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, 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...
  • by Despina Stokou, 24 Nov 2011
    In the year and a half of its existence Bpigs might have admittedly stepped on a toe or two. Your responses, scold and enthusiasm have been a constant companion, helping us retrace our steps, or just move on. It seems like a good idea to publish a selection of those emails at this point, in a kind of Thanks Giving...
  • by Despina Stokou, 19 Oct 2011
    Never- Ever send an angry mail..not even from your iphone.  Can only translate the punchline -- conclusion of an email "dispute" between an applicant for an internship job at Flash Art Magazine in Italy and Giancarlo Politi- director. A girl from London adressed the issue of the unpaid (8-9months long...
  • by Despina Stokou, 12 Oct 2011
    We seem to be moving towards winter backwards in the calendar and Berliners always react unexpectedly to extended sunshine. First the article of Kai Müller in Tagesspiegel informing extensively about how the so called Seven (powerful galleries) rule the scene in Berlin, then this email on Saturday from...
  • by Despina Stokou, 19 Sep 2011
    The Godfather part III He is very big in Italy... Is he, ha.. I thought it was just a friend of John’s.. He is huge in Italy... Here in Berlin he is a nobody. That is what I love about berlin, you can be anybody anywhere, here we are all the same. Yeah I don’t know about that... I am big in...
  • by Despina Stokou, 17 Aug 2011
    I think it is ok if I just go ahead and say it: Saying you are an artist (in Berlin) is kind of the equivalent of saying you are Greek right now. Try it out. The minute your conversation with somebody at an opening gets interesting tell them “I am an artist you know”. (The reaction will also be similar if...
  • by Despina Stokou, 13 Jul 2011
    The other project space- VeneKlasenWerner I have been hearing the name VenerklaseWerner whispered around Berlin in awe for quite some time now, mostly in relation to some amazing after party or exclusive dinner, as things go in the arts. The whispers were so loud in fact that it actually took me some time to decipher...
  • by Despina Stokou, 6 Jul 2011
    from my article on http://www.berlinartlink.com/2011/06/23/spritz-kitsch-and-whiskey-sour/ LIST OF SMS EXCHANGED DURING THE OPENING DAYS OF THE VENICE BIENNALE Interview magazine party is scula grande, sestiere di san polo 2454. Text me if you hear of cyp party Gotta run. Orlan is at iceland Eating dinner...
  • by Despina Stokou, 29 Jun 2011
    Last week @ frieze d/e discussion about Leben in der Blase (living in the bubble) in Monbijou Park as part of based in berlin- about the growing (and growingly indifferent) expatriate scene in Berlin, I ran into Santiago Taccetti, Argentinian artist living in Berlin a few monrths now, who reads bpigs tips...
  • by Despina Stokou, 27 Jun 2011
     Berlin Tor str -01.06 “Dont know where to hang you my darling 150x400cm mixed media and oil on canvas. In order to unlock contact...“
  • by Despina Stokou, 4 May 2011
    According to a poster I saw on the street there were three Turner Prize winners having a solo show opening this gallery weekend: the coo-coo lady in Bortolozzi, the painting genius in Johnen and one more who now escapes me. It also escapes me who got nominated  GW King and King  in Autocenter (I am guessing...

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