The last two days were all in the name of one very remarkable part of Berlin: the BLOCK in Kreuzberg, comprising of Adalbert-, Oranien– and Skalitzerstraße and the streets within their proximity. The Rock the Block exhibition/kiezfestival was brought to life by Backjumps, a Kreuzberg located urban arts initiative and magazine, in cooperation with the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien. Backjumps, if you remember, have been hosting a couple of exhibitions so far that we’ve visited and have now transferred their gallery space into “reality”, if you will. Instead of using proper artsy canvas they’ve decided to go with the urban art spirit and display their artists works on walls, buildings, on the streets and among the passersby. Dozens of artists were part of the block-rocking, providing art and venues for exhibitions and workshops and parties in and outside.
Our whole crew headed down to the block to see what was going on. Indeed, good times were had. From various exhibitions to crazy performances and regular known names in the graffiti world, we all had our share of fun these two days. One should wish for more of these opportunities — Kreuzberg taking the chance and proving that it’s more than just another to-be-commercialized part of Berlin. Adrian Nabi, co-operator of Backjumps and “curator” of the Rock The Block festival, says that the Block is supposed to be open for all and everyone, no matter if they’re usually interested in art and galleries or not. It’s a Kiezfest for everyone in full Kreuzberg spirit.
We’re looking forward to the next edition. Some of the outstanding works we tried to capture on photographs.