One of the most hilarious music videos of recent history comes straight from Berlin from the crazy artist duo Ben&Julia. It’s for the song Cookie Jar by Traffic Sings featuring Berlin-legend Jake The Rapper. It’s totally insane and we love it. These cookies are out of control! Enjoy it after the jump.
How can I describe something like GIANT? After dropping by Studio 44 today, an endless list of adjectives came to mind; though they all sounded so equivocal the self-proclaimed “performative installation” began to lose meaning. It’s a piece spanning 33 hours between March 26-29th, featuring 5 main artists (including the always-radiant, outspoken and hilarious Tatiana Saphir aka The Fruit Salad) and many guests. The work explores spatiotemporal ideas, immersing the audience in such a formless way the line between performer and spectator quickly disappear. In many ways, the artists don’t seem to be performing at all but rather using theatrical situations to speculate discourse, which they process through engagement with each other, as well as material objects. Over the course of 33 hours, there are scheduled guest appearances, which turned out to be the only way I had any concept of time in there. I walked in expecting to take some photos and stay an hour or two to chat about the concept behind their work, but instead walked out 5 hours later, extremely content with what I had just experienced, and time was the last thing on my mind. You can find out more about GIANT and see the photos from yesterday’s run after the jump.
Living just a few blocks away from Elbestraße, I was surprised to find Rosenkind there, inconspicuously tucked between apartment buildings. Located on one of the more residential streets of Neukölln, this charming café-boutique serves as a cozy local hangout that offers more than just delicious coffee and cake. This family-owned space also offers a unique shopping experience, while supporting young Berlin-based artists by providing a platform to present their work, be it art, handicrafts, music, fashion or events. With an interior that feels like a little treasure chest and a patio space to enjoy a beer or coffee in the sun, Rosenkind creates an inviting atmosphere that reminds us all to enjoy a break when our lives get too stressful and chaotic. I paid them a visit to have a chat with the lovely and charismatic Janan, who shared the recipe for her homemade vegan cake and told me about the concept behind their space. Click on to see why Rosenkind is the perfect afternoon stop on your stroll through Neukölln.
We’ve come across quite few web shows about Berlin in recent years, but for us GERMAN-NESS might be the best one so far. Former MTV host Claire Oelkers is the face of the show that uncovers not only the beauty and uniqueness of Berlin, but also other German cities. In several episodes she meets unique characters such as musicians, photographers, artists and entrepreneurs and spends a day with them discovering the city through their eyes. The makers of GERMAN-NESS describe their format as an alternative city guide which is what initially attracted us. And that description is pretty spot on, because in this show you will discover a lot of things about Berlin that are far off the beaten tracks and that even I haven’t heard of before. I like how host Claire remains charming with a hint of German reservedness that leaves the spotlight for the guest of the episode.
So far the series has explored the cities of Hamburg and Berlin with several episodes each. In Berlin they visited some familiar creative people such as photographer Oliver Rath, musician and former Berghain bouncer Rummelsnuff, the guys behind the street art collective Peach Beach, rapper Miss Platnum, DJ and producer K-Paul, and a few more. The places they visit in each episode range from underground artist communes, huge street art murals in abandoned factories, to secluded lakes outside of Berlin. Each week a new episode is released on their YouTube channel which you should definitely subscribe to! After the jump we are showing you our favorite episode. Enjoy!
Nadia + Zehra
This weekend the Berlin Alternative Fashion Week is happening for the second time and proving once more that fashion can be fun, eccentric and crazy. The first edition back in October 2014 was a total blast and took us by surprise with really amazing and entertaining shows. It’s great we finally have a platform in Berlin, that supports young and unconventional fashion that focusses on artistic and creative expression and not so much on commercial success. We loved the designers and their playful concepts to present their collections on the runway and we can’t wait to see the new shows. This time the BAFW has a program of 4 days starting this Thursday with an opening party at TRUST bar, a screening of Apollo.tv at the Nhow Hotel on Friday, a set of 3 runway shows between 14 and 23h at Postbahnhof on Saturday, and the Haute runway show at Nhow Hotel on Sunday. After the jump we have some previews of the partaking designers and a teaser video for you and we also give you the chance to win 2×2 VIP tickets for the entire festival that also includes entry for an exclusive party at Nhow Hotel. Enjoy!
I’ve always loved good food, but only since I’ve recently had dinner at Bandol Sur Mer I know what an experience food can be and what it feels like when your taste buds go cold turkey. Read all about the best dinner of my life at, what is said to be Brad Pitt’s favorite Berlin restaurant after the jump…
photo: Ganesha Balunsat
This is probably the most pressing question for many after and afternoon party friends in Berlin on any given Sunday (clearly we don’t need to ask this question for Saturday because the answer will be 100% for sure YES). I always fantasized about a secret webcam that gives you direct view onto the length of the cue so you know if you gonna be waiting forever or will swiftly slide in. And all of a sudden there it is: The new iPhone App Is There A Line At Berghain? is giving you the info you are looking for. It’s updated with the help of user feedback so it’s probably gonna be quite accurate as soon as it becomes more popular. Maybe this will even out all the peaks during the day to have a more fluent entrance situation? Oh let us dream, ok?
You might have noticed that lately we found several talented Berlin illustrators who have shown us their perspective on the city. Today I am glad to present you one particular artist who I have been following for quite a while. Sholem Krishtalka, is a Canadian illustrator and author and in my opinion one of the most talented storytellers of this city. He moved to Berlin nearly one and a half years ago and already created 30 short comic strips telling about his life in Berlin and his travels to other places in Europe. The short comics are little emotional journeys of a gay expat man here in Berlin, but I think that nearly everybody, no matter if gay or straight can relate to the tales of strange encounters happening in there. Some of the stories deal with general troubles, like finding a flat, others are more specific to the gay community. But all in all you realize that the comics are as unique as Berlin and no other place could have provided a better background for them. On Saturday, March 21, there will be an exhibition of Sholems dairies at the at SCHMIDT & HANDRUP gallery. Read a statement of the artist and all the details of the exhibition after the jump.
photos: Magdalena Bichler
What means friendship and – furthermore – relationship in times of Tinder, Grindr and any other sort of app and hook-up service. Can you expect to have a summer romance just by chance? Meeting somebody unexpected in a strange abandoned place in Germany? We are not sure what kind of story the theater play “Société des Amis. Tindermatch im Oderbruch” at Ballhaus Ost is going to tell us. But I am pretty sure that it will be one of a kind since the director Jan Koslowsky always has his way in creating unique theater experiences with a strong storytelling and intriguing text work. Check out the dates of the play after the jump.
Restaurant Neni, photo: 25hours Hotel
Berliners like new things. It’s part of the appeal of living in this city. It changes all the time, some things come, some things go. The city is in constant motion. This also applies to the restaurant scene in Berlin. We’ve seen a lot of places come and go here so every once in a while it’s good to give ourselves an update of the current state of cuisine. We have compiled a list of 12 new and new-ish restaurants in Berlin that we really like and that come with concepts and ideas that enrich this city. Enjoy our new restaurant guide. Guten Appetit!