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.
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.
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.
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.
It was a bit like the universe was against me going to Suz’ Last Days parties in the past year because whenever it happened I was out of town. But last Saturday the stars were finally aligned for us again and I was happy to be at Backyard for this special and extra fun party. I even made a big photo set for you with some GIFs. Enjoy after the jump on 3 pages.
Our pro-active blogger colleagues and sexbombs of Dandy Diary are at it again getting their fingers in the Berlin fashion scene. After their huge success story of the Dandy Diary Fashion Week party and multiple fashin films they are now stirring up the German Press Days with the #dandydiaryspace that is going to be open this week at Rosenthaler Platz with a daily program of fashion-related events. Today they start the week with the launch of the new limited edition T-Shirt collection by Hood by Air with New York-based photographer Kevin Amato who will also showcase some of his work there. During the week there will also be a “Dandy Talk”, a fashion presentation by Paris-based avant-garde streetwear label ASSK and a couple of parties. To see the schedule and some previews have a look after the jump.
On Thursday the highly anticipated Bikini Berlin opened its doors to the public after years of rennovations. What was once an old building with terrible shops is now a fancy, hipster shopping mall. Their slogan “Shop different” is really taken quite literal because this is surely not another Alexa. Instead of highstreet fashion you will find boutiques of local designers such as adddress, Umasan and Mykita, as well as concept stores with a mixed offering of international and local brands such as Acne, Stella McCartney and Esther Perbandt. You will find not only fashion but also exceptional interior design products for example in the amazing new Gestalten Gallery as well as books and selected design consumer electronics. Get a first impression with my photo set after the jump and than head over there, it’s also open on Sunday this weekend.
After the CLASHWALL, the big new street art mural at Torstraße, now comes the PHOTOCLASH, another one of the creative Sneaker Clash events by Converse. What is the PHOTOCLASH? It’s your photo turned into a piece of unique art by local illustrators and urban artists, such as Mike Friedrich, Bene Rohlmann, DXTR, Dome, Johannes Mundinger, Blo, Saddo and The London Police. How do you participate? You just have to submityour photo via Twitter with the Hashtag #clashmyphoto and with a tag of @Converse or you go to the PHOTOCLASH Studio at Mein Haus am See at Brunnenstr. 197/198 today or tomorrow night between 18 and 2h to have your picture taken there. How does that look like? Jump over the jump to see it and have fun getting your photo clashed!
Last Saturday Berlin’s walls got upgraded with yet another amazing huge streetart mural. This new artwork, a collaboration of street artists Wurstbande, Gogoplata and Rylsee, was put together by many small illustrations based on over 380 submitted ideas and sketches of streetart fans. The finalization of the CLASHWALL was accompanied by an open air party and barbeque that took place in the empty space between two buildings on Torstraße 86 where you can still see the huge piece. I joined the festivities and took some photos that you can enjoy after the jump along with a cool video summery.
This Thursday Converse’s SNEAKER CLASH series goes into the next round with the PHOTOCLASH that is taking place at Mein Haus am See for 3 days. Several local artists will “hack” your own photos that you can submit via Twitter or bring to the event and create little artworks out of them. Sounds fun?! Than head over to the PHOTOCLASH Studio at Brunnenstr. 197/198 from April 3-5 from 18-02h. Enjoy!
When I look around me in the streams of social media channels of Facebook, Instagram and co. it’s pretty obvious: We are living in the “Generation Selfie”. At first I was a little critical about the aspects of vanity and redundancy that came along with this new trend. But by know I have come to understand this as yet another form of communication of youth culture and our contemporary society…