Since 2013, URBAN NATION has been transforming Berlin’s facades into a giant outdoor gallery and connecting people with their city using outdoor art and integrative neighborhood projects.
The vision of a global art community, a network without limits, became reality on September 16 when UBRAN NATION M– — USEUM opened its doors. In conjunction with the official opening this weekend the public was invited to discover the multi-dimensional artist OLEK’s live art performance in Bülowstrasse during the art venue called Art Mile.
On Sunday only OLEK and her team took her crocheted art materials to this open air section were the public could interact with the performers. Some of the works will then be displayed inside the museum as part of its collection.
The public performance piece transforms the process of making art from a solitary act into a collective adventure. For the performance OLEK looked for crocheters of all skill levels to join as performers.
Have a look at a few pics we took during the performance.
The artist Agata Oleksiak aka Olek grew up in Poland. She uses crocheting as an artistic technique and has devoted herself to yarn as a medium. In her works, she explores topics ranging from sexuality and feminism, to communication. Her creations are characterized by meticulous details and bright colors combined with her own political and cultural message. Olek also sees her mission as bringing color, life, energy, and surprises into public spaces. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
‘A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and art are inseparable. The movies I watch while crocheting influence my work, and my work dictates the films I select. I crochet everything that enters my space. Sometimes it’s a text message, a medical report, found objects. There is the unravelling, the ephemeral part of my work that never lets me forget about the limited life of the art object and art concept. What do I intend to reveal? You have to pull the end of the yarn and unravel the story behind the crochet’ – She says.
‘My work changes from place to place. I studied the science of culture. With a miner’s work ethic, I long to delve deeper and deeper into my investigations. My art was a development that took me away from industrial, close-minded Silesia, Poland. It has always sought to bring color and life, energy, and surprise to the living space. My goal is to produce new work and share it with the public. I intend to take advantage of living in NYC with various neighborhoods and, with my actions, create a feedback to the economic and social reality in our community’ – She says.
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