When a spark is overleaping, a potential unfolds – be it in a scientific view as electrical energy or in the arts, e.g. when there’s electricity in the air between musicians and audience or when one gets touched by an artwork, because it’s got something special. Getting in touch with arts happens in Berlin’s daily life more often than one thinks, because the street-art collective “Mentalgassi” integrates form and function of e.g. public everyday objects, like bottle banks or ticket validation machines, fundamentally into their arts.
In this director’s cut version of „Converse - Mentalgassi“ from the series “Spark”, director Marc Hartmann shows a portrait of the artists and their work in an energetic style, which sometimes reminds of the energy-density of comics, because of its white frames, the occasionally appearing split screens and the enormous dynamic.
The music refers to that style and the rough environment of street art - but also to the zeitgeist, fun and humour of this art - with a track made of rough and edged but nevertheless swinging electro-beats, huge and groovy baselines and a distinctive funkyness, which invites to join in and nod your head. In this way a positive atmosphere and a fine underground style comes up. Because the rhythm of music and video is that highly interlocked, the movie reminds sometimes of a video clip – and emits sparks…