The Dark Side of Finish Pop Music: Pooma

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Berlin is not only great for its vibrant local music scene, but benefits from touring bands from all over the world bringing inspiring new music styles to the capital. This week’s music recommendation from our side is Pooma. They are a Finnish band who specialised in putting a dark twist on pop music. Inspired by the movie director David Lynch who’s famous for The Elephant Man, Twin Peaks and Mullholland Drive and his surreal aesthetic they got some impressive visuals as well that you can enjoy after the jump.

On the Showcase Night of Nordic by Nature on Thursday you have the chance to see Pooma live in concert for free at Monarch. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity and put yourself on the guestlist just by emailing to guestlist@nbnberlin.de.  Also check their Soundcloud channel to get in touch with their vibe before the concert. More pictures and some really disturbing gifs after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 23rd, 2014
in Events, Music

Soon you are theirs: A Retrospective of Modern Dances

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photos: Florian Braun

Retrospectives are usually more of a common thing for older, established artists and do not fit the usual style of the fast changing league of Berlin’s avant-garde. But it seems that looking back has become the new fast forward in this town. In the case of the dancing duo Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot we really don’t mind to see a retrospective of all their work they have done so far at the HAU Theater. Gradinger has also created the little fluffy Pictoplasma monsters we love so much  and gathered some international reputation working with Costanza Macras in the past. I prefer there earlier pieces like Is Maybe to the latest, but make up your mind for yourself. Check out the Facebook event for all the details. More hot dancing pictures after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 23rd, 2014
in Theatre

Night of the Singing Living Rooms – Free Concerts all around Berlin

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photo: Dizzy Moon

Polly & Bob became a synonym for neighborhood activism and urban creativity in the last year. The small project is now taking Berlin by storm with another one of their wonderful events. After the Night of the singing Balconies and the Running Dinner through Friedrichshain there will be a one-day-event with free concerts inside the living rooms of Berlin on April 26, 2014.

My first thought was that most concerts would probably be from music-loving amateurs. But yet again Berlin proved me wrong showing up a lot of amazing talent performing for free at this event. Check out the whole list of performers over here. You can visit up to 4 concerts in one day at the times of 14h, 16h, 18h, and 20h. Each concert takes 30 minutes and then you have time to socialize with your neighbors and walk to the next living room. The tickets are for free but you have to reserve them in advance. The whole event will finish with a final concert of all participants at the Zwingli-Church (all the details here). After the jump there are some music recommendations from us and more photos.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 22nd, 2014
in Events, Music

Cinéma de Mode: Mykita + Maison Martin Margiela

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Berlin-based eyewear label Mykita has collaborated with cult label Maison Martin Margiela once again to bring out a collection of iconic sun glasses available in limited numbers in the Margiela and Mykita boutiques. For the release they commissioned directors Julien Soulier and Adrien Landre to create a wonderfully dreamy fashion film that you can enjoy after the jump along with more photos of the new collection.

Frank by Frank
on April 19th, 2014
in Fashion, Videos

Olympus Photography Playground Berlin 2014

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If there is one thing going on in Berlin right now that I recommend to absolutely everyone doing it’s this year’s edition of the Olympus Photography Playground that’s currently taking place at the Opernwerkstätten. What it is is a big exhibition with nine amazing artworks by international artists AlexandLiane, 3Destruct [ANTIVJ], Clemens Behr, Dean Chamberlain, Leandro Erlich, Philip Beesley, Anna Bruns & Thomas Brown, Transforma and Maser that are actually more than artworks, they are entire sets. And the fun part about it, is that you can walk into these sets and do something that so many exhibition in museums and galleries strictly forbid: taking photos. And boy is this fun. You can either focus on the artwork and explore it from every angle with your camera, or you can jump into the picture and become a part of the artwork yourself. Let’s call this #artselfie.

To give you the best possible experience at the Olympus Photography Playground you can borrow one of the new Olympus OM-D E-M10 cameras for the exhibition and keep the SD card afterwards. Last week I took a bunch of friends to the opening and we all tried out one of these babies. While the design is reminescent of old analog cameras, the technology is slick and new. This system camera has way to many great features for me to name here, but the one that I enjoyed the most was the wireless transfer of the photos directly onto my smartphone so I could post them on Instagram. What a blessing!

After the jump you can enjoy some of our photos that we took with these super cool cameras. If you wanna play around yourself you still have time until May 25 daily from 11-19h (also on the Easter holidays). In addition to the exhibition there is also a program of panel talks, workshops and live sessions for you to enjoy.

Frank by Frank
on April 17th, 2014
in Art, Photos

Berlin Goods: Shoes by VELT

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There is an unbelievably high amount of fashion designers here in Berlin, but when it comes to shoes it’s quite a different story. Being a shoe designer seems to be a rare calling here in Berlin which is really disappointing for me because I really love shoes. However, the few local shoe labels have all the more attention and that is a good thing.

One of them is the Berlin-based label VELT that is currently hosting a pop-up shop at The WYE at Skalitzer Str. 86. Their menswear line of shoes is really the perfect mix of classic shapes and subtle colors with enough unusual and playful details to make this an interesting shoe while still being wearable and not too crazy looking for the less fashionably daring gender. I particularily like their new summer collection that features a few models with cut-outs. They’re not sandals, but still quite airy and perfect for warmer temperatures of the season. Have a closer look after the jump and make sure to try them on at the pop-up shop.

Frank by Frank
on April 16th, 2014
in Fashion, Kreuzberg, Places, Shops

Exploring Berlin – Soviet Monument of Honor

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With longer daylight hours comes more time for nice walks in town. Most of the people living in Berlin have probably already taken plenty of walks through Mitte, visited the Museum Island or strolled through Mauerpark. But just a few have ventured out to Treptower Park to discover this impressive historical gem from the former GDR: The Soviet Monument of Honor. This monument was built in 1949 and is one out of three monuments built to remember the fallen soldiers from the red army.

What makes this monument so impressive is not only the giant statue of the child-saving soldier with the massive sword resembling more a knight from a fairy tale than of a Sowjet soldier. The gates to the monument are crystal-shaped pyramides that look like they were constructed for a space station from an alien nation. I guess the fascination for space and the idea of a Soviet world imperium already existed back then, continuing in the Cold War in the following decades.

I recommend to visit this place inside Treptower Park on a cloud free day to enjoy the view. The whole area and especially the soldier statues can give you goosebumps. I think getting in touch with this part of Berlin’s history is a stimulating experience not to be missed. More pictures after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 14th, 2014
in Places

Positions with Vermibus

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This Saturday the Open Walls gallery at Stattbad Wedding is opening the group show Positions with artworks by OX, BR1 and Vermibus, three artists that challenge the world of public advertising with their amazing adbusting interventions.

Vermibus is a street artist that has been on my radar for a while since I discovered his work at the subway stop Schönleinstraße a few years back. I think his transformation of glamorous advertising models into scary demonic creatures is really fascinating. To give you an impression and to get you excited about the exhibition tomorrow I have a few samples of his work for you after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on April 11th, 2014
in Art

Berlin Artist: Christopher Winter painting Speculative Realism

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In our upcoming series Berlin Artist we would like to present you some of our favorite artists and their work independent from a local exhibition. We realized that many artists may live in Berlin where the studio rent is low and the possibilities of creative exchange are vast. Nonetheless the buying art market and also many prestigious galleries and museums reside somewhere else. This is why a lot of artists living in Berlin rarely show their work here.

One artist got our attention at the KIK exhibition one month ago. At the group show inside Kino International with a variety of presented works Christopher Winter‘s paintings and sculptures stood out to me. I am not so sure if it was the mixture of cuteness and artistic faculty that impressed me or the slight melancholic feeling I felt watching his paintings. Have a look for yourself after the jump and stay updated on his website about his upcoming exhibitions.

Claudio by Claudio
on April 10th, 2014
in Art

The Unexpected Casting – A Guide on how to Selfie

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With all the current hype around the Oscar selfies, various Instagram selfie memes such as #aftersex, #iwokeuplikethis, #nomakeup, as well as elaborate feature articles about the topic in renowned newspapers and magazines it was bound to happen: a selfie casting campaign.

As already reported last week Alcatel ONETOUCH is looking for the new faces of their upcoming global advertising campaign with the help of an Unexpected Casting. To have a chance to win you only have to do one easy thing: submit your own selfies. A jury of three famous individuals will pick the best selfies amongst all the submissions. Amongst them is one expert of self-portrayal: uber-successful fashion blogger and now-celebrity Bryan Boy. I’m sure he has a thing or two to say about selfies as he has already published hundreds of them. His fellow jury members are Cool Hunting co-founder Evan Orensten, and Fake Leather founder Adriana Gastélum.

A little how-to-guide on taking the right selfie after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on April 10th, 2014
in Misc.