For Everyday Heroes Alltagsspionage - Comicreportagen aus Berlin
Ulli Lust studied in Berlin with many who have made a name for themselves: Mawil, Kai Pfeiffer, Tim Dinter, Jens Harder. They teamed up to found the comic art collective "Monogatari" that brings out joint reportages while they still were students. "Everyday Espionage" is one of the first volumes and appeared in 2001. It contained two of Lust’s illustrated stories. They show how a woman from Vienna adopted the city with all its outlandish aspects: by drawing.
For Ulli Lust, inquisitive eyes are a prerequisite for boosting our powers of perception – while travelling and in everyday life. A problem while travelling is that she doesn’t have a drafting table and nor does she has the privacy required. Her best works have not been spontaneous, produced in the excitement of the events, but later, while sitting quietly at the drawing board and after expeditious planning.
At the turn of the millennium, more than 60 shopping centers were built in Berlin. One of them is the Gesundbrunnen Center in Berlin Mitte, Wedding district. It was opened on September 30, 1997. The center has a sales area of 25,000 m² and houses 110 shops and several restaurants presently. 1000 employees work in the shopping center, which receives an average of 33,600 visitors a day.
Thomas Hummitzsch on "Alltagsspionage“
Ulli Lust illustrates the scurrilous mix of sinful lingerie shops and gentlemen’s outfitters, of electronic market hells and small pet shops, of a paradise for household items, food courts and pay toilets in brutally honest and wild images."