Discuvry – a little lucky house

One year has gone by since the pandemic has narrowed our freedom of movement and connections.
In this uncomfortable world situation, it is very easy to lose our motivation and don’t be able to see anymore all the small things that have always inspired our life path.
So we have to keep our spirits up! 
And for this today I want to tell you the story of a wonderful project that is a symbol of courage, strength, and optimism.
It is the project of the little traveling house of Discuvry.

The story of discuvry tiny house

My husband, Yukihiro Taguchi, and I built this tiny house at the beginning of 2013, on the occupied area in Cuvry Straße, called precisely Cuvry-Brache (Cuvry-Fallow), in Berlin, an empty lot that was for a long time the last free piece of land on the Spree’s riverside that managed to resist the big gentrification process.
Building an illegal house in the center of a European capital just using scrap found wood and the strength of our hands? Yes, why not!
That time I was a fresh graduated building engineer just arrived in Berlin, and just met the crazy and fearless Japanese artist that, years later, would have become my husband. And so the Discuvry project born, as a daring and optimistic mixture of what we could have done better and together.

The project moved from a combination of different factors: 

  • the wish of creating a big art project able to generate a strong life-changing united to the desire to merge our art practice with the simple and essential sides of life; 
  • a great interest in the spontaneous process of society development, free of conventions imposed by the contemporary civilization; 
  • and, of course, the difficulty and limited possibility of renting an apartment in Berlin for artists and freelancers, especially stranger, summed to the increasing price of the house in the city for the strong and fast gentrification. 

Every single piece of wood that compose our house was collected by us on the streets of Berlin, cut by hand with our Japanese saws, and assembled by hammer and nails.
We didn’t imagine that our little house would have generated a chain reaction: many others started to build their own houses till the creation of a multicultural village with more than a hundred inhabitants!
Our life was re-organized according to the resources and characteristics of the place: living in the middle of a capital city like Berlin without having home electricity and running water; sharing our space and our time because in Cuvry-Brache there were no borders.

We have lived there for 18 months, and this time, when our life and our art are inextricably linked, is documented by the stop-motion video created by Yukihiro.

In September 2014 a big fire was set in the camp and the illegal anarchic village was evicted.

But the happy end of our story is that we could dismantle and save our house as artwork and since then it has been the happiest and luckiest house, traveling and been exhibited around the world, from Germany to Denmark even up to Japan!
None of us would have imagined that this small house, born in not the most favorable conditions, survived to the fire and bulldozers, would have such a long and adventurous life! 

Moral of the story: don’t let the most difficult situations scare your passions and keep taking action to make your dreams come true.  Action fuels motivation!

And now the great news!

Last year Discuvry house came back to Germany and waited for one year in Bochum to be built and lived again. And the time has come!
The Discuvry project will stand again on the beautiful beach of Silbersee II, in Haltern am See, in the frame of the open-air public exhibition Ruhr Ding: Klima organized by Urbane Künste Ruhr, an institution for contemporary art in the Ruhr region.

Ruhr Ding: Klima will be open to the public from the 8th of May 2021, in the safeness and respect of all covid hygiene measures.
Please visit us and our tiny artsy home on the beautiful lake in Haltern am See, and follow the project updates on Discuvry Instagram profile.

If you are curious about the origin of Discuvry check the full story on the project’s old website.
For more information about the exhibition please visit the Urbane Künste Ruhr Facebook page

Waiting to meet you on the beautiful Silbersee II and have a nice chat on the terrace of our tiny house, I wish you the most beautiful and inspiring spring!


WATCH THE FULL ILLUSTRATED DIARY OF DISCUVRY IN KANAZAWA


Diva – Exhibition at AnkoKai, Berlin

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I’m happy to announce my next exhibition, in the frame of the fantastic and sparkling AnkoKai event!

On this occasion I will show a series of portraits of the AnkoKai’s beauties and performers, queer, colors and lipstick!

The portraits are inspired by Alberto Granzotto photos.

 

When: 6th April 2019, 20-01h

Event: Anko-Kai vol. 106 いろいろやりまっせSP🌸

♥♥♥ Party for hairy Geishas and Yakuzas with boobs ♥♥♥

Where: Club der polnischen Versager, Ackerstraße 169, 10115 Berlin

Facebook: AnkoKai

 

Mama: Mitani Nobuhiro a.k.a. Nobué

Dj: Parisienne Sasazuka

Dance Performance: Rieko Okada

 

I will be happy to meet you there and drink a glass (or two, three, four…) together!

Cheers and glitters,

Chiara.

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Coffee Spoon – exhibition in Berlin

I am so happy to announce my first solo exhibition in Berlin!

The show is gonna happen in the sweet venue of Chouquette Cafè, in Friedrichshain, and I’m gonna exhibit a new illustrated story created specially for the event.

My work focuses on the narration of empathy into people’s stories through images, that’s why for this occasion I wanted to create a story that could be narrated on the walls of a Berlin café in a natural way, as if it had always been there, a story that surrounds people silently but intensely.

Coffee Spoon is a story suspended in the time of one coffee.
Has it already happened or is it happening right now?

If you are in Berlin come to say hi, drink wine and listen the beautiful music by End of Dimension!

Coffee Spoon

Illustrated Story by Chiara Ciccarello

Vernissage: 7 Dec 2018, 19-22h _ Live Music by End of Dimension from 20:30

Exhibition: 8-20 Dec 2018, 10-18h (monday closed)

Looking forward to meeting you there!

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Soft City – Exhibition at Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin

I’m pleased to announce our participation in the group exhibition SOFT CITY, at Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin.

For this show I collaborated with a great artist, my art sensei, and last but not least my husband, Yukihiro Taguchi. We have been all around the east neighborhood of Berlin, Marzahn-Hellersdorf, drawing and shooting a stop-motion animation video, watching the city through a glass window…got curious? Come to see our short movie and installation at the exhibition!

The VERNISSAGE on Friday the 7th.
Music Live: End of Dimension
Performance: Yuji Ueno
+ Japanese Tea Ceremony

WHEN: from 7th September 2018 till 25th January 2019

WHERE: Schloss Biesdorf, Alt Biesdorf 55, 12683 Berlino

More info at the Facebook event page here: SOFT CITY – STADT & KUNST // JAPAN & BERLIN

Works by:
Florian Baron/Jenny Fadranski,
David Bauer, Linda Havenstein
Masaru Iwai,
Titus Spree,
Yukihiro Taguchi/Chiara Ciccarello
Katsuhito Nakazato/Sugano Matsusaki
Yuji Ueno
Concept and Curatos: Titus Spree, Linda Havenstein, Karin Scheel