Ja, Doch: The Street Art Of German Small Towns

Hallo, meine Freunde!

Or as would my German friends say – hello, my friends! As you can guess, I’m not in USA right now, otherwise, why would I speak German to you, right?

I’m visiting in Germany right now, where I’ll be staying for the next 10 days. I’ll be visiting a lot of small towns around Gottingen, while staying in Lenglern, where my parents live now.

Lenglern is a very small town – the suburbs of a relatively large town – Gottingen, the home for the oldest universities Georg-August University (where my dad works and teaches), the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the private University of Göttingen – it’s a true student-faculty town, one of the ‘qualities’ I like about this place as it boosts with student (thus – affordable) bars and cafes, as well as the town lives and breaths with the biking culture. More than 26,000 students live in Gottingen, thus, there are always quite a few street arts – propaganda messages that the forward-thinking progressive youth would want to put out there, like this one:

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I also found their street art to be very outspoken and controversial, especially for a small town, which can unlikely be racist and nazist towards anyone. I’ve lived in this town and visited it so many times that I can’t believe my eyes when I see the flyers calling for anti-nazism action and support…Check them out and let me know what you think.

Last time I was in Europe – visiting Berlin and Stockholm last August, I’ve taken a note of the street art like graffiti, flyers, posters and other out-of-home promos, propaganda messages and advertisements. However, this time around I want to study them closely as I notice that the German ‘street art’ has a particular style – especially the ‘propaganda’ flyers and posters like anti-racism, anti-nazism, anti-sexism, anti-hate and etc. – they use the ‘punk-ish’ looking fonts/types and Bauhaus/Russian constructivism graphics/visuals. To make a note of that and see if anything changed between last summer and this summer – I took a walk around Gottingen to see what kind of street art I’d find this time. Here’s my finds:

What do you think?

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I’ll be also spending a day in Dusseldorf before I go back to New York City. One of the reasons I decided to visit Dusseldorf are the Dusseldorf Frank Gehry’s Buildings. Someone who’s interested in the graphic design would consider it a mistake to be passing by Dusseldorf and not taking advantage of the situation to see these unique architectural style. Wouldn’t you agree?

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5 thoughts on “Ja, Doch: The Street Art Of German Small Towns

    • Yes. I’ve noticed that the street art in Germany is more outspoken, less filtered and censored.

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