I organised the MeBike Festival Week with the US artist Abner Preis in 2007. The event involved different locations throughout the city of Amsterdam: the Carhartt Store, the outside area of the Westergasfabriek and a secret party location too. We invited more than 100 European streetart and graffiti artists, as well as bike designers to show their skills on empty walls and the sponsored Carhartt Bikes. We covered more than 500 sqm of space and painted as many sqm of walls by The London Police (UK), Will Barras (UK), Morcky (IT), Flying Fortress (GER), Lil’Shy (FR), mymo (GER), Tina Villa (KRO), Miss Van (FR) and many more. The Carhartt Bikes were morphed into extra-ordinary vehicles by artists and collectives such as Whystyle (IT), Claudia Tattoo (GER), Zedz (NL), Amok (NL), Lordh (IT), Hanazuki (NL), Laser 3.14 (NL) and Galo (IT). The event ended with an open air cinema where we showed films such as Les Triplettes de Belleville and the independent film B.I.K.E. about the New York tall bike subculture world. MeBike – The Dream Bike Project is a green initiative that I have planned, produced with my friend and US artist Abner Preis. The idea is based on a Simpson’s episode, where Homer’s brother wants Homer to create his fantastic dream car. So, Homer develops a car named The Homer which had everything he thought should go into a car, including: a toaster, bathroom with a 360 degree view, beer keg, some TV’s and a small swimming pool. In Amsterdam style, we turned the question into: “How do artists with different roots and backgrounds dream about their dream bike?” and we explore this through 3D works, installations, motion graphics, paintings, poems, graffiti, music and much more from contemporary international artist.
Title: Mebike Festival (2007) / Concept and Production: Abner Preis, Claudius Gebele / Location: Carhartt Store, Westergasfabriek and Kattenbak Amsterdam / Artists: 180 Amsterdam (NL), The London Police (UK), Will Barras (UK), Morcky (IT), Flying Fortress (GER), Lil’Shy (FRA), mymo (NL), Tina Villa (CRO), Miss Van (FR), Whystyle (IT), Claudia Tattoo (CH), Zedz (NL), Amok (NL), Lordh (IT), Hanazuki (NL), Laser 3.14 (IT), Galo (IT), Chido Johnson (US), Chiel van Zelst (NL), Eric Staller (US), Ottograph (NL), Kattenbak Collective (NL), Conor Cronin (FR) et al. / Partners: MacBike, Amsterdam Weekly, Carhartt Amsterdam / Video and Edit: Abner Preis, The Boghe / Music: Shablo