Von 4. Juli um 18:00 bis 2. August um 19:00

Xavierlaboulbenne, Schönlein Str. 5, 10967 Berlin

Mandatory in the electronic music scene, flyers announced both time, location and line-up of the venue but also through graphics and motifs, the spirit of the party. The only indicator before the Internet and Facebook hegemony, the little piece of paper acquired iconic status for its evocative power.

This exhibition proposes a selective presentation of some 300 flyers from 1994 to 2014, following the fall of the Berlin wall and the awakening of the Eastside of the German metropolis. Both the unique historical and geographical position of Berlin participated in creating a unique context for techno sound, the expression of a post-industrial society were counter-productive activities both reflected and transcended historical and economic trauma.

Without claim of exhaustiveness, the editorial preference insists on typographic and iconographic characteristics defined by the vernacular influence of Soviet propaganda and Bauhaus design.

In the age of total aestheticization, this exhibition suggests a metanoia, a reversal of the gaze, on nostalgic ephemera to a potent trace of subculture transformation.

With special thanks to Berghain Ost, Yusuf Etiman, Thomas Noesler and particularly Mike Riemel, author of “Flyer Soziotope”.

berlin flyers