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Interview with Gosia Hejnat for "play MASTA- magazin for creative activism"

To go out on the street and make something spontaneous in the moment,based on a few materials found on the streets. That is what the artist Gosia Hejnat did in the video installation Plakatomania, filmed by the video artist Paul Prendergast. In the movie it is shown how sheintensively makes new pictures out of old posters, and tear them of thewall to take them home.

”I had no plan for the pictures, it was a reaction on the posters and what happened around me in the moment. What was not important I covered with white paint, and then I made new motives, from my own mind. In the end I struggled with the finished works, to take it off the wall, to bring it with me. I see the posters as sculptures more than pictures. Every poster is a piece of the history of Berlin. It consists of posters of events, something that took place. I am afraid that in 20 years this mess of information and posters will not exist, the streets are getting more and more controlled, and a mess like this will not be allowed. Then the posters will really be a piece of history.
Spending the summer in Berlin, living close to the Warschauer Strasse, I found myself in the middle of a flow of information. Every day something new happened, and to announce it, a new poster was stuck on the street. The posters that interested me the most, was the ones in illegal places.
Here no one cleaned the old posters away, they just stuck the new ones ontop of the others, in thick layers. One event that  really made a big impression on me was after some days of heavy raining, when I experienced the moment when a big wall of posters no longer stuck to the wall but fell to the ground. It was a complete mess of information, information that was no longer useful, lying on the street. I really loved the dirty posters, and the mess. I wanted to make something spontaneous in the moment, based on some few materials found on the streets.
In the big city of Berlin, where people do not look you in the eye, and acknowledge your existence, I felt ignored. That is one reason for why I wanted to make street art. I wanted to show the world that I existed, to say “Hello”. It is a complete different thing to do art in a closed room, compared to doing it in the streets. For me it is more interesting to work on the streets, since you get more influences.
Paul Prendergast is also fascinated with the street art in Berlin, whichalso shows in his videos. I like the way he films and the music he uses.It was natural for me to ask him to make a video about my idea and document my actions."