Since it was founded in 2002, the FIT – freie internationale tankstelle – has stood for a meaningful art term, resisted all aesthetisising moments, and has sponsored art that is relevant to society, precisely positioned and visionary: On the basis of the finiteness of traditional energy sources, the aim is to return to the origin of the concept and to rename “energy” as a “living force”, as it was originally intended. The all-inclusiveness resulting from such an understanding is a commitment to all those energies which reside in the potential spectrum and which do not seem to have been recognised by the consciousness of society. A context of ideas that incorporates this, also formulated in terms such as Social Plastic and Extended Art Term, describes the concept practised at FIT, which looks for artistic-philosophical content in cultural and social creativity. In a filling station – robbed of its original function – pictures images are developed in such a way that the vision of a future of exhausted natural resources is translated into the creativity of those who gather here to work together and produce a new creative energy and “living force”. All the artists presented by FIT reflect this idea by their own means, whether through painting, installations or actions, with a clear impetus to enlighten.
“the artist is present”
07.09. // 19:00
Opening of the new mural by NOMAD.
09.09. // 21:00
Vodoo Sauna with Live DJ Set by NOMAD. Eclectic grooving and relaxed sweating.
“the artist is present”
If you ask Nomad what his profession or mission in life is, he answers : “Freedom”. Nomad is the blueprint of the contemporary Urban Artist. Educated and inspired by the Skateboarding, Hardcore Punk, Graffiti, HipHop and Rave Countercultures of the 80ies, his visual imprint on the early Berlin Street Art scene was immense. His thousands of freestyle roadside trash paintings and marker drawings on Berlin’s streets, earned him countless admirers and collectors and made his art visible all over the world – from Blogs and books to the homes of Hollywood Stars. His style – created by his lifestyle as a vagabond- is always evolving and incorporates “the necessary” – as he proclaims to use whatever style or material is available to maximize the focus on the pleasure of the creation. This can be a Renaissance inspired canvas in his studio, a marker scribble on a doorway or trash can, a Graffiti bombing on the wall of a huge dam or a sculpture made out of some tumble weeds in the desert. If Basquiat and Haring had had a Bastard Child, Nomad would be on his Facebook’s friends list. Nomad’s works magically reminds us that art does not need boundaries, nor does the artist. It’s a simple celebration of freedom, life and it’s vanity. It’s a healthy breath of fresh air in a world that is tied up with circumstances and definitions.