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An Open House for Berlin Art Week

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While we are setting up our own exhibition WE ARE BERLIN yesterday we already got a peak at the two other exhibitions going on in the same loction both celebrating their opening tonight with Aerea Negrot DJing at the vernissage. The one exhibition is an impressive and dark painting exhibition by Codex that will happen in the room next to us. The other one is also a group show with young artists working in different genres and it’s organized by Your Mom’s Agency following their first show Twist in my Sobriety. It looks really amazing what I could already see and it reminds me a lot of the crazy group shows in the early days of HBC with art that integrates into all the different rooms of the venues. It’s going to be one hell of a wonderland with lots of artworks and installations to discover. Come by tonight for the opening and also get a sneak peak at our WE ARE BERLIN exhibition there. After the jump a few impressions of the works of the partaking artists.

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on September 17th, 2014
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WE ARE BERLIN – A Group Exhibition presented by iHeartBerlin

WE ARE BERLIN – A Group Exhibition presented by iHeartBerlin

photo: Katja Hentschel

Berlin is not made of its museums and monuments. It’s not defined by its architecture or geographical features. Berlin is not only about its history or its bad weather. Berlin is not Germany, it’s the entire world in one place. Berlin is made of the diverse, colorful, creative, grumpy, carefree, poor, hard-working, clueless, happy and lost people that live here. We are Berlin.

Today we would like to proudly announce our new group exhibition WE ARE BERLIN that will be open to the public from September 17th til 24th 2014 at a brand new venue at Leipziger Straße 60 with a big exhibition party happing on Saturday, September 20th 2014, in conjunction with our 7th Anniversary Party. The exhibition brings together the works of many of the creative talents that we have featured here and worked with over the past 7 years, as well as contribitions of our fellow bloggers including iGnant, Dandy Diary, Pieces of BerlinFinding Berlin, Paperboats and Pornceptual.  More about it after the jump.

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on September 15th, 2014
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7 Years of iHeartBerlin and 7 Surprises

7 Years of iHeartBerlin and 7 Surprises

Wow, can’t believe it’s already been 7 years since we started this little blog called iHeartBerlin that changed our lives completely. I’m super happy and proud of what became of this project and how we all have evolved with it. We’ve seen so many great things, not only here in Berlin, but in the whole world, met so many great, talented people and had some amazing opportunities given to us thanks to this website.

We are celebrating this of course! It’s not a round number, but hell, 7 is the coolest one digit number so let’s do this! We have 7 different surprises prepared for our 7th Anniversary, two of which we have already revealed. I can already tell you to mark your calendars for the following dates: September 17 and 20, and October 2, 2014. We have big things planned… Read more about it after the jump.

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on September 11th, 2014
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Berlin Festival 2014 Through your Eyes

Berlin Festival 2014 Through your Eyes

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Even though I was looking forward to going to Berlin Festival this season and checking out acts like Woodkid, Jessie Ware and Black Cracker at the new festival grounds of Arena Park I ended up staying home tyed to my desk working. But in the meantime I always eyed my Instagram stream that was filled with beautiful impressions from the festival, so I actually got the feeling I was right in the middle of it thanks to all of you who actually went there. I loved so many of the photos that I decided to compile a little best of from this year’s Berlin Festival 2014. So this is my recap through your eyes and your Instagram impressions. Enjoy the huge colorful set on 4 pages after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on September 10th, 2014
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Get The Ticket for Exclusive Gigs in Berlin

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Imagine that all the boring banners on your favorite websites that you like to check out would be replaces by something awesome, such as free tickets for the hottest concerts or news about secret gigs and parties. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well, guess what, if you are using the Chrome browser this can already be your reality right now if you just download and activate the brand new extension The Ticket that is part of Converse’ new compaign #SNEAKERSWOULD.

The nifty new browser extension uses ad-blocker technology to replace any ad banners with videos and gifs, hot event news and ticket raffles for exclusive gigs making this your digital Acess-All-Areas pass. And they have some amazing specials lined-up! For next week you can win tickets for Kindness and Blood Orange who will play together at a table dance club. The week after you can join Nina Kravitz and The Acids at a private listening session at Record Loft. And there is more to come! Find out how to get The Ticket after the jump.

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on September 9th, 2014
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Read My bodieSLANGuage

Read My bodieSLANGuage

After the announcement of our 7th anniversary party on September 20th we are today revealing the second of seven surprises that we prepared for you in celebration of 7 Years of iHeartBerlin! We call this brand new series of animated GIFs Read my BodieSLANGuange and what it is, is a collaboration of iHeartBerlin, the choreographer duo matanicola (Nicola Mascia & Matan Zamir) and the Sign Language interpreter and performance artist the progressive wave (Gal Naor).

This Thursday they are celebrating the premiere of their innovative new performance piece bodieSLANGuage at Ballhaus Ost. Mixing contemporary dance, Sign Language and gestures from pop culture and everyday life, the three choreographers explore the possibilities of expression of the hands with a group of eight international Deaf and hearing performers translating music and sound through the body and Sign Language.

To continue iHeartBerlin’s ventures into the world of theater and dance we came up with our animated GIF series as a digital add-on to the play referencing elements of the performance and mixing them with slang and gestures of contemporary youth and pop culture presented in the style of the many popular GIF Tumblrs such as When you live in Berlin. We hope you enjoy it and don’t miss the piece bodieSLANGuage this week!

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on September 9th, 2014
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What’s in your Pocket?

What’s in your Pocket?

Today we have something for your sense of smell for you. To celebrate the release of their pocket-sized collector’s edition of four of their most popular fragrances Comme Des Garçons is asking their fans: What’s in your pocket? Well, hopefully soon there is going to be one of the four mini flacons in the iconic CdG style in it. But until then?

To answer their question in a creative way and to give you a little inspiration on what your reply could look like, I created a little shirt pocket still life that pretty much reflects my current state of mind as I was dealing with a lot of pink rose petals lately due to our 7th anniversary of iHeartBerlin.

If you want to win one of the collector’s boxes with the mini editions of the four fragrances CDG 2, CDG2 MAN, WONDERWOOD and AMAZING GREEN you should take part in their Instagram challenge and post a picture of what’s in your pocket along with the hashtag #whatsinmypocket. Be creative! If you haven’t tested the amazing fragrances of Comme Des Garçons yet, you can request your free sample here, I recommend WONDERWOOD, it’s my personal favorite. After the jump a few more impressions and a little surprise.

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on September 8th, 2014
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The Berlin Wall Photo Booth

The Berlin Wall Photo Booth

I love photo booths! Ask anyone! It’s true! In my kitchen I have a little collection of different photo booth photos with my friends from various events and or even from the regular booths on the streets. It’s a tiny bit tacky maybe, but I love it anyway because it’s a nice little memento of a certain event or time you’ve shared with a friend.

At the Eastside Gallery along the former Berlin Wall there is now a brand new big photo booth you have to check out! More about it and some impressions after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on September 7th, 2014
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IFA 2014 – An Immersive Experience

IFA 2014 – An Immersive Experience

On Friday I made my very first visit to the IFA at Messe Berlin, one of the biggest fairs for consumer electronics. I’m not a the biggest nerd when it comes to technology and gadgets. Of course for my work I need a laptop, camera and a smartphone. But that’s pretty much it, I don’t even have a TV. So before I stepped into the Messe Berlin halls I imagined the whole affair to be like and out-of-control visit to Mediamarkt. But little did I know what I was getting myself into. This turned out to be a quite immersive experience of an almost overwhelming magnitude.

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on September 6th, 2014
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A Contemporary Art Guide for Berlin-Mitte

A Contemporary Art Guide for Berlin-Mitte

Ai Weiwei at Boros Collection

When I went through my city guide archive on iHeartBerlin I noticed that I neglected one of my favorite districts of the city a little bit in recent months. I lived in the North of Mitte for about 4,5 years and I quickly grew very fond of my neighborhood there around Rosenthaler Platz. Even though I live in Prenzlauer Berg now I still go there all the time and I really miss some of the places that I used to frequent on a daily basis. Mitte might have the reputation of being overly commercial, but I think still it is the best place for food, fashion and art as it has the best fashion shops, most important art galleries and the most popular restaurants in town.

As part of the brand new Heat Map by Heineken I was asked to create a list of my favorite places in Mitte. This Heat Map features the most interesting places not only in all the districts of Berlin, but also in Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. For my list I decided to create a little art tour through Mitte with some of the most important galleries for contemporary art as well as some of my favorite places that you will come across on the way. This walking tour is my ultimate suggestions on how to spend a day in Berlin-Mitte dedicated to art. Keep your eyes open on the way, as you will come across some nice shops, cafes and restaurants as well. Enjoy and be inspired!

Frank by Frank
on September 5th, 2014
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