Raubdruckerin (Pirate Printers) Printing the Cityscape – This is so Cool!

We’re really excited about all kinds of innovation and here, once again, is a fantastic example of innovative culture and design.

The Berlin based collective “raubruckerin” (which translates as something like ‘pirate printing’) uses existing urban and public surfaces such as grids, concrete structures and manhole covers as pre-made stamps to produce graphical imprints. Thus, seemingly banal elements of our urban environment are transformed and yield up a ‘secret dimension’ which is otherwise overlooked in our day-to-day lives as we pass through our cities.

The primary elements are cast iron manhole covers used to print on to clothes and paper. What emerges is a neglected form of “city art” which is surprising in its diversity and the way in which it is integrated into our lives, surroundings, and wider culture. One could say that elements of our immediate urban landscape are thus allowed to really make an impression on us!

As the collective points out:

This produces a refinement of everyday culture and a permanent mind-altering connection to our environment.

Almost all print works are produced directly on the object in public space and thus it has a clear performative character. Furthermore, there is a social dimension: people are invited to meetings and conversations about perception, places and objects. Spectators and passers-by are sometimes spontaneously invited to print their clothes!

So cool…!

Photo credit: “www.raubdruckerin.de”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from www.raubdruckerin.de.

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