«Cell Phone» by Innerfields

Innerfields Interview about his project » Cell Phone»
03-08-2021

Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Cell Phone

Location : Donaustrasse, Berlin

Year : 2019

1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?

Out of our more recent works we would choose «cell phone». This was created in one of the

hippest districts of Berlin, which is very well digitally visually documented. Passers-by who

photograph our mural feel at the same time caught in their own instantaneous reflection.

2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?

It was a legal work embedded in an official and therefore legal mural art festival called „THE PARKHAUS“ in 2019. These festivals are usually simply authorized by the owners of the different buildings. This car park used to be simply a black square that nobody noticed, except for its ugliness maybe. Now it’s a magnet for people who live there and also tourists.

3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?

It mirrors your own relationship to your cellphone and asks: are you still independent? Maybe

one can feel the handcuffs attaching their own phone to their hands while looking at it and

particularly while taking a picture of it with the cellphone.

4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?

The mural was very high up at the wall. Down below there are cafes and places to hang out.

Those people were of course watching and curious, but not influencing our work.

5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?

We don’t care so much. It can be challenging sometimes, when some people find our message

too strong. And at the same time real interaction with inhabitants is also enlivening. In the end its

important that the mural takes its place and can be discovered by passing people, to bring them

out of the daily routine. It doesn’t fir our way of working, but we find it interesting to explore

inviting the neighborhood into the process.

6- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?

The topic is very up-to-date, people can identify with it and even feel caught. It is photo

realistic, which is by a lot of people perceived as aesthetic, and it is very clear and simple. It

immediately activates something in the viewer. In the end, some people find it aesthetic, others

don’t. Of course we personally stand behind what we are bringing to live.

7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?

We always do portraits of our time, it doesn’t really make sense to preserve it. It lies within the

nature of street art that it ages with the city, as it is a part of it. And it will live on digitally, which

makes it easier to let go. 🙂 Some of our murals also exist on canvas.

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

It brings intellectual discourse and also emotions out in the streets. Everyone receives the

impact, without a gap of education or social status. And it makes gray and hostile environments

friendlier and uplift the spirit.

9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?

To find a language which is not discriminating or hurting people in their feelings. This is not an

easy job, because we develop our images out of our own reality and not everyone shares this

reality.

10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

The relationship to the environment is what makes it important. And that it’s not selective

regarding education and social status. It treats everyone the same and can make people feel

they sit in the same boat.

We don`t know where time will show the way and we will be riding the wave of artistic

challenges floating to us.

Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.

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