The music turns into color, the beat into strokes.
November 2016. I was in Berghain for the third time in my life. I was dancing next to strangers, feeling surrounded by friends. I was free like never before. I loved myself. I loved my surroundings. And I was aware that I’m feeling this love. This was a ceremony and the music was a sophisticated shamanic drum.There was something sacred in that.
I had an incredible urge to share that experience with the whole world.
The lights were pulsating above my head. I could see the powerful dance movements. I felt the strong vibration of the music. I was surrounded by beautiful chaos.
And then it hit me. I can paint this experience. I’m looking at an abstract painting!
Everything connected for me with that realization. There is something incredibly unique about Berlin compared to other capitals. What makes this city special is it’s underground culture. Berlin’s Techno Scene differs from other Night Life cities for many reasons. This is not escapism as some may assume. Berlin’s famous clubs are places where people can find themselves, free of judgement, free to discover who they are and stop hiding behind a conformist mask.
This was my transformation process. As a painter I’m able to bring forth a subjective experience and make it visually available for others to connect to. This is my way to share the inner world.
Immediately I started thinking how to translate the Techno sound in a visual way. I decided to divide the process into three main layers:
The first layer must define the kind of energy that the painting will reflect. Here I take in the general vibe of the music and especially the rhythm. At this point the creative process is rather calculated as I choose the color combination.
The second layer, the main colors and forms, arise out of the “body” of the music. After the colors are chosen and the main shapes are on the canvas, I immerse myself into the music and let my hand dance. I want the energy to flow from the sound system, into my ears, into my hand, and onto the canvas in an unguided and unfiltered way.
All the sound variations, percussion, and melodic flow and take me on a journey. The energy urges me to move. Every four beats there’s a new path that flows into another. As a dancer, I express what I hear using the movement of my body. As a painter, I am able to bring the rhythm and energy through my hand onto the canvas.
In the third layer of the creation process, the high notes and the bass must give the painting it’s depth and contrast. The bass gives a set its power and its depth; it wraps everything together. The bass is the dark grey, blue, or black. The high notes accent the bass in clear bright colors, which land in fierce strokes.
The whole creation captures within it the subjective experience of the artist, as well as the objective surroundings that enable me to be inspired. In my expression I am bringing forth the innate spirit of the city.
Dina Shneider was born in Russia and immigrated to Israel with her family at the age of 8. She has attended a prominent arts’ high school and has a degree in Art History from Tel Aviv University.
Shneider relocated to Berlin following her career in Online Advertising. However about a year into Berlin’ life she has discovered that her job is the cause of her depression and that she would not be happy unless she’s expressing herself artistically.
Greatly influenced by Berlin’s night life, Shneider was inspired to share her clubbing experiences – to turn them into abstract paintings.
Alongside painting and performance art, Shneider is working as an art teacher and hosting a successful workshop.