Wrangelkiez is hosting a pandemic love art happening! For many years the street artist Oliver O Rednitz has been spamming the walls of our favourite streets as a daily performance with the LITEKULTUR project. Open your eyes and strangely you will see his little messages everywhere. Love, Peace, Unity, his A3 posters have been entering the back of your mind without knocking for years. Why asking for a permission to say I Love You anyway?
This perfectly harmless entrysm politics is now taking over the walls of the LUX from August 28 to September 4th with the CLEAN 4 LOVE open performance RSVP here. Using the walls of the post industrial club as a central key point of the Schlesisches Strasse, Oliver O Rednitz invites everyone to come and participate in creating a collective message. Wrangelkiez has met the human behind the poster
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HOW DID THE STREET ART HAPPENING STARTED?
The whole project started under the label ‘LITEKULTUR’ with the idea to make a movie about ’Der Ring des Nibelungen‘ from Richard Wagner, where he presents himself as a true ‘Anti capitalist’.
WHAT IS THE STORY OF LITEKULTUR?
It started in 2001, when I was developing that treatment about the ’Ring’. In that process I transformed ’Loge, den Götterboten (Messenger of the Gods) from Wagner into a manic street priest, who is always wearing a white suit and a shirt saying ’JESUS LOVES YOU‘.
I was working on the script and saw that an Ecumenical Church Congress was coming to Berlin. I produced 1200 shirt with the typo ‘JESUS LOVES YOU‘ to sell it the Christians to finance my film project but sadly it did not work.
I asked all my friends to help me selling the shirts. One of them was going to the Dalai Lama ‘s lecture at Berliner Waldbühne so I went there with a T shirt “JESUS HEARTS YOU”. I crossed hardly the security and finally the Dalaï Lama held up the shirt. He blessed it pressing the shirt onto his forehead and left it back on his desk.
The next day, at Brandenburger Tor where I was spreading some postcards, a hippy asked me ‘Heh that’s the shirt of His Holiness?’. This man was not in the Waldbühne but he saw it on TV. The Dalaï Lama was on all channels, holding up the shirt, blessing it. I called SAT1 to get a copy of the program but they told me that they could not give me a copy if I did not know when and where it was broadcasted.
I was desperate. 15 minutes later I got an email from a.person.at.SAT1.de. I was totally surprised, cause I didn’t leave an address. Convinced that it has something to do with the shirt and his Holiness I opened it and read: ‘The best way to get a good reputation is to endeavour to be, what you desire to appear’. There was a file in the attachment…I clicked on it and my computer crashed! The SAT1.de apologized, explaining that their computers just had a virus.’This is not a coincidence! ‘I told him. This was the beginning of the 24 posters series entitled ‘Heldenreise’, that day I became a virus myself.
DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AS PREACHER OR A POLITICIAN?
Neither nor. Having the education and working as an architect, I am currently organizing more and more interactive, multidisciplinary and participative projects in public space, feeling myself as an all-rounder, being partially preacher and politician as well.
DO YOU HAVE A CORNER IN THE WRANGELKIEZ THAT YOU LIKE IN PARTICULAR?
Of course I do. I placed my posters around Görlitzer Park, at Bethanien or in front of LUX in Schlesische Straße but the most time I spread them in Wrangelstraße between Tabor ant Skalitzer Straße.
THE POPULATION OF THE KIEZ IS CHANGING BUT YOUR MESSAGES REMAIN THE SAME, DO YOU FEEL AN INFLUENCE ON THE PEOPLE?
The 24 Posters describe a process from the divine love over oneness to self love and inner peace. Although the Kiez is changing, the messages still have their importance as a mental sculpture, which condenses the space and describes a social sculpture. The increasingly privatized public space is reconquered by the posters and shaped by the viewer throughs, their perception, language, thinking and actions and reinterpretations. Specially nowadays with the increasing of privatization and gentrification, the poster series serves its purpose of awakening the people.
WHICH CAUSE IS SUPPORTING YOUR LOVE PROPAGANDA?
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE QUOTE?
„When the power of love overcomes the love for power, the world will be in peace.“
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King jr.
WHAT IS LOVE?
The energy that connects all men and woman. It is the the raw material from which the universe was built. Love is the beginning and the end of everything.
Photo by Karin Morf
DO YOU BELIEVE IN A HUMAN REDEMPTION?
Sooner or later yes. If we all recognize that we are one and derived from the same source called love redemption is no longer an utopia.
IF YOU COULD ADD A SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR ACTION, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
My friend made a song about the posters, ‘WE ARE ONE’ by Jonas Wolf . There will be plenty of others in my movie about the ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’.