Artwork from Dan Rawlings

Short Haul

Urban Nation, Biennale

September 2019

As nature sweeps over the relics left behind from the oil age, will it pause to toy with certain objects?  After-all aircraft are a great symbol of our willingness to put comfort and convenience ahead of conservation and sustainability..

Photo by Nika Kramer

From September 13 to 15, 2019, the first URBAN NATION Biennale “ROBOTS AND RELICS: UNMANNED” transformed the space under the U-Bahn high line at Bülowstraße into a time capsule encapsulating both the origins and the distant future of cities. Curated by URBAN NATION director Yasha Young, a cooperation with 27 renowned artists has resulted in a unique, walk-in work of art of more than 100 meters in length.

In a Gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art a multitude of scenarios range from a ruined city to unpopulated natural spaces, such as forests, seas, jungles or deserts. Installations, interactive sculptures and live performances afford the visitors a glimpse of diverse worlds while challenging every last one of their senses. The artworks take their cue from the 17 goals of sustainable development formulated by the United Nations.


Nomad Clan
Ekow Nimako
Gehard Demetz
Coderch & Malavia
Theater Anu
Sandra Chevrier
Rune Guneriussen
Millennium FX

Julien de Casabianca
Louis Masai
Dan Rawlings
Dima Rebus
Filthy Luker & Pedro Estrellas
Frédérique Morrel
Vegan Flava
Rocco and his Brothers

I’ve only included images of my own work because i couldn’t post enough to show how good the event was.

You can get a good overview from this video.

I was fortunate to be able to set up a temporary studio in a spare space at the nightclub Griessmühle. Photographer Nika Kramer took some great photos while we were there.

I had a Great time working and exploring in Berlin, I owe many thanks to Yasha Young and everyone at Urban Nation & YAP for making the project happen. Thanks to everyone at Griessmühle for making me feel so welcome and huge thanks to Holger Schelsky for all the help.