W+K Tokyo

W+K Tokyo Lab @ Pictoplasma Berlin

+cruz and Shane represented W+K Tokyo Lab at Pictoplasma in Berlin two weekends ago. We took an overnight flight Weds. night, landing in Berlin with no sleep on Thurs. morning. The event was held at this building/convention center called the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt.

haus

haus

haus

Inside the large open area when you walk in was an installation by Friends with You, including a giant smiling inflatable bouncy house.

friends with you

friends with you

friends with you

friends with you

In the basement was the gallery exhibition, with many excellent character based artworks by a wide range of international artists, some of which you can see in our photos, as well as here.

art entrance

art

art

art

art

art

On Thursday we went and caught the presentation by Saiman Chow, and it was really inspirational for me to see his talk. Saiman is a fellow Art Center alum, and he remarked something like it was the most expensive art school you could go to. :D

saiman

Later on, we went and visited gallery Neurotitan, which is now hosting the Tokyo.Ten exhibition. You walk through a small alley and staircase covered in amazing street art to enter the gallery. Neurotitan also has an excellent shop with design and art books, zines, records and T-shirts.

neutronian

ten flyer

neutronian ten

neutronian ten

neutronian ten

neutronian ten products

In the other half of the gallery was a rad show of pixel art made from Post-it notes.

neutronian pixel

neutronian pixel

Other shops in the vicinity we visited were O.K. and Pro qm, two of my favorites discovered on my last visit to Berlin. A guy called Digiki had apparently visited Pro qm just before us…

o.k.

proqm

digiki proqm

That night we met friends Aleksandra and Oliver for dinner in the same area. Most the restaurants had closed by this time, but we found one vietnamese place to eat at.

vietnamese

aleksoli

Between all these things we were taking time to prepare the showreel and presentation back at the hotel. We kept preparing in the backstage area up to about 10 minutes before the presentation actually started. Then +cruz started his talk. I joined in later. A lot of people were in the auditorium which was nice. We met a number of nice peeps after it was over.

cruz

cruz

cruz

picto audience

Now that that was over, we turned toward preparing our visual presentation for the live show that would happen that night. The venue was the Tape club, Heidestrasse.

tape club sign

tapes hall

We saw this really cool band called Motherland perform in the same room where we did our visual projection. We caught their rehearsal, and later their live show, which was a collaboration with a art/fashion label Andrea Crews and had some fresh Disney-fusion styling. Here’s a couple videos of our favorite song in both rehearsal and live performance. We thought they were singing “touch bunny” in the chorus but were dying to know the real lyrics. Please send us your music!!!

motherland

motherland

Our show started and we took over the three screen projection and a white sphere for over an hour. There was no DJ; we let the sound from the videos flow.

vj setup

vj setup

vj hifana

vj crowd

vj akero

The reaction was good and we got a number of compliments. Finally we left the club sometime between 3 and 4. The next day we got up around 8 to fly out.

plane

Luckily we somehow arrived at Narita before the tragic exploding FedEx jet shut air traffic down that same morning. We went straight to W+K after that for work. It was a hectic but fun trip and we got to meet a lot of cool people. Hopefully we can visit Berlin again soon.