Berlin communicates via lamp posts and walls most of the time. Whether it’s lost pets or more obscure requests, the walls of Berlin sometimes resemble ancient cave walls and their rudimental sign language.
Posters, and many of them, advertising what’s going on in the city. Many times have I been stopped in my tracks to inspect a poster or two, as they compete with each other for the casual flaneur and his attention. All in all, those posters capture the zeitgeist of the city. Political posters, blunt advertising, cultural notifications and satire are part of the daily street life in Berlin.
Thankfully, there’s a Tumblr that collects these fleeting communicative moments of our city called POSTERS OF BERLIN.
It is a real composition of Berlin street life, and a timeline of political and cultural events. A lot of work has gone into collecting and archiving the massive amount of posters displayed.
Posters of Berlin has been around since 2012. You can scroll for days discovering posters that you have or haven’t seen before. Partys, concerts, festivals, readings. It’s an incredible feat of work, and a stunning collection by visual artist The Moza.
Posters of Berlin – A Zeitgeist Archive
I think Tumblrs like Posters of Berlin are an important addition to our cultural documentation. While they can only give a single perspective on things that are happening or trending, their insights are precious to the future generations who will try to understand our lives here.
But even if the chronology is messed up or slow to catch up – the blog isn’t updated very frequently – it’s also a very sweet collection of design and aesthetic values of a certain time and a certain place.
Beyond all that, I simply love the colorful posters of Berlin. It’s nice to see that someone jumped through hoops to archive a deluxe selection of them.