De-Diary

Editor in Chief, Despina Stokou, has been in charge of Bpigs since it first launched in 2010. Here she discusses her experiences, observations, and attitudes on being an artist, the art market, and life in general.

  • by Despina Stokou, 19 Sep 2012
    Rosa Barba (carlier gebauer) how many gallerists are needed to make something work? To be perfectly honest, I thought abc was kind of blah. Ok let me rephrase that. abc was fine, people liked it, quite a few LOVED IT (our editor Maria Santos for example), it was new, fresh, airy*, very well made, in fact I can...
  • by Despina Stokou, 14 Sep 2012
    If collecting is a virus- I think I got it: Acquire unique objects that will guide, inspire, comfort and maybe even bore and enrage you throughout your life. Objects you and you alone possess (and are possessed by). I get it. To enrich my imaginary collection started at Art Cologne this year I browsed abc yesterday....
  • by Despina Stokou, 12 Sep 2012
    In the uncertainty of our ever shifting art times; where anybody could be somebody any minute (and nobody the next),  nobody risks disappointing a conversation partner who might eventually outrank him, politeness is religion and negation does not sound like one. It sounds like an affirmation. A few examples....
  • by Despina Stokou, 4 Sep 2012
    BPIGS, first issue budget plan - June 2010 “The identity of an artist doesn’t have to be a truthful one, they believed. (about Duchamp and Man Ray) What they were doing was unpicking the conventions.” Jennifer Mundy, curator of Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia Tate Modern "Everything is true, only...
  • by Despina Stokou, 30 Aug 2012
    St. Agnes church - Wed night Michaela Meise performed church songs that relate to her recent album Preis dem Todesüberwinder Berlin is apparently a teenager of 772 years old. I am not quite sure how old the art scene in Berlin is, but all everybody seems to be asking (themselves) in the last year is- Is it EVER...
  • by Despina Stokou, 22 Aug 2012
    The only other word that is pronounced with the same eye rolling, self explaining disgust and dot dot dots besides “Artists!...“  is without a doubt the word: “Tourists!...“ As we spend these last summer weeks in what resembles the mood in a heterosexual relationship in demise: hot-storm-...
  • by Despina Stokou, 27 Jul 2012
    Back in February, when I had gotten all intern crazy and spent a week actually joking about building the "pigs" army. I met this girl, the last of a series of young people offering to do everything for nothing. She had been a while in Berlin, got some street smarts, funny, british (the accent..) and most...
  • by Despina Stokou, 24 Jul 2012
    Our Likes our now complete- Maria, Rachel, Christian and mine below. Now your turn! Send in or comment online the 5 things you absolutey adore about Berlin and its art scene. We will post all half -way sane answers with a name, as soon as we get some. Der Fernsehturm I LOVE the Alex Tower. I just love it. It...
  • by Despina Stokou, 5 Jul 2012
    -Why did you come to Berlin to work? -I have promised myself I will not answer any more questions about Berlin. First of all football. So Germany triumphs over Greece, to get beaten to a pulp by Italy, who in their turn got absolutely ridiculed by Spain in the final. It feels like  there is a karmic statement...
  • by Despina Stokou, 4 May 2012
    You don’t forget fear.  How can you? You forget the name of someone the minute they utter it at an opening and you forget the name of a guy you met in Kingsize. You don’t forget fear. Is that a politically correct euphemism for f*ck fear, like we would say fudge fear? Or is this word really weighed in...
  • by Despina Stokou, 9 Apr 2012
    Berlin and its art scene have long past the age of no man’s land innocence- the city is growing, the art scene tries to find it’s pace. Growing pains and conflicts come with it. As a mental exercise for the upcoming bb and in celebration of Easter  I wanted to attempt a collective Berlin-Art Hate-o-...
  • by Despina Stokou, 29 Mar 2012
    This letter is inspired by all the so called unsolicited proposal emails, everybody, who has even remotely something to do with offering exhibition opportunities, gets by the dozens. I collect these emails, as I am always intrigued by their tone, a rather psychotic split between worship and hate. When I was going...
  • by Despina Stokou, 16 Mar 2012
    I have been thinking a lot lately about this new language, spoken in art openings and events. It is of course English, or Euro English* but it is also more than that. The main characteristic of this language- lets call it PR Language or Art English, is that nothing means what it says. The surface of the sentence (and...
  • by Despina Stokou, 27 Feb 2012
        This is maybe the rudest thing I have ever admitted thinking, but when I watch a semi senile Über Artist being attacked by flashes and moronic journalist questions “You are in the...autumn of your career, what comes next?“, I just can’t help but think: Dudeee get off the pot...
  • by Despina Stokou, 14 Feb 2012
    My journey to emotional growth has started with Felicita, back in the days where there seemed to be only two songs at parties, (the Duck song being the other one), and somehow has made a full circle to Synchronize Lips. So maybe it is just me, but falling, being and surviving love was the...
  • by Despina Stokou, 28 Jan 2012
    It could be funny, but then it is not. Giti Nourbakhsch ( and I am going to say the name correctly just this once out of respect) announced she is closing her gallery in March, via a YouTube video, where she is dancing to Udo Lindenberg's "Ich mache mein Ding" or short "Mein Ding". (This is...
  • by Despina Stokou, 5 Jan 2012
    whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can filch or provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever works.(as long as you don’t hurt anybody) I don’t  know where you stand on the I love/hate Woody Allen scala, but I cannot think anything better than this speech of...
  • by Despina Stokou, 6 Dec 2011
    Christmas magic: More Merry than a free Blackberry.   *No Art. Finally we get to enjoy the Art of Cooking, the Art of Drinking (good quality wines for a change) even the Art of Caroling if you super traditional. The Art of Living without Art.   * Animal motives in knitwear: I know I know... but hear me...

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