We are a collective of six aspiring artists and formed TAPE THAT in 2011. Inspired by the possibility to create something new out of an everyday object, we mostly works with adhesive tape as a medium. With roots in the urban art movement, our works range from complex and colorful tape and light installations to minimalist black and white murals. These tape artworks can be found in a variety of places, such as underground nightclubs, abandoned buildings, showrooms and galleries. While focused on Berlin, the collective is active in many other cities, nationally and internationally, with recent and ongoing projects in the USA (Los Angeles), Peru (Lima), Egypt (Cairo, Minya), Spain (Palma de Mallorca), Qatar (Doha), Bulgaria (Sofia), Cambodia (Phnom Penh, BattamBbng), and the UK (London).
Our fascination for tape art lies in thecombination of endless creative possibilities and the natural limitations that one has to deal with while working with tape. We are constantly challenged and inspired by the different characteristics of this medium, and the ways in which it influences our creative process. It is important for us to always involve the surrounding environment when creating each piece, thus ensuring a unique expression that fits within its context. Some of our artworks are simplistic and minimal, while others consist of intricate and complex structures. Working as a collective, each of us contribute our own unique styles and ideas, that complement and inspire the group’s work as a whole. Each project has a strong focus on cooperation – not only within the collective but also with the organizations we work with, other artists, art enthusiasts and art novices. Through our work we have had the opportunity to spread tape art as an art form and to introduce it to people around the globe who were unaware of its existence. This is probably the most rewarding aspect of our work, and we are more than excited to be a part of a movement that is just beginning.
Daniele Roccaro, 1984, is an artist and designer, lives and works in Berlin.
He studied architecture in Italy and Spain. After completing his studies, he moved to Vienna where he works as a designer, then he moved to Berlin in 2011 where he lives and works both as a painter and an architect...