The guerilla printing collective Raubdruckerin (“Pirate Printers”) has taken their urban printing technique on the road, embarking on a two-month tour around Europe. The Berlin-based artist Emma-France uses the surfaces of her city as a printing plate. With the aid of color, she prints the patterns of manhole covers, grilles and other architectural elements with optically interesting surfaces on fabric and paper.
“The resulting urban-inspired art is in some ways reverse street art, as parts of the urban space is taken away and carried by people through the world. They are themselves part of the project.”
The idea of using the city as a printing surface is not entirely new. At the end of the 80s, the two artists Andreas and Mathias Pohlmann used the surface of the city for paper prints and were published under the title “Coelner Grund-Buch”.
In addition to motifs from her hometown of Berlin, the Raubdruckerin is taking her technique of printing the urban surfaces to other cities like Lisbon, Lagos, Athens, Paris, Istanbul, Rome or Mexico City. The results will soon be revealed in Berlin at an exhibition in May 2017.