I’m really excited to get started on this regular feature. Hopefully over the next few months I will be visiting various artist studios and capturing a little more insight into various creative processes. If you’re a Berlin-based artist or collective with a studio-space, and have interest in sharing insight into your creative process, drop me an email.
Earlier this week I had the privilege of sitting down with members Ingo Albrecht (aka Disko Robot), Christian Heinicke (aka KidCash) to talk about the things that ignite their creativity and how they keep their work so fresh – hat tip to Mathilde Ramadier for helping make this happen.
It’s not ‘Street Art’.
It’s hard to pin-point the exact type of work Klub7 does since it spreads across so many formats. For instance, the group might work on a huge mural one day, but then the next they’ll haul a load of scrap wood off the street to use as support for intricate designs.
Yet they’re quick to point out that the urban nature of their work doesn’t mean it has to be labelled ‘street art’. In fact, defining the constantly evolving state of this group’s work with such a flimsy label as street art is simply unfair (as a side note, I’d say the debate around this sort of categorizing is roughly equivalent labeling a band’s music as ‘indie’).
Keeping it analogue.
From the conversations I had with Ingo and Chris, I got a better idea of the essence of their work and what motivates them.
Most importantly, Klub7 is driven by a relentless curiosity; and thus constantly experiments with new materials. That is, unconventional materials – not necessarily new in the digital sense, which is something they’ve only recently began working on. In fact, Ingo explained how these days the pull towards more non-digital or analogue formats is stronger than towards computer-based tools. This doesn’t stop them from working digitally however, since it has its own advantages as well.
Always staying curious.
I’d say the most important aspect of Klub7’s creative process is curiosity and never settling. This shines through all of their work and especially when one looks around their studio: whether it’s testing typographic skills on a piece of glass hung on the wall, or the results of a laser machine test from the Weißensee University, or the stacks of door-parts sitting on shelves, ready to be sand-papered and brought back to life.
DiskoRobot was kind enough to take the time and jot down some people and places that matter to the group:
- Friends & Collaborators: 44 Flavours, Various & Gould
- Favorite Graffiti Shops: Yard Five, Downstairs
- Favorite Galleries to find inspiration: Neurotitan, Schau Fenster, Skalitzers