Archive for June, 2010


I’m really happy for my students right now, Djifa Kothur and Tanda Dhlakama.


By (another) coincidence, I came across Kittens, an English-speaking journal produced within a network called Junge Linke gegen Kapital und National (which translates to “Young Left against Principle and Nation”).

Looks like more summer reading for Stickerkitty….

Here is a Junge Linke sticker I found in Berlin in 2003-04.  I’ll dig around for others more recent.

Dry town

No stickers in this hot, dry town.  (Correction: humid.  It just felt hot and dry cuz of so many streets and concrete sidewalks baking in the sun.  Plus dry = no alkeehol, no stickerz, etc., hahaahaa.)

Summer solstice

I’ve been trying to figure out what the hell I am doing (at least with my sticker project).  Since 2004, I’ve been to Berlin six times and made dozens of trips to NYC, plus individual trips to San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Munich, and Madrid (mostly work-related except for NYC).  Students, alumni, and friends have picked up stickers in Amsterdam, Rome, and several cities in eastern Europe.  A couple of thousand stickers by now.  A growing database.  An exhibition in 2006.  A blog with musings and lots of links.  Two conference papers.  A few sticker contacts.  A faculty carrel.  A SLU-funded study trip to Germany with three students this summer.  Another upcoming exhibition in the fall of 2010.  A short list of publishers, residency programs, and grant opportunities.

Now what?

I need to figure this out.

The reading and research I’ve been doing leads me to Web sites regarding antifa, anarchy, (anti)-authority, identity, nationalism (often through sports), politics, war and political conflict, globalization, etc.

There is such a huge amount of material out there that I’m not sure where to focus my energy.  What’s my angle?  Cultural studies seems the most apt, but I don’t know anything about social theory, literary theory, political economy, etc.—or I should say, not enough to write about in relation to stickers and street art.  I met recently with a consultant in academic publishing who thinks I’m onto something with my sticker project.  She suggested I write about this material in relation to my interest in visual literacy and media literacy, which would certainly be unique.  But would it be of use to anyone in any sort of circumstance or situation?  She reminded me that publishing is about sales.  Yeah, I know.  I just don’t know how my project translates into $$.  If anything, the stickers and street art I’m interested in reject capitalism and capitalist authority wholeheartedly.

Just today, I came across a blog linking back to mine called Anti-German Translation.  They had used a few of my antifa images in a post called Variousness 8 (30sep09).  The ATG Web site led me to a fantastic list of resources with categories labelled: anti-german translation picks; antifa; autonomous culture; autonomous politics; eurozone; football; conspiracy; kritik and theory; middle east; thinkers; documentationsarchiv reporting global fascism; icare news; the cst: monitoring anti-semitism; contested terrain: platform against anti-semitism and for emancipation; shift: anti-capitalist perspectives; 3wayfight: our enemies’ enemies are often not our friends; slackbastard: against fascism, for anarchy; and planet kommunismus.  Each category includes scores of links.

See what I mean?  So much reading to do, much less make sense of.  I’ve always thought of myself as a studio artist, not a writer.  I like making things.  I do like to write, too, though.

A new me, perhaps.  Just in time for the summer solstice.

It works.

the process is the product

This is a test to see if one can add hyperlinks from a Word doc into a blog post.  In this case, we’ll try it here in Stickerkitty.  And my friend Joe’s blog Sharp Sand.

Wooster Collective in Berlin

Too bad my SLU study group and I will miss the Wooster Collective meet-up in Berlin and a chance to meet Marc and Sara Schiller, the NYC-based couple who has done so much to advance street art around the world.  Plus the students would have loved going to the hip Club der Visionaere; they talked about it all the time.

No complaints, though.  Our recent trip was fantastic in all respects!!

Hatch Kingdom

Lots to write about our trip to Hatch Kingdom, the only sticker museum in the world, but for now:

MediaSpree protest June 5, 2010

During the last day of our study trip to Berlin, Spencer and I found ourselves at the front end of a street protest against MediaSpree.  Well, the front end of 1/2 of the protest, as it turned out that two groups merged together from both sides of the Spree.  MediaSpree involves the commercial development of property along the river in the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts of former east Berlin that is dislocating neighborhoods, squats, local businesses, etc. with big multinational shopping malls, office buildings, MTV, Universal Studios, and the controversial o2 arena.  People are calling it a new wall to replace the Berlin Wall that ran through the region.  Unfortunately, Stickerkitty forgot to bring her camera that day (crap), but there are a bunch of photos on Flickr if you search MediaSpree, including good sets from PM_C and Mikael Zellman.  Berlin was dotted with stickers, fliers, and a huge mural announcing the protest.

Despite what was supposed to be a peaceful protest there was a strong police presence, which is something I certainly wasn’t used to.  Kitty didn’t like the scary dogs that were there like this one.

It was fitting that our trip ended in front of this mural, which is on the cover of the book I gave to the students before we left, Street Art in Berlin 3.0 by Kai Jacob.

Back home + time to restore some honor!!!

While there is still so much to think and write about regarding the recent trip to Berlin, I want to add this post about the upcoming Restoring Honor rally in DC this summer.  Check out the rip-off of Shepard Fairey’s rip-off design (below).  Hello, post-modernism!  Is that what you’d call this?  I can’t keep track anymore, much less tag this post….  Lately it seems that “Stickin’ it to the Man” combined with “The Man Stickin’ it Back” seems to work in a number of situations.  Not sure what that means quite yet, but it might be an unfortunate reality in this karazy mixed-up world, n’est-ce-pas?



Flickr Photos

June 2010