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On the curbs and in the mountains, under a wave or banging off a rail, it is happening today as if there were no tomorrow. Modart is not a mere ‘mode’ as in fashion, but rooted closer to ‘mode’ of transport, to the movement of creative energy and ideas into wellexecuted actions; into activism, art and raw investigations of media aesthetics. Modart Magazine launched in 2004, following acclaimed group exhibitions in Munich, Germany featuring raw talents like Ed Templeton, Natas Kaupas, Jim Avignon, Lance Mountain, Jeremy Fish, Andrew Pommier and over 25 other artists attached to the skateboard, Graffiti, or broader street art scenes. From the first publication, Modart was widely perceived as a fresh and informed voice for all forms of outsider or activist arts, and placed a spotlight on creative talent within these communities, helping to develop ideas, exhibitions and authentic documentation of attitudes, art and experimentation. Modart magazine is currently distributed across Europe. Other services include: Exhibitions, Events, Consultancy and Modart TV

Managing Director Christian Vogler christian@modarteurope.com Editor in Chief Harlan Levey harlan@modarteurope.com Art Director Tobias Allanson tobias@modarteurope.com Production, Distribution, Sales Oliver Kurzemann oliver@modarteurope.com Events & Exhibition Anne Scherer anne@modarteurope.com Publisher Rebel Media Limited Editorial Office Good Guy Marketing GmbH Modart Magazine Erlerstrasse 1 6020 Innsbruck Austria www.modarteurope.com

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Mini edition

Yesterday’s Yesterday’s Modart, Today’s Headline News The Street Art Phenomenon: No Surprise for Modart Modart, Today’s Their work is now trading in auctions and art fairs for insane amounts of money. Their attitudes and aesthetic approach have gone from obscure fringe Headline News

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expressions to the focal influence of the current culture industry. Last month,

The Street Art Phenomenon: the world’s most famous art institution, the Tate Modern, held a street art No Surprise for Modart exhibition introducing several young artists to their wide audience. Street Art earns its social papers at the Tate and yes, fashionable people are always in Their work is now trading in auctions somebody else’s old clothes.  and art fairs for insane amounts of The venue may be new, but the work, personalities and spirit involved clearly money. Their attitudes and aesthetic aren’t. Modart has been collaborating and documenting the evolution of this approach have gone from obscure fringe expressions to theemerging focal art scene, believing in it and getting dirty with it for years. What’s for the Tate, is only new for those who haven’t been looking.  influence of the current new culture industry. Last month, the world’s Wanna know what’s coming next before it makes the papers and gets most famous art institution, the broken down into oversimplistic sales points? Hear from the artists and their Tate Modern, opened a street art community directly instead of waiting for it to be fed to you?  exhibition introducing several young artists to their wide audience, in Modart! a Read show that runs until August. Street Art Wanna know what’s coming next Continued inFolk the Here's Street Art today, but like yesterday, what remains will be Art, rest earns its social papers at the Tate anda tip. before it makes the papers and gets the bloody aesthetics of love, risk and rebellion. of this mini Modart … yes, fashionable people are always in broken down into oversimplistic somebody else’s old clothes.  sales points? Hear from the artists To Open up the Scope Art Fair, the The venue may be new, but the work, and their community directly instead Modart Creative Boat party features work from several young artists you personalities and spirit involved clearly of waiting for it to be fed to you?  won’t yet find in any fair. Have a look aren’t. Modart has been collaborating Read Modart! and see what you feel. and documenting the evolution of this emerging art scene, believing in it and Here's a tip. Street Art today, but like But hey, this is no time for news or getting dirty with it for years. What’s yesterday, what remains will be Folk straight lines – no breathalyzers on Art, the bloody aesthetics of love, new for the Tate, is only new for those this boat: Have Fun! risk and rebellion. who haven’t been looking. 

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Comenius Roethlisberger

THE INVISIBLE HEROES Basel | Switzerland

Admir Jahic Comenius Roethlisberger Pawel Ferus Smash137 www.invisibleheroes.net


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Bern | Switzerland www.rodjagalli.com www.iloveartbastard.com

Stefan Strumbel Offenburg | GErmany www.deineheimat.com


DIE SEINER

Aarau | Switzerland Florian Hauswirth Lain Thomas Walde Christian Peter www.sein.se

lichtfaktor Cologne | GErmany www.lichtfaktor.eu


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Frerk & Marc Wรถhr Stuttgart | GErmany

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workingclass hero Ennetbaden | Switzerland www.workingclasshero.ch


in Motion /07/08 Modart is indeed about movement and we got the blisters to prove it. We’ve got the pictures to prove it as well if you don’t want to see our feet. Like the art and projects we present in the magazine, our scale of events is pretty difficult to pigeonhole; curiosity leads to border crossings. From partnered events, to producing massive exhibitions, presenting work at the Scope Art Fair or putting on Modart parties … our feet have been moving as we continue investigating the aesthetics of our lives.

Rock am Ring

Artists: Bo130, Microbo (IT)

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Other work exhibited from: Aikoboghe (NL) Neasden Control Centre (UK)

Nürburg | Germany

82,000 fans flock to a small German town famous for speed and hosting Germany’s largest music festival. Modart was upstairs in the VIP and downstairs in the mud. Our first partnership with Suzuki, Modart worked with Bo130 and Microbo to introduce the audience to the vulnerability of art.


SUZUKI BMX MASTERS Cologne | Germany

2007

It rained. It poured. It was freezing as we set up installations in 3 construction wagons and the VIP lounge. The event organizers, and this is an event with loads of history, had no doubt that by opening day it would be 40 degrees with sands whipping in from the Sahara. We thought they were crazy. In fact, they were not wrong. Friday the sun rose, the heat nearly hurt and the BMX Masters rocked. One of our favorite events from last year!

Artists: Christophe Lambert (CH) Victor Castillo (CL) Morcky Troubles (IT/NL)

MTV Designerama Berlin | Germany

2007

A beautiful historical building in Berlin would be the backdrop for Modart to welcome guests to MTV’s annual Designerama show. While MTV should stop immediately with the reality programming, they do know how to throw a wicked party and the fashion show was scorching as the volume seemed to keep going up. To balance clean, crisp and sexy graphic styles, Modart offered a playful and rough introduction to the fun with a special party gift for outgoing guests. Artist: Neasden Control Centre (UK)


2nd hand SMOKE Cologne | Germany

2007

An artist run colony of sculptures and studies in squatting and surveillance made a perfect host for a Modart exhibition. When the flames got hot and the sun went low, the work was removed from the wall and the venue also served as the ideal stomping grounds for an all night session. Artists: Smash137, RuediOne (DE), Twothings (IT/NL), Wayne Horse (DE), Guillaume Desmerets and Nelson de Farm Prod (BE), Stefan Strumble and Lichtfaktor (DE)

Scope Art Fair, Art Basel Miami beach Miami | US

2007

We first met the crew from the Scope Art Fair as we covered it for Modart one year ago. Finally a fair that left us fatigued for all the right reasons. We were honored when they showed us the same appreciation by inviting us to share works from our artist at their coming events. Vegas isn’t for you? Art Basel, Miami Beach … do it, at least once, and when the big fairs leave you frustrated, just remember that in the scope of things, that’s what big institutions usually do. No risk? Not interested.

Artists: Will Barras (UK) Logan Hicks (USA) Morcky Troubles (IT/NL) the Boghe (IT/NL) Mr. Jago (UK)


Who Killed the Aesthetikers? Mayrhofen | AUSTRIA

2008

Up in the mountains, Modart lived up to our creative motto theory, teaming up with the Aesthetiker crew to create a half pipe paint bombing performance, with professional riders heaving paint balloons at inverted stencils as they dropped in. To find out, which icon killed the Aesthetikers (Money? Guns? A younger generation? Themselves?), Will Barras worked off this creative action initiative to illustrate whatever stories he found in the paint smears. Sublime Fun! Artist: Will Barras (UK)

Scope Art Fair, New York City NEW YORK | US

2008

Round two at Scope. This time there was no boxing performance. Rumor has it that the first purchase was made by Lance Armstrong. There were no yellow bracelets. After earning acclaim in Miami, the Scope Art Fair took over the headlines in the big apple. This time we started up Modart Happy Hour and while the bar wasn’t stoked that we were giving away drinks, both our artists and ambience again had people smiling.

Artists: Vincent Skoglund (SE) Will Barras (UK) Logan Hicks (USA)


Artists: The London Police (UK) Bo130 (IT) Galo (IT) Boris Hoppek (DE) Alex Diamond (Unknown) Neasden Control Centre (UK) Will Barras (UK) Jon Burgerman (UK) Guillaume Desmerets (BE) Smash137 (CH) Admir Jahic (CH) RuediOne (DE) Twothings (NL/IT) Wayne Horse (DE) L’Atlas (FR), G aka Jerome Demuth (FR) Maoma (IT) BTOY (ES) Ephameron (BE) Never Effect (BE) + A fragmented viewing of The Don Collection (IT)

No New Enemies at Les Nuits des Botaniques BRUSSELS | BELGIUM

2008

Once again mixing visual sounds with music and putting art back into public spaces, Modart teamed up with the No New Enemies network to put on a show that brought in nearly 10,000 guests in Brussels. Old and young bombed the police with paint, celebrated the Black Sheep and played in the space as No New Enemies spread some love in Brussels to the tune of great public appreciation.

When the head stops hurting … fill it again … Modart recommends Scope art!!! SCOPE, the cutting-edge contemporary art fair, returns for the second year to Basel in a new venue, a 60,000 square foot glass pavilion situated on the Rhine. Within walking distance of Art Basel 39, SCOPE will present its most international fair yet, showcasing 85 galleries from all over the world. SCOPE Basel 2008 exhibitors, special events, and curatorial programs amplify the fair’s signal achievement: introducing artists, curators, and cutting-edge galleries to new audiences internationally, making it the most comprehensive destination for emerging art available anywhere. Uferstrasse 80 CH-4057 Basel Switzerland Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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artists:

THE INVISIBLE HEROES

Admir Jahic (CH), Comenius Roethlisberger (CH), Pawel Ferus (CH) & Smash137 (CH)

Stefan Strumbel (DE) ro* (CH) DIE SEINER

Florian Hauswirth (CH), Lain (CH), Thomas Walde (CH) & Christian Peter (CH)

lichtfaktor (DE) workingclass hero (CH)

music:

Frerk & Marc Wรถhr (DE) Jesse da Killa (Raubfish) DJane Kay (Raubfish) Moe (Raubfish) Zest (Highwaykillers) Jahmazing (Jahmazing Sounds)


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