Archive for September, 2010

Checklist for street art exhibition

Stuff done:

  • Letter of invitation from SLU to Oli and Nada at Hatch – received
  • ESTA forms filled out
  • Plane tickets purchased
  • Charlie pick-up at Newark
  • First night in Manhattan with Charlie and Mom
  • Charlie drives O+N to Canton
  • Lodging set up at 24 East Main for the week (for Spencer, too)
  • Text for exhibition card done, inc. quotes from 3 students
  • All of the card images selected except for the front
  • Test prints came in from Shutterfly today – looking good

Stuff in progress:

  • Kat’s working on text panels
  • Bridget’s working on her Facebook project/installation
  • Meeting with Jo at NCAT tomorrow to check large format printer and paper stock
  • Charlie better be working on his film, or he is toast
  • Need to get Oli a taxpayer ID number to pay honorarium
  • Juli helping with check request + wire transfer
  • Next Shutterfly order out tomorrow or Friday
  • SK (moi) is finalizing topics for her text panels
  • SK also doing final selection of her political stickers
  • Meet with Tracy to go over card design
  • Karen – mailing labels for bulk mailing and campus distribution
  • Posters for opening reception
  • Food for reception?
  • See if Martha Cooper wants to come to SLU when Hatch is here
  • MOO cards?

Yadda yadda yadda.  I lerv this stuff.

Upcoming exhibition at SLU + Rachel Maddow

There is so much to do to get ready for the upcoming street art exhibition at SLU that the fantabulous Stickerkitty blog is on the back burner right now.  One of the more difficult aspects of this exhibition, or any other for that matter, is putting together images and texts for the card.  Everything needs to be compiled in a very careful fashion b/c, for better or worse, the exhibition card lives on way beyond the exhibition itself.

On a side note, Rachel Maddow needs to slow down.  Luv her message, but whoa, she is talking way too fast.


I’m heading to DC this week on the coattails (har de har) of a Tea Party march on Washington, DC, held today at the foot of Capital Hill.  While there Tuesday-Thursday, I’ll keep a close eye out for stickers, fliers, street posters, and ephemera for and against.  The last time I was in DC over the summer, however, it was  s-l-i-m  pickings.

The Tea Party stuff (Palin included) belongs in a category I call “roadkill.”

Can’t look at it.  Can’t look away.

Nauseating, nonetheless.

This picture is from the NY Times article:


I was able to speak today with someone who grew up in (west) Germany, and I showed him stickers from my two recent trips to Berlin, the one in 2009 and the other in 2010.  He’s lived in the US for the past 30 years, but he talked about aspects of German history and culture that will help me make better sense of the stuff I have been gathering for the past six years.

My favorite quote of the day was, “Tempelhof is a cult like The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”  (I’ve got a dozen or so stickers about Berlin’s Hitler-designed Tempelhof airport that protest the ongoing commercial development of the site.)

What struck me again today is that every tiny sticker has a story to tell.  Every single one.

Wikipedia (sorry) says this of the Tempelhof airport:

The airport halls and the neighbouring buildings, intended to become the gateway to Europe and a symbol of Hitler’s ‘world capital’ Germania, are still known as the largest built entities worldwide, and have been described by British architect Sir Norman Foster as ‘the mother of all airports’.

Stickers speak of past, present, and future, as in the story above and a gazillion others elsewhere.  I know it probably sounds stupid, but when you think about it, maybe stickers are like grains of sand in a mandala.  Every grain of sand in a mandala is charged with particles of energy that represent time.  Stickers are like grains of sand that represent particles of energy – past, present, and future.  Sand, stickers, mandalas – all ephemeral.

Who knows.  It’s getting a little circular, and I’m tired.  I will sleep on it and report back later.  In the meantime, here is a(nother) random story to figure out.  Who wrote this?  Why?  What is s/he saying?  Why?

Scariest sticker contest

Pe3l Magazine announces Bomit’s scariest sticker contest for Halloween.  Hmmm….  Any ideas?

Sticker exhibition – subjects and topics

It’s too hot today to go back to Cambridge to collect stickers.  (Boo hoo….)

I am, however, organizing what I have from my last two trips to Berlin, and here below are the subjects and topics I’ve come up with so far to write about as text panels for the upcoming street and sticker art exhibition.  Some subjects are quite broad, while others are specific to socio/political issues during the last 5-6 years, and still others reference German history dating back to the 1940s.  So many subjects overlap that it’s difficult to sort them out sticker by sticker.  (I can write about that, too.)

ACAB (all cops are bastards)


Animal rights


Antifa (a huge topic covering a range of different issues)


Autonomy (Reclaim the Gardens) (gentrification)

Die Linke (Left Party)


Economy (Germany, EU)

FAU (Free Workers Union)

Gender and sexuality

German national statehood


May Day (May 1st)

MLPD (Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany)

NPD (National Democratic Party of Germany)

Nuclear energy/green energy/environment

Pirate Party Berlin (government Internet monitoring, data communications, privacy, civil rights)

Protests and demonstrations (CT – see list on Delicious)

Religious freedom



Silvio Meier (demonstration)

Soccer (anti-Nazi) ultras and fan clubs


Squatting (commercialization, gentrification)

Space invaders against…



Tempelhof airport (commercial development)



Flickr Photos

September 2010