Our article about the Men of Sugar at Berghain is one of the most successful art posts we’ve ever had on the blog so we thought we give you a little look behind the curtain of how this amazing sculpture by Australian artist Joseph Marr that is installed inside the bar of Berghain has been created. The sculpture (which the artists prefers to call an object because it wasn’t actually ‘sculpted’) shows a chain of men intertwined with each other in sexual embraces. But what is most interesting about it, is not the explicit sexuality of it or the place it was put on display, it’s the fact that it’s entirely made out of sugar. But before the sugar there was the flesh! The production of the piece of course required some real men to get down and dirty and of course which better place to look for them than the infamous Berghain itself. So these horny devils are not a product of the artist’s imagination, they actually exist and where scanned in 3D while doing what they are now doing for eternity inside their glass coffin under the bar counter. Check out who these men are and how this sculpture became a reality after the jump. And stay tuned to iHeartBerlin for exciting news about Joseph Marr’s upcoming solo exhibition…
Don’t we all love a little wisdom here and there. At least my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram streams are full of them, most of the time funny, but sometimes also inspiring.
In the spirit of their new campaign the brand new NISSAN JUKE is calling for people to share their favorite quotes on social networks. Why did a car choose this means of promotion you might wonder? It makes a lot of sense actually: The time you spend on the street driving gives you a lot of time to reflect and think and with the world passing by your sides in high speed you are likely to come across some revealing insights that make perfect life wisdoms. Check out their new #klappezu Website and use the truth generator to find some street wisdoms and clever quotes to share with the world- some of which are quite witty and funny. Enjoy!
Mystical places like the spie station Teufelsberg and the old Spreepark ruin have always been big magnets for the city bringing in the adventurous types who like to discover forbidden places and reminders of Berlin’s history. The website Abandoned Berlin has dedicated itself to discover all of these forgotten places with lots of pictures, reviews and infos on how to get there and how to get inside. The project has now been turned into a book that celebrates its release this month at the local be.bra Verlag. We think the project is really amazing and would love to give you a sneak peak inside the book with some of its most haunting photographs. If you enjoy what you see you might want to visit the talk that author Ciaràn Fahey is giving on March 12 here in Berlin.
Considering the average lunch or dinner of the modern Berliner is probably something between a Döner and a Kimchi soup it’s becoming more and more unlikely to come across a German-style meal these days! But why? I do realize German Cuisine is maybe not the most famous one in the world, but living here you should have at least tried! And to be honest, as much as I like Asian food, to have a really traditional German dish is just the best and now that I am writing about it my craving for it is becoming unbearable. I might have to go to one of our 8 best German restaurants that we have compiled for you after the jump. Enjoy!
photos: Christoph Sagel
The Karl-Marx-Allee in Mitte and Friedrichshain used to be the prestigeous shopping promenade of the GDR. But after the wall came down – probably even before that – it kind of lost its appeal and now only hosts a couple of shops that are kind of insignificant (except maybe BoConcept). But now the street has a new pearl that we can’t wait to tell you about: Coroto is a brand new high quality vintage furniture and interior store that opened recently at Frankfurter Tor in Friedrichshain. The spot is a little bit unusual, but I am sure with a concept as beautiful and sharp they will find their audience and vice versa.
They describe their store concept as “Tropical Living” – we describe it simply as “gorgeous”. They offer a mix of high quality vintage furniture and interior objects with European origins from the 50s to 80s. All of them are in impeccable condition and beautifully refurbished. To bring the tropical element in they combine it with ethnical handcrafts, ceramics and home textiles from India and South America which works wonderfully. It was certainly a great inspiration to completely redecorate my entire house. Especially the ceramic lamps are to die for. Enjoy some fabulous impressions and the details after the jump.
We’ve recently published a little collection of some of our favorite Berlin illustrations and received a couple of submissions since then which we would love to share with you. This one comes from artist and illustrator Xuehka who is half Colombian and half Italian and now living in Berlin. Obviously it didn’t take very long for some of Berlin’s special qualities to become inspiration for Xuehka’s work and so we find a lot of references to the city in these works. Enjoy some views on the nightlife, the subway, the creative scene and the Berliner’s favorite drink after the jump.
Kreuzberg has a new gem of Italian cuisine right in its heart at Lausitzer Platz. We tested the new restaurant Nudo recently and can full-heartedly give it the thumbs up. Co-owned by the founder of the super successful Kochhaus stores it comes as no surprise that the recipes and ingredients are of the best of quality here. The concept is also quite different from most restaurants. They only have one daily menu that consists of four courses and combines nouveaux cuisine and traditional dishes. It normally includes both fish and meat, but can also be requested as a vegetarian menu or other special requests. So you can basically come here every day and experience something entirely new. We love this concept very much, especially to such a fair price of only 25 EUR. Have a look at our impressions and check out this great new place as soon as you can!
If there is one thing about the restaurant scene in Berlin that I love it’s the amazing variety of Asian cuisine in town. I think I have never visited a city with more good Asian restaurants (outside of Asia of course) than Berlin. One of the most popular choices of Asian cuisine for the Berliners must be Indian. In some districts you get the feeling that literally every block has its own Indian restaurant. To be honest the huge amount of Indian places has also caused a mixed reputation for Indian cuisine in Berlin because apparently there are a lot of mediocre and bad ones. But those should not overshadow those places that have truely amazing Indian food. And to give you a helping hand in the big world of Indian food in Berlin, we have compiled a guide with our favorites and some of the most popular and loved Indian restaurants in Berlin. And in case this guide wets your appetite so much that you can’t wait to indulge into this food as soon as possible (as it did for me while writing this article) how about ordering in?
photos: Ale in Wonderland
This weekend a very special workshop is happening at the amazing Urban Spree gallery in Friedrichshain where you can get your freak in the most creative way. The workshop is about creating masks from scrap material and strange objects – cleverly timed to coincide with the upcoming carnival season. Led by artist Ambra Rosedorne you will be equipped with tools and basic materials, but you also have to bring some abandoned objects that you or other participants can use for their masks. It’s definately going to be bring your creativity to the next level. Enjoy the haunting photos by Ale in Wonderland of some of the previous masks of Ambra and be inspired for your own mask creation of Saturday.
As a creative person the best thing you can do with your life is do the one thing you are most passionate about. In the case of young photographer Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert it’s obviously naked hot guys. Well, not exclusively to be fair, his contributions to our We Are Berlin photo exhibition showed a way more diverse view into his photographic world. But still, the naked hot guys are a recurring theme in his work and we would be the last people to complain about that as he’s doing that genre of photography really well. After the jump we present you his latest series of male portraits in various states of undress that he took here at the recent Berlin Fashion Week in the backstage of the show of the label Sopopular. Enjoy!