an effort to combine tape art with data generated by customers of the bank. Customers were interviewed about their life with money on camera. The resulting data was plotted in a two dimensional scatter plot, which was then freely interpreted in a tape art work by us. The resulting art work can now be found on tandem’s credit cards.
We travelled to Los Angeles and had the great opportunity for doing some amazing tape art projects. We created a tape art installation for MINI in the lobby of a large hotel. In line with the motto of its event, we taped a white polygon structure of a rather radiating nature. Furthermore we made a tape artwork at the new office of Buscemi -a shoe designer from Hollywood. In addition, we had the honour to collaborate on various artworks with FLEKZ in an artist residence. Thanks for everyone involved – we had an amazing time in L.A.
One of our favorite tape art cultural trips took us all the way to Egypt. We were invited by the Robert-Bosch Stiftung to to give tape art workshops for arts students at Minya University in Minya, Egypt. We also taped two tape artworks during these workshops and closed the workshop with a group exhibition containing artworks of participating students and our artworks.
After that, we stayed in Cairo for couple of days and taped an artwork displaying a stylized Cairo city scene at Goethe Institute Cairo, and hosted a panel discussion on the state of tape art and its general role in the urban art scene. Good times!
We had an awesome experience in Cambodia, a country in which Tape Art was almost totally unknown. It was a pleasure to work with locals and introduce them to this relatively young art form. We had the chance to perform live and to create artswork in Phnom Penh as well as in Battambang. Apart from processing our impressions, thoughts and feelings in this to us totally new and exotic environment, we gave a short workshop in which locals could try to use tape as a medium to express themselves as well.
We were invited by the German Embassy in Qatar to create some tape artworks and give workshops in Doha. We were resident artists at Katara art center for a couple of days were we created two tape artworks. In one of those artwork we tried arabic calligraphy for the first time! Really challenging, as local accents change the way certain expressions are written, and we are still not completely sure if this artwork means what we wanted it to mean :). the end of the trip we created to artworks live at the German National Holiday party of the German Embassy, and also exhibited some of the artworks that were created during the workshops.
Share The Meal is a new app designed by the nonprofit-organisation „World Food Programme“ aiming to fight global hunger. Users can directly share their food with children in 3rd world countries. When the app was announced for launch we applied to support the campaign with a tape-artwork touring through different cities in Germany. Therefore we created a transportable artwork on wooden OSB-plates. The image shows a tipical lesothian landscape with a native family. On top we put a large smartphone, which we first taped on wood and then cut of the outstanding parts of the board.
At Tremuschi Ink – a tattoo studio in Berlin – we composed an installation, that we decided to title “Black Matter”. It opened with a vernissage.
It was our vision to create an explosive black-white contrast by only using black tape in an entirely white space. The walls and the ceiling of the tattoo studio were painted white. To create an entirely white space, we used white foil and also covered the floor. Wooden white painted constructions, which were integrated and absorbed by black tape, provided tangible objects in the room.
In the context of an art exhibition about the east/west conflict in Germany at the second half of the last century, we were invited to London. As a Berlin based artist collective we had the opportunity to find a real connection to the subject, since it is still present in every day life in Berlin.
As a motif, we chose a personified watchtower symbolizing all the conflicts that happened right at the Berlin wall. The watchtower saw all of the pain the people experienced during this time. This is why the watchtower is crying. The sign reading “YOU ARE LEAVING WESTBERLIN” simply underlines the difficult circumstances at the time.
For the photo & adventure fair in Duisburg, Crumpler invited us to design their exhibition stand. We performed live, so visitors could observe the process of creating the artwork step by step. For this piece we decided to convey a “big-city” feeling. Endless grey elements are forming a field of apartments, which do not appear to ever end on the horizon. Orange highlights, shaped like hidden entrances, add a mysterious touch to the anonymous city. This atmosphere is inspired by potential endless opportunities and the danger of getting lost at the same time, which are both present in large cities.
The music club Brunnen 70 In Berlin Wedding organised the party „Royal Wedding Festival“ – a homage to the district named Wedding in which the party takes places. To give this electronic music night an artsy and creative feeling, they team of Royal Wedding Festival invited us to create a tape artwork for this special night. Therefore, we decided to do a tape-mapping project. We designed a tape artwork for a large black wall at this club and mapped a video specifically for and on this piece.
When we heared about the plan to open a new independent cinema in Berlin Neukölln we decided to support Wolf Kino Berlin from the beginning. To raise attention for their crowdfunding-campaign we organised the mini-exhibition „Wolf frisst Hase“, showcasing a combination of visual arts and cinema. For that purpose we teamed up with the vj-team akustooptik, to create a tape-mapping-installation. The artwork consists of 3 separated OSB-Plates covered with white tape on black color.
3000Grad Festival (English: 3000Degrees Festival) is definitely one of our favorite festivals near Berlin. It only hosts about 3000 guests, thus giving you a comfortable and homy feeling while providing you with a fantastic festival surrounding full of colorful lights, magical set ups and amazing electronic music. We were honored when the team of 3000Graf Festival asked us to do a tape artwork to support their festival grounds in an artistic way. We decided on some colorful and creative motifs for one of their indoor clubs. See for yourself!
At the LUNATIC music and art festival we designed one wall of a white cube, while other artists designed the other three sides. We divided the wall into three parts and in each part we created a human face in a different style. Each face is made out of the exact same tape. This installation illustrates really well that the same tape can be used in different ways. The left female face has cartoon-like character. The face in the middle consists exclusively out of curved lines, while the face on the right side is made up of polygons.
C.R.E.A.M. covers a living room in cologne: With only black tapes in different width an appealing artwork is created on the wall. The variety of the forms shows how versatile tape can be as a medium and that it is possible to create very curvy lines with thin tapes and simple straight lines with thicker tapes. It is therefore really convenient for lettering. What we like about this artwork is the straight and clean look that is created by the perfect contrast of the black tape on the white wall.
One of the agencies that accompanied us during the Audi Heartbeat Roadshow engaged us to do an artwork in their office in Wuppertal. They had a big white empty wall in the entrance hall which functioned as a perfect tape canvas for us. We decided to pick up the „Wuppertaler Schwebebahn“ in the artwork and combine it with local elements of Wuppertal. The Wuppertaler Schwebebahn is one of the very few suspension railways in the world and the first one to be interpreted into a tape artwork as fas as we know.
We were really excited about the invitation of the german embassy in Sofia/Bulgaria to our first international tape art trip. During the four days of our trip we taped in the embassy itself, at a local graffiti festival and also did a little freestyle quicky at a creative hub called Fabrica 126. For the sprite graffiti festival we did a piece that is a persiflage to the colossal monument of a soviet soldier that was right at the festival spot – instead of the gun he holds up a tape roll. The other work is a classical graffitipiece were we not only changed the medium from spraycans to tape: „тиксо“ translates into tape!
This project was realized in the berlin undergrond club Brunnen70. It is a tape art installation that is responsive to light: We only used blue, green and red tape – each of these colors will only light up if you shine on it with light of the same color! This „rgb-effect“ allowed us to incorporate three layers into a single artwork. To further exploit this effect we constructed the forms as 3 dimensional structures that all follow the same vanishing point.